Clients often ask me how often they should come for a treatment. It's a difficult question to answer because it is unique to each client. They are the only ones who can decide that. These three questions can help them decide.
What are you coming in for?
What is your budget?
How open is your schedule?
If you are coming for pain management, sleep problems, or coping with on-going stress then weekly is a good routine to get into. Many people are looking to maintain good health and so come weekly or fortnightly, but usually come less often.
Each of my clients have a different budget. Some can afford to come weekly while others can afford monthly treatments or less often. Most of my clients are looking to come back into balance, and worrying about paying for regular treatments may undo the benefits of the treatment! I do offer treatment bundles that can help clients save by paying for three treatments upfront.
What is your schedule like? Can you manage weekly sessions, or would monthly sessions be easier? Work and family commitments mean that th3 time available to come for treatments can be limited. So it's important to see what time you have available and make a decision about how frequently you can get a treatment
So as you can see, there are a lot of unique considerations to be taken into account for each person when they're booking treatments. It's a decision to be made by clients rather than me the therapist!
Essential oils are natural aromatic plant compounds that offer a variety of health benefits. When an odour molecule is inhaled into the nasal cavity, it is first sensed by the olfactory cells, which eventually make their way into the brain. The olfactory system is closely connected to the limbic system of the brain—the one that includes the hippocampus (responsible for long-term memory), the amygdala (associated with emotions), the hypothalamus (regulates the autonomic nervous system and hormones), and the cingulate gyrus (regulates blood pressure, heart rate, and attention). This chemical process is the foundation of essential oil's profound psychological effects.
I love using essential oils to help balance my mind and emotions. There are times when we feel drawn to using an oil for weeks, months or years, and then suddenly we don’t need it at all. Our needs change as we change, grow and develop and the essential oils we’re drawn to or need often reflect that.
Orange essential oil helps us to develop joy, feel uplifted, sunny, balanced, lighthearted, creative, positive, self-confident, and courageous. When we need a boost, simply taking a quick smell of a bottle of orange essential oil can help switch our mind from an anxious, serious or negative place to a more positive place. Putting a couple of drops of essential oil into a diffuser or on a cotton pad can help clear brain fog at work or when studying.
For help relaxing from stress contact Tracy from Relax From Stress Holistic Centre on 086-2202734 or visit www.relaxfromstress.ie.
Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 28 November 2017
Two of my favourite ways to manage my mental and emotional health is aromatherapy and meditation. Aromatherapy is the use of specific oils from plants for physical, mental and emotional health. Guided meditation is a practice of breathing and body relaxation along with visualisation to help develop relaxation skills for physical, mental and emotional health.
Aromatherapy inhalation is the best way for the chemistry of the essential oil to enter the body and bring it’s many benefits. Aroma anchoring is a way of connecting particular aromas to a relaxing feeling. Anchoring is a method of training the brain to associate a particular aroma with relaxation. Some people feel relaxed when they smell lavender. Others feel relaxed when they smell roman chamomile, tea tree, lemon or marjoram. There are so many oils to choose from depending on individual tastes.
In my upcoming six week aromatic meditation course with I will guide participants through a breathing and body visualisation, followed by a guided reflection on the way each essential oil helps support us, mentally, emotionally and energetically. The essential oils that will be covered on the 6-week block of classes are Peppermint, Juniper, Orange, Basil, Grapefruit and Cypress. Participants also receive an aroma-inhaler, choosing one of three blends. This inhaler can use anytime you need a boost.
For more information and to book on a place on this meditation group, contact Tracy from Relax From Stress Holistic Centre on 086-2202734 or visit www.relaxfromstress.ie.
Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 31 October 2017
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Holistic therapies do not replace the need for medical attention. Holistic therapists do not diagnose medical problems or manipulate bones. Always tell me if you have a medical problem, even a minor one. There are certain situations in which caution should be taken when receiving massage and bodywork.