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Apr 23 2015

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Even if people are already raving about your spa treatments, it’s easy to make them even better with aromatherapy!

Why bother?

First and foremost, you can incorporate aromatherapy into any spa treatment you can dream up — from facials, to massages, to manicures, to pedicures. So no matter what you specialize in, you can take advantage of a quality aromatherapy regimen.

But this isn’t the only benefit. As soon as you start working with different essential oils, you’ll be able to:

  •  Give your guests an easy way to immediately relax

  • Go beyond physical needs. For example, if a physical symptom is being caused by an underlying emotional issue, the right scent can help you tackle it.

  • Stimulate feelings of euphoria and happiness

  • Use scent to make a good impression on your guest’s subconscious, which is where most decisions come from. In turn, this can make your guests more loyal to you.

  • Set yourself apart from competing spas

But how exactly do you incorporate essential oils into each spa treatment?

There are 3 easy ways to do it:

  1. Get an aromatherapy burner or diffuser for each of your treatment rooms
  1. Use an aromatherapy mist during your treatments
  1. Use a special aromatherapy massage oil that’s got essential oils in it

If you want to reap the biggest possible benefits from these 3 things, follow these 6 tips. I’ve personally tested them out, and my guests absolutely love the experience I’ve created for them!

1. Put your favorite essential oil in your aromatherapy burner/diffuser

After all, you’re going to be in the treatment room all day long, so you’ve got to have a scent you love!  Whether you use one essential oil or a blend, tell your guests why you made the selection you did.  They’ll appreciate knowing that you’ve gone the extra mile to choose something great.

2.  Use your aromatherapy mist right at the beginning of the treatment

Combine 3 drops of orange essential oils, 3 drops of frankincense and 2 drops of lavender with 1 oz of distilled water. This mist will create a feeling of instant relaxation, which is exactly why your guests are there in the first place — to relax!  A quick squirt or two will also encourage your guests to trust your caring hands.  For best results, tell your guest to close her eyes, breathe deeply, and point the nozzle upwards, so that the mist falls gently onto her face.

3.  Use a drop of lavender or mandarin with your eye pillows

Both of these oils offer a calming scent that will make your treatments even more powerful.  Place the drop on a tissue, then wrap it around your eye pillow.  (Just make sure the oil isn’t touching your guest’s face!)

4.  Add a massage into the mix

Combine some essential oils with a carrier oil to create your own massage oil.  Then, use it to massage your guests’ legs during pedicures.  Or, use the oil to massage your guests’ arms, hands, and décolletage during facials.  These aromatherapy massage oils can also replace your traditional oils during your massage treatments.

Dilute a total of 15 drops with 1 oz of Carrier oil such as jojoba, fractionated coconut oil or macadamia oil.

5.  Make things personal

Lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint all create great feelings, but they’re not the only essential oils you can use during your spa treatments.  A great way to mix things up is to ask each guest how they’re feeling when they arrive and then choose the oil that best suits their mood.  Just like that, you’ve made each treatment more personal, and your guests will love that special one-on-one attention!

How do you know which oil is right for each guest?

–  If your guest is stressed out, use Palo Santo, Frankincense, or Bergamot to help her calm down. 

–  If your guest has some aching muscles, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Pine will all help boost her circulation and relieve the pain. 

–  If your guest is fighting off an illness, tap into the natural antibacterial properties of Eucalyptus, Ravensara, or Tea Tree.

–  If your guest is feeling a little depressed, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Litsea Cubeba are all powerful mood boosters.

–  If your guest is tired, Rosemary, Peppermint, Pine, and Cardamom will all stimulate the adrenal glands and fight off fatigue.

–  If your guest is feeling sluggish or bloated, Fennel, Grapefruit, and Cedarwood will all help get the lymph system working, while also helping to break down fatty deposits in the cells.

–  If your guest is suffering from PMS, Geranium, Clary Sage, Rose, and Jasmine will help balance everything out.  You can even dilute these oils with a carrier oil, apply the mixture directly to the skin, and cover with a hot towel.  That will definitely chase those cramps away!

6.  Encourage your guests to buy their own essential oils to use at home

That way, they can experience all of the good feelings you’ve created for them anytime they want.  That will definitely encourage them to tell their friends about you!

Incorporating aromatherapy into your spa treatments is easy when you tap into the expert advice and high-quality products at Aromandina!

© 2015, 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.


Apr 28 2014 Mothers day massage protocol
 

Women deserve a special kind of pampering, especially because they often forget to look after themselves as life takes over.  A spa is an ideal place where women can bond and spend quality time with each other, in the lap of luxury. 

The Sweet Serenity is a super-indulgent aromatherapy spa treatment that uses precious essential oils and offers your guests the perfect opportunity to escape life and celebrate their feminity. 

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Mar 12 2014

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I have outlined some steps I have personally used and tested that use Essential Oils in spa treatments. They have always produced the WOW factor and bring clients back again and again.

  • Use an Aromatherapy burner or diffuser in your treatment room  
  • Use an Aromatherapy mist during any of your treatments  
  • Use Aromatherapy massage oil in any of your treatments
STEP 1 – Have your room prepared – your Aromatherapy burner or diffuser should have your favorite Essential Oil or Essential Oil blend, remember, you are the one in that treatment room all day, so think about yourself, your guest will enjoy your choice.

STEP 2 – Use   Sleep Time Aromatherapy Mist to set the stage for relaxation.

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Aug 12 2013

machu picchu

When Les Nouvelle Esthetiques, a well-known spa and esthetics magazine, approached me to write a facial protocol for a Machu Picchu-inspired facial, it got me very excited. You see, when I lived in Ecuador, I used to design customized aromatherapy facials and body treatments for the local resorts using natural indigenous ingredients combined with essential oils.  Therefore, the concept of a “Machu Picchu Facial” instantly reminded me of the Andean ingredients that the native women use to care for their skins. Wondering what makes the Machu Picchu Facial so special and unique? It is the rare and exotic ingredients from the Andes!

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Jan 04 2011   A spa session doesn’t start with the hands on treatment.  It is important to follow a sequence that will create a trusting environment for the client, this will help establish a bond between you as the professional and the client.  Each phase of a session is as essential as any other. Although some may take less than 5 minutes, they should never be skipped or thought of as unimportant.  At the end of the session, the client will be eager to hear the recommendations provided by the therapist.

4 PHASES OF A SESSION
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1. GREETING

The first stage in any spa treatment is the first impression the client has of you. As such it is critical and sets the stage for the work to be done. Communicate with your presence a warm sense of welcome and invitation. Think of your client as a dear childhood friend or a loved one you haven’t seen in a while. Express with your eyes and handshake a genuine interest in them and desire to be of service.

2. CONSULTATION

As you enter the treatment room, sit down with your client and find out what brings them in today. Do they have a specific need, like a pain somewhere in their body? Did they have an accident or some kind of emotional stress? Write down what they say and before having them get on the table let them know how you will address their concern. If you are using a specific product or therapy, like aromatherapy, let them know that it will be beneficial for them to use it at home as it will continue addressing their concern. This phase brings the client and therapist into a specific agreement concerning the treatment and is thus critical. This should take no more than 5 minutes.

3. TREATMENT

This is what most people consider as the treatment. As far as time is concerned, it certainly is the bulk of the treatment. This is where the concerns are addressed as agreed upon in the consultation. It should be noted that the treatment moves through the same sequence as the session, beginning with the introduction of your touch. It should communicate the warmth, care and concern you feel for your client. As they relax with your touch, you gain their agreement on a subconscious level allowing you to address their concerns. You can then work at deeper and deeper levels bringing them to a new level of ease, relaxation and greater range of motion.

4. RECOMMENDATIONS & NEXT APPOINTMENT

This last phase is also critical as it guides your client to a greater level of personal responsibility for their wellbeing, allowing the therapy to continue to the next level. Suggest to them what they need to do to at home in order to continue to improve. Also suggest the best time for a return visit. Write down your recommendations and suggested reschedule time and give it to them. Also, write those down in your folder in order to follow-up with them on their next visit.

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