Aomatherapy and Pregnancy Massage
Aromatherapy Massage in Reading
Aromatherapy dates back to ancient Egypt, where plants and flowers were distilled to extract their essential oils.
In the early 20th century a French chemist and perfumier, Rene Gattefosse, badly burned his hand whilst working in his laboratory. In an attempt to cool the burn he plunged his hand into a vat of lavender essential oil that was waiting to be used in perfume. He found that the burn healed extremely quickly, without blistering or scarring, and he then went on to research the healing properties of other plants.
Each essential oil from a flower, plant, root, leaf or piece of bark contains up to one hundred different chemical components which have a physiological effect on a person.
An aromatherapy massage consultation will begin with your medical history being taken and what you would like the therapy to achieve for you. On the basis of the information you provide, an individual oil blend is prepared to suit your needs and used in the massage.
Aromatherapy can be used for a variety of physical and emotional problems including reducing stress, improving sleep and to promote spiritual, emotional and physical well-being.
Some essential oils must be strictly avoided during pregnancy, if you are epileptic, have high blood pressure or sensitive skin or intend to go into strong sunshine after applying the oils. During the consultation, you will be advised of any potential contraindication.
Pregnancy & Massage in Reading
Once in, or passed, the thirteenth week, massage can offer effective relief from those aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Adapted techniques are used as well as adapted body positions. Advice can also be given on diet and lifestyle, the safe use of aromatherapy oils and also reflexology points for labour.
A detailed pregnancy medical history is taken prior to any treatment or massage. Our therapists are also able to show massage techniques to partners.
Massage before the thirteenth week is not recommended.
Gentle massage during pregnancy may help to:
- ease muscular tension
- reduce anxiety
- improve your sleep
- prepare you for the birth
- reduce aches and pains
We are based in Theale near Reading.