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Aromatherapy Massagekaren borthwick

Karen Borthwick


Aromatherapy is a therapy used to alleviate physical and mental stresses with the use of essential oils and other aromatic substances of plant origin.

It is an ancient art dating back to the ancient Romans and Greeks, and is today one of the fastest growing complementary therapies in hospitals and hospices.

Essential oils are powerful substances contained within a plant packed full of all the enzymes and nutrients essential to that plants life.  In the plant they are mostly used for defensive or reproductive purposes, and their chemical composition gives them particular characteristics that identify them as being antiviral, analgesic, hormone balancing and so on, in varying degrees according to the plant.  The aromatherapist uses these differences in chemical make-up to produce blends tailored to the individuals requirements.  They are often applied in massage but can also be used with burners/vapourisers, inhalations, in the bath, in creams and lotions etc, according to the needs of the individual.

Aromatherapy massage tends to be gentle and rhythmical, using deep pressures when appropriate, to encourage muscle fibres to relax and elongate.  It is about ‘persuading’ the body and mind to relax rather than being forceful.

Specific conditions treatable

  • Stress related conditions
  • Depression
  • Pain
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Respiratory problems/asthma
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Menopause
  • PMT
  • Digestive Problems
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Backache
  • Arthritis
  • Inability to relax


How it works

The therapeutic constituents of the essential oils are absorbed through the skin and also inhaled and thus enter the bloodstream.

What happens in a Session 

The first session includes taking a client history and putting together a treatment plan if needed. This can take some time so it is generally advisable to book 90mins for a first time appointment. All therapies take place on a massage table with the appropriate draping via towels, although alternative accommodations can be found for those who might have difficulties .

Length of session         60mins    £40     90mins      £50

Special offers - contact Karen for details

Contact details             T: 07929127575

To request an appointment with Karen at the self centre please call her on her mobile

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