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Important Aromatherapy should be avoided during the first three months of pregnancy. You should avoid sunbeds, saunas, steam baths, and waxing for approx. 24 hours after treatment. If you have high blood pressure, hypotension, thyroid disease or diabetes; please have a chat with your doctor before booking in. As part of the healing and balancing processes, Aromatherapy encourages the elimination of toxins from the body – this may be evidenced by increased urination and/or bowel movements – or even a headache. If you have unfavourable reactions such as sneezing, nausea, localized wheals or rashes you should discontinue the treatment immediately. These types of reactions can be avoided if known allergies and medical conditions are disclosed prior to treatment, hence the importance of completing your consultation honestly. Immediately after your treatment, you may feel very relaxed and sleepy and just want to go home and lie down. This is perfectly ok - unless of course you have to go to work…☺

Appointments All bookings should be made in advance by telephoning 07957 630 186 or by using our online appointment service. 24 hours notice is kindly requested although we are sometimes able to accommodate you at short notice. Payments for courses of treatments must be made in full at the start of the first session. We require 24 hours notice for cancellations. Treatments can be carried out at our place or yours – please specify which at the time of booking.

Service Menu 1 hour Aromatherapy massage (includes initial consultation & bespoke blend) - £60 Follow up treatments (similar or same blend) - £45 1 hour Aromatic massage - £45 Targeted treatments including products - £30 Course of 4 treatments: £170 Course of 6 treatments: £240 Course of 8 treatments: £300 Course of 10 treatments: £350 All courses must be completed within 6 months of the initial consultation.

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Holistic Natural Stress Management through Holistic Massage & Complementary Therapies

Almond & Avocado Ltd Brockley, London, SE4 1HN www.avocadoholistic.com E: almocado@gmail.com P: +44-(0) 7957 630 186

Annette Clark Headley M.A. Cantab ITEC Qualified Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist & Reflexologist


What is it good for?

Aromatherapy

their oily essences. In the early 20th century a French

Aromatherapy can be used to treat variety of disorders including skin, digestive and respiratory conditions, migraine, PMS & other menstrual complaints and menopausal problems, chronic fatigue, stress, depression and anxiety. It can also be used to relieve muscular pain, tension, insomnia,

chemist and perfumier, Rene Gattefosse, badly burned

coughs and colds, burns and scar tissue.

Aromatherapy is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt, where plants and flowers were distilled to extract

his hand whilst working in his laboratory. In an attempt to cool the burn he plunged his hand into a vat of

Benefits

lavender essential oil that was waiting to be used in perfume. To his amazement, Gattefosse found that the burn healed extremely quickly, without blistering or scarring; he went on to research the healing properties

What does it involve?

of other plants.

Each treatment begins with a thorough consultation

During the Second World War Jean Valnet, a French doctor, used essential oils to treat the wounds of the soldiers. A French biochemist, Marguerite Maury, further developed the idea, using essential oils as an integral part of healing massage.

through which your practitioner will gain an understanding your medical history, lifestyle and desired outcomes for the therapy – this enables her to design a blend of essential oils, specifically tailored to suit your needs.

How does it work?

The recipe can contain 4 to 8 different essential oils

Human beings can distinguish up to 10,000 different

oil). For an Aromatherapy Massage treatment you

smells – some delightful and others nauseating. It is

will need to be undressed – so as to allow as much

believed that smells enter through the cilia – the fine

contact with the skin as possible for maximum

hairs which line the nose – and then go on to the limbic

absorption. Your modesty will be preserved at all

system, the part of the brain that controls our moods,

times, only the area being worked on will be exposed

emotions, memory and learning.

at any given moment.

Each essential oil from a flower, plant, root, leaf or

Alternatively, the Aromatherapist can use diffusion or

piece of bark contains up to one hundred different

inhalation (instead of absorption) as a method of

chemical components (including esters, ketones,

treatment. This involves heating the oils with water in

aldehydes and terpenes) which can have a strong effect

an oil diffuser or burner; or adding them to a spray or

on the whole person. For example, research has shown

compress. For specific treatments (skin complaints,

that the smell of lavender increases alpha waves in the

wounds and infections) the oils can be added to a

back of the head, producing relaxation. The smell of

cream, gel or lotion; or to a handmade shampoo or

jasmine increases beta waves in the front of the head,

conditioner to treat hair loss, dandruff, or dry/oily hair

producing sensations of being more alert.

complaints. Insomnia & congestion can be treated by

blended into 1 or more carrier oils (e.g. sweet almond

adding drops to cotton wool tucked under your pillow while you rest.

Aromatherapy treatments have both physiological and psychological effects. The medicinal and therapeutic properties of the essential oils can be inhaled (aromas) and absorbed (through the skin when combined with holistic massage) with cumulative benefit. Depending on the choice of oil the overall effect can be soothing, calming, uplifting, revitalizing, motivating, stimulating, mentally clarifying or rejuvenating and it can also give a boost to the immune system. In summary form the benefits are as below: • Stress is believed to be a major cause of physical illness, so by reducing tension and improving blood and nerve supply, Aromatherapy can contribute to an improvement in general health. • Aromatherapy can reduce feelings of grief, depression and despair. • Improves circulation; • Helps restore balance in the body; • Stimulates the immune system; • Enhance lymphatic drainage, in turn reducing fluid retention and preventing oedema. • Increases energy levels by decongesting the nerves


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