If you’ve ever been to the Gentle Place for a massage, you have probably been invited to take in a few deep breaths of lavender oil (or perhaps eucalyptus oil) at the beginning of your massage. We often start with aromatherapy to help you shift from your busy mind to a more relaxed state. It is a favorite of many of our clients. They even tell us that they think of their massage and feel relaxed any time they smell the same aroma in their day to day life!
Smells are powerful. Because our sense of smell is not filtered by the cortex of the brain, we can not even control our reactions to it. Who among us isn’t emotionally impacted by smells that remind us of an experience in our life?Perhaps we love the smell of cookies baking, a perfume our grandmother used to wear, or the smell of clean sheets that have been hung out on the line to dry. Any of these types of smells have the potential to either bring back a memory, a feeling, or an experience.
In addition to the smells holding a place in our memory, essential oils have healing benefits as well. Depending upon the properties of the plant or flower the oils are from, aromatherapy can help “relieve anxiety and depression, boost energy levels, speed up the healing process, cure headaches, boost cognition, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation“.
Aromatherapy has become a part of the natural wellness community because it is natural, holistic and gentle. But there is science behind the mental/emotional and healing qualities of these essential oils,, and experiencing these smells under the guidance of someone who has studied essential oils is a wonderful experience.
Come try a yoga class infused with essential oils with our yoga teacher and aromatherapist Laura Searles, and experience the benefits of aromatherapy for yourself.
And come experience a massage with aromatherapy! Schedule your hour of massage bliss HERE!
For more general information about the benefits of aromatherapy, check here!