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Jan 30 2012

With Lavender, Marjoram, Mandrin and Palo Santo Essential Oils

Boost Your Bottom Line!

 

Why Use Essential Oils in Your Spa?

I gave recently gave a talk at the National Aesthetic Spa Network event in Florida where I shared with them some tips to boost their bottom line in our current recession economy. According to the Global Spa Report here are the top 5 reasons people visit a spa:
  1. 88%  – Relaxation / Stress Management
  2. 59% – Hair / Nails / Waxing Maintenance
  3. 47%  – Improve Appearance
  4. 37% – Skin Care
  5. 22% – Pain Management
It is very important to note that Relaxation and Stress Management still remain the primary reason consumers visit spas.

What Does Aromatherapy have to do with this?

Aromatherapy may not be what draws a customer to your spa, but it may very well be what keeps them coming back! One of the best noticeable results of Aromatherapy is in the areas of Relaxation and Stress Management.

First, what is Aromatherapy?  The term aroma + therapy, leads us to think that Aromatherapy is the therapy of aromas and if that were true, then Aromatherapy would be therapy using anything that smells good, which is not the case. Aromatherapy is a Holistic Therapy that uses plant’s Essential Oils to balance the mind, body and emotions. Maybe a more appropriate term should be Essential Oil Therapy.

I love Gabriel Mojay’s, definition of Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of Essential Oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing”. His definition sums up all the benefits of Aromatherapy and addresses the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs that draw people to a spa.
Remember: People recall smells with a 65% accuracy after a year, while the visual recall of photos sinks to about 50% after only three months. What do you think your guests are going to remember a year after they have visited your spa?

The Benefits of Aromatherapy that Address the Top Reasons People Visit Spas!

 
  1. Essential oils such as Lavender, Marjoram, Mandarin and Palo Santo have relaxing properties; they can help people who suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, etc.

  2. You can add anti fungal essential oils like Niaouli and Tea Tree to your manicure and pedicure treatments to prevent fungus and to make nails stronger.

  3. People not only want to improve their appearance but want to feel good about themselves.  Essential oils with a floral scent such as Geranium, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Rose and Jasmine are said to boost your self-esteem and help you feel better about your body image.

  4. Did you know that Essential Oils can improve the texture of your skin?  When you do a facial massage you can add 1 drop of Frankincense + 1 Lavender + 1 drop Helychrisum to your facial oil or lotion as a great way to restore tissue, prevent damage, scavenge free radicals and improve the general texture of the skin.

  5. PeppermintGinger and Palo Santo Essential Oils can improve circulation and relieve symptoms of acute and chronic pain, because of their anti-inflammatory properties. Mix 2 drops of each with a teaspoon carrier oil and massage sore areas.
How You can Implement Aromatherapy in Your Spa Use Aromatherapy burners, I like to use electric burners because they are easier to handle, you don’t have to be concerned about the flame of the candle and you can have one in each treatment room, and a couple of them on the reception area. The advantages of having an aromatherapy burner are many, among them:
  • Essential Oils are antiseptic, and this is very important especially in the cold and flu season – useful oils for this purpose are eucalyptus, rosemary, ravensara and bergamot.
  • You want your therapists and your front desk staff to be focused and alert, Essential Oils of cardamom, peppermint,  and rosemary provide a beautiful welcoming scent to your guests and at the same time helps your staff feel energized and ready to work.

  • Makes everybody smile – This will always be the case with all the essential oils, but if it’s a rainy or a winter day, you  may want to use citrus Essential Oils as they nourish the heart and release feelings of euphoria.
Call Aromandina at (678) 897-4869 or go to www.aromandina.com to order your Essential Oils today and start using them in your spa! In Part II we will provide some great ideas to implement the use of Essential Oils in every treatment.
© 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Dec 21 2010

It is very often that clients ask me for aromatherapy solutions to relieve pain. Pain can have numerous origins and manifests itself in different ways. Several disorders such as rheumatism, arthritis, gout and tendinitis cause pain in the muscles or joints, which can be quite debilitating at times.

While some essential oils are very effective in providing localized relief, others work from deep within to eliminate toxins and reduce inflammation.

Hot compresses give considerable relief and several massage therapists have shared with me that alternate hot and ice cold compresses work the best.

Massage is an age-old and time-tested remedy for pain as it stimulates circulation and expels toxins.

If inflammation is the cause of pain, a warm aromatic bath can relieve the soreness and comfort the joints. It is also a great way to detoxify the system.


Always bear in mind that a painful muscle is often a manifestation of mental stress and anxiety. The wonderful thing about aromatherapy is that it always addresses physical, mental and emotional aspects and promotes holistic healing. Incorrect posture can cause chronic pain, especially in the shoulders and back.
According to Shirley and Len Price, authors of Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, “Most people with pain usually become anxious about the possible implications; this leads to muscle tension and muscle tension increases the pain that increases the emotional response and so on, each perpetuating the other into a vicious circle that can become a spiraling process.”

Muscle pain is usually caused due to the accumulation of toxins and uric acid within the muscle tissue. Essential oils penetrate deep to help eliminate toxic build up and also prevent further accumulation of uric acid. Here are some the oils that can be used safely at home:

Methods of use:

Mix a total of 60 drops of the essential oils you choose with 4 oz of carrier oil. Massage sore areas with this blend twice a day.You may also follow up with alternate hot and cold compresses. Soak in a bath with a choice of three of these oils, 3-4 drops each: Lavender, Ravensara, Cardamom, Frankincense, Niaouli, Pine, Geranium and Patchouli oils added to it. This relaxes the muscles and provides instant relief from pain.

Aromandina Recommends:
  •   Circulation Body Oil with Cypress, Geranium, Ginger and Niaouli to stimulate circulation of blood and lymph and prevent accumulation of uric acid in joints
  •   Pain Begone Body Oil for instant pain relief. A blend of Birch, Peppermint, Ravensara and Lavender acts as natural and refreshing analgesic and anti-inflammatory
  •  ALIVIO Bath Soakto boost lymph circulation and remove toxins from your body. Warming and restoring oils like Clary Sage, Lemon and Cardamom comfort and invigorate the muscles.

Other articles about essential oils for pain relief:
Helychrisum italicum (Immortelle) – essential for your medicine cabinet, and your life in general
How to Use Helychrisum Or Everlasting Oil

© AROMANDINA 2010– All rights reserved – aromatherapy blog The information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
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Nov 16 2010

The Pain Relief  Massage Protocol is designed with particular attention to promote circulation of blood and lymph fluid. Many symptoms of pain relate to an unnatural contracted condition in the body. In many painful conditions, for whatever reason, toxins are held in the body rather than easily flowing out as waste.
This Pain Relief treatment utilizes essential oils that are known to penetrate, reaching deep into the tissue, assisting in the circulation of fluids which will release held toxins that tend to cause pain.

On an energetic emotional level, this treatment assists the client in replacing feelings of worry, related to thinking that life is hard and painful and something that must be endured, with feelings of ease and relaxation through belief that life is enjoyable and always moves in cycles of greater fulfillment.

It is useful for cases of fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

Products in the treatment:

Body Oil for Circulation
Pain Begone Body Oil

Lavender Essential Oil
ALERTA Body Mist

Room Set Up:

One bowl filled with cold water.
Crockpot filled with warm water on low setting with 1 tbsp table salt that has previously been mixed with 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Have 1 hand towel soaking in both the crockpot water and the bowl with cold water

Supplies on Hand:

2 Hand Towels

Table Set Up:

Set up the table for a massage

Home Care Products:

Begone Body Oil
Body Oil for Circulation
Headache Begone Roll On
ALERTA Body Mist

Procedure:

1. Wring out the hot water from the hand towel that is in the crockpot and lay it over the painful body area. With a flat hand press the hot water into the body tissue. Using your thumb you can press firmly into Trigger and Shiatsu points for deeper release.
2. Wring out the hand towel that is soaking in the cold water and place it over the same body area you just compressed. With a flat hand press the cold water into the body tissue. Using your thumb you can press firmly into Trigger and Shiatsu points for deeper release.
3. Continue back and forth using the hot and then the cold compresses on the painful body area 3 times each promoting blood and lymphatic flow out to the surface of the body and then back into the core. The whole process should take about 12 minutes.
4. After hot and cold compressing the painful body area massage it with  Pain Begone Body Oil .
Utilize the massage techniques you have learned that assist with pain relief, such as NMT, Trigger Point, Shiatsu and Myofascial Release. As you massage, in your mind’s eye see the painful contraction and toxicity completely dissipating from your client’s body. Feel the joy of easiness, freedom of movement and release, communicating that in your touch to your client.
5. Continue in the same sequence; 3x each alternating hot and cold compresses and then massage, on each painful body area.
6. Finish massaging the rest of the body with Body Oil for Circulation. Use complete body strokes to soothe, calm and reintegrate the whole body as one.
7. Turn your client over and continue the same sequence on the other side.
8. Finish treatment with a gentle spray of ALERTA Body Mist  on their faces.

Note: Starting your client prone or supine is the therapist’s choice depending on preference.

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Women’s Joy – Massage Treatment
Massage Treatment for Anxiety and Stress Relief with Aromatherapy
© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved The information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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