Courtney Giles Aromatherapy in Sevenoaks

Frequently Asked Questions

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses carefully blended essential oils which are obtained from plants and trees. It is predominantly used in massage and inhalation, which can help to stimulate both the body and mind.

Aromatherapy dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used essential oils for medicinal purposes. It has been used in the West since the First World War, when essential oils were not only used to treat wounds but were shown to be beneficial in helping soldiers who were suffering with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

What should I expect from an aromatherapy session?

I offer all clients a free face-to-face consultation, where we can discuss your medical history, any current problems that you might be experiencing and why aromatherapy might be beneficial for you. This consultation usually takes about one hour. In some circumstances, I may need to contact your GP to obtain permission for you to commence the session. Once this has been completed, we can then go ahead with booking your first appointment and together we will agree a treatment plan, which is tailored to suit your individual needs.

At your first session, we will talk about how you are feeling and look at which essential oils will be appropriate for you. I'll then talk you through the treatment and we can discuss any specific areas that you'd like me to concentrate on. Your privacy and dignity will be respected and maintained at all times throughout.

Can I use essential oils at home between treatments?

Yes - it is a good idea to use essential oils at home if you can, and this will enhance the benefits of your aromatherapy treatment. After your treatment, we can discuss which oils and which methods can be used at home. It may be that you'd like a bath oil or inhalation stick, which I can make there and then for you at no extra cost. I only use ethically sourced essential oils that are never pre-blended.

Do I need to consult my GP before my treatment?

If you are suffering from any physical or mental illness and you are currently taking medication, then it is always advisable to seek guidance from your GP beforehand. This is to take account of any contraindications and to prevent adverse reactions.

Are there any undesirable effects from aromatherapy?

After your treatment, I will discuss aftercare and provide a leaflet with information to take home.

Aromatherapy is generally very safe. After a treatment and depending on which essential oils have been used, you may notice that you feel more tired than usual. As toxins are drained from the body, you may need to urinate a little more frequently - this is completely normal and shouldn't be a cause for concern.

These symptoms usually subside within 24 hours and do not cause any lasting or damaging effects. In the unlikely event of your becoming unwell, please contact me and seek advice from your GP.

How often should I have aromatherapy?

Treatments can be as little or as often as you wish. Weekly, fortnightly or monthly - I usually leave it up to you to decide when you'd like to come and how frequently.

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