Updated: Apr 5
What is a Holistic Aromatherapy Experience and is it for me?
The beautiful Holistic Aromatherapy Experience stimulates your lymphatic system rather than your muscles in a normal massage. This treatment can be known as Clinical Aromatherapy and indeed my certificate from my training course does state exactly this. As a therapist specialising in Holistic Therapies, I call this treatment a Holistic Aromatherapy Experience.
During this experience, I will use lymphatic drainage movements, which form a gentle, rhythmic massage with a soft touch that lightly stimulates your skin in the direction of your lymphatic flow assisting your lymphatic system to maintain your body’s fluid balance, immune system, and circulation.
By reducing the swelling in your lymph nodes, these movements assist in reducing toxins in your body by encouraging the lymph to flow freely around your lymphatic system.
Even with light touch, this therapy has an incredibly powerful effect on your nervous system leaving you relaxed and in a calm state of mind.
So what is my lymphatic system and what does it do?
Your lymphatic system is part of your body’s immune system and is vital for your health & wellbeing, helping defend you against infection and cancer.
It is a complex network of tissues, vessels, nodes, and some of your glands (tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus) that work together to move a colourless, watery fluid called lymph back into your circulatory system.
Do you know that approximately 20 litres of plasma flows through your body daily via your arteries and smaller blood vessels and capillaries?
After delivering all the nutrients to your body’s cells and tissues and receiving their waste products, approximately 17 litres of fluid are returned to your circulation by the way of your veins.
The remaining blood plasma (about 3 litres) leaks out of small capillaries into your body’s tissues. This extracellular fluid, lymph, is made up of excess fluid, fats, proteins, bacteria and other substances and collected from the tissues by lymph capillaries. These lymph capillaries link with your larger lymph vessels and the lymph is carried through these until it reaches your lymph nodes.
The job of the lymph nodes is to filter out and excrete any unwanted particles, such as bacterial and viral pathogens and cancerous cells, before returning the cleaned lymph to your circulatory system at the subclavian vein.
As well as filtering, excretion and recycling, your lymphatic system also helps create and circulate vital disease fighting cells such as lymphocytes, monocytes and antibodies.
The lymphatic system has no pump and it is the pressure from your circulatory system and movement from your muscles that create lymphatic flow.
So why do I need a Holistic Aromatherapy Experience?
Lymphatic drainage massage assists in moving fluid out of damaged areas to where the body is functioning normally. It is also considered beneficial to skincare and well-being and it is remarkably detoxifying and relaxing.
Many people find after a stressful period, or with the changing seasons, that receiving a Holistic Aromatherapy Experience (Clinical Aromatherapy treatment) can be purifying, revitalising their energy so they are ready to face the world and new challenges.
Unlike your blood circulation, which moves because of your heart’s pumping action, lymphatic drainage relies on your muscles and joints to function properly to keep it moving!
It is easy for the lymphatic system to become sluggish and congested if it’s not kept active and it ultimately will get over-whelmed with toxins and become stagnant.
Many ailments can be attributed, even in part, to a lowered immune system because of a sluggish lymphatic system – these can include respiratory issues, sinus infections, swollen glands, eczema and dermatitis, colds and ear infections.
Whilst many aspects of a sluggish lymphatic system aren’t immediately visible, there are noticeable characteristics which can indicate congestion and an imbalance in the system.
Fluid retention in the arms, legs and buttocks
Swollen feet and ankles
Fatty, firm deposits
Dimpled, orange peel skin
Hardening and firming of your skin
Changes in your skin complexion
How does the Holistic Aromatherapy Experience work?
The Holistic Aromatherapy Experience is a unique treatment that uses a variety of specialised skin-stretching movements to gently stimulate the lymphatic fluid under your skin. This promotes the movement of the lymphatic fluid, encouraging it to flow freely around your lymphatic system.
I use beautifully blended aromatherapy oils which will be specific to your particular needs.
Free-flowing lymph and an optimally working lymphatic system helps renew, nourish, strengthen and regenerate the cells of your body whilst also assisting with the removal of excess fluid from the system and waste products.
How would a Holistic Aromatherapy Experience help me?
A Holistic Aromatherapy Experience is extremely relaxing.
It is a great boost to your body’s immune system and can enhance your well-being.
It can offer many benefits including:
Improves your micro circulation
Promotes the elimination of toxins
Reduces fluid retention and soothes discomfort
Refreshes your skin and promotes a smooth skin tone
If you are touch sensitive or suffer from Fibromyalgia this is a perfect treatment for you
It is deeply relaxing and relieves stress and stress-related conditions
It is a softer, more thoughtful treatment experience for those who prefer gentle touch with no discomfort
It includes reflex points on the feet and movements on the face which are often omitted from other massage treatments
What Conditions can the Holistic Aromatherapy Experience help with?
A Holistic Aromatherapy Experience is an excellent treatment for many people with conditions that are not usually indicated for body massage and is ideally suited for anyone with:
Fibromyalgia and chronic muscle fatigue
Fluid Retention & Bloating
Removed Lymph Nodes
Impaired Lymphatic System
Post Cancer Treatment
Auto Immune Conditions
I’m healthy and feel fine, is a Holistic Aromatherapy Experience for me?
This gentle, soothing massage is suitable for everyone. Considered an MOT for your body, it is a great treatment to have when you are feeling a little ‘meh’, or with the changing of the seasons.
So, is the Holistic Aromatherapy Experience suitable for everyone?
As with most therapeutic treatments and complementary therapies, there are a few conditions that prevent lymphatic massage.
If you have any of the following conditions, you will not be able to receive a Holistic Aromatherapy Experience
However, if you are suffering from any of the following and would like to receive a treatment, please do contact me so we can discuss suitable alternatives.
The conditions that prevent the Holistic Aromatherapy Experience include:
Congestive heart failure
Blood clots / DVT
Kidney problems / renal failure
This is also not suitable for anyone in the first trimester/12 weeks of pregnancy.
I’d love a Holistic Aromatherapy Experience, how can I book?
Please book your Holistic Aromatherapy Experience by clicking here.
Do you have any lymphatic system self-care top-tips?
Yes, you can make a measurable difference to your lymphatic system with some simple changes.
Water - drinking the recommended 2L of water a day will help flush out your system
Activity – even gentle activity will help encourage a healthy flow of lymph – the movement of your muscles applies pressure on the lymphatic vessels to help keep them moving
Body brushing – using circular movements over your skin with a bristle brush
Hot and cold showers – alternate dilating and constricting of your blood vessels helps the body eliminate toxic fluids
Avoiding tight clothes that may restrict your lymphatic flow
Deep breathing – this will help the lymphatic system transport lymph to your liver for filtration
Eating foods that support and promote a healthy lymphatic system
Avoiding foods that are believed to block the lymphatic system
Herbal teas – some herbal teas promote lymph health