Aroma-Reflex: A Blend of Aromatherapy and Reflexology
What is Aroma-Reflex?
Quite simply, Aroma-Reflex is a combination of aromatherapy and reflexology. Aromatherapy is a relatively modern term for an ancient form of treatment which uses essential oils extracted from aromatic plants to promote and maintain physical and emotional health, and wellbeing. Aromatherapy, like reflexology, is a holistic treatment – this means it views the individual’s body, mind and spirit as a whole unit. It aims to target the cause of imbalances or illness within the body rather than by suppressing symptoms, as with so many modern medicines. It seeks to support the body to treat the cause, rather than the symptoms.
What happens during a treatment?
The client lays on the treatment couch, in comfortable clothes which can be rolled up to allow access to bare feet and lower legs to the knee. The treatment starts with the oils being massaged into the lower legs and feet before the reflexology treatment commences in full. The legs are covered in a blanket when the reflexology begins, to keep the client warm and comfortable.
How does it work?
Massage offers the additional benefits of the essential oil being primarily absorbed through the skin as well as being inhaled. The movements and techniques used in reflexology further serve to massage the oils into the reflexes, helping to boost circulation, which also promotes the flow of lymph around the body, which helps flush out toxins.
Reflexology and massage are both relaxing to experience, which helps calm body and mind. This allows the Parasympathetic Nervous System to take over from the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS). The SNS kicks in when the body is in pain or under stress – what is commonly known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. When the body is in parasympathetic mode, it can rest and start the process of repair.
Benefits of Essential Oils:
So let’s have a look at some of the benefits of the oils that I am currently using in my aroma-reflex treatments. These lists are by no means exhaustive – there are simply far too many benefits and uses to discuss here!
Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia):
The oil is extracted from the rind of this rather funky small, green citrus fruit. Benefits include: easing emotional stress such as anxiety, depression, tension; relieving indigestion; UTIs; eczema / psoriasis; and cramps.
Lavender (Lavender Augustifolia):
One of my favourite oils, and one which even comes on holiday with me in case I need it! The oil is steam distilled from the freshly cut flowering tops and stalks. Benefits include: antiseptic and antiviral properties; it can have a sedative effect (hence great for relaxation); soothing for skin conditions such as eczema; migraines / headaches; menstrual problems; fluid retention; asthma; stress and anxiety. Specific foot conditions which may benefit include arthritis, chilblains, cramp, dry skin, and fluid retention. Have a look at how you can use Lavender oil to help you sleep !
Lemon (Citrus Limon):
Another of my favourite oils, and really deserves a post all of its own (and probably will have one in the not too distant future!) as it has just so many uses! The oil is derived from cold expression of the peel. Benefits include: cleanses toxins; stimulates circulation; boosts energy; purifies skin; lifts mood. A study published in Exoerimebtal Biology & Medicine found that breathing in the scent of lemon essential oils improved neurological activity that promoted the breakdown of body fat!
Foot conditions which may benefit include arthritis, bunions, cold feet, and fluid retention.
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale):
The oil is steam distilled from the dried, unpeeled rhizome. Ginger and lemon work well together, and the spicy scent of the ginger compliments the citrusy scent of the lemon. Benefits include: boosting circulation, so its good for cold hands/feet; digestive issues; nausea; muscle pains; cramps; arthritis; sinus problems.
I am currently offering an aroma-reflex treatment for just £30!
There are two options you can choose from:
Relaxing: Using a blend of Bergamot and Lavender essential oils in a Sweet Almond carrier oil
Energising: Using a blend of Lemon and Ginger essential oils in a Sweet Almond carrier oil
All oils are organic, or course!
Any questions? Just get in touch!
Let me know what are your favourite essential oils? And how do you use them?
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* I am a Reflexologist not an Aromatherapist! I have undergone further training in Aromatherapy for the Feet and as such, am insured to use a limited number of essential oils as part these treatments.