'Positive Life - Positive Thinking - Positive Health'
Michelle Savin-Jones holds a VTCT Level 3 diploma in Aromatherapy. She has a keen interest in using Essential Oils to benefit the wellbeing of her clients, in particular helping to alleviate the pain and stress of those living with life limiting conditions. Michelle has attended several course on using essential oils in palliative care at the Royal Marsden Hospital and uses essential oils regularly in her work as a volunteer therapist at a local Hospice. Aromatherapy uses these essential oils to influence, change in your mind, body and spirit, improving your overall health.
Since the dawn of time, ancient cultures have used plants and herbs for many purposes, including religious, medical and cosmetic. The ancient Egyptians used Cedar and Myrrh for their antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. Greek soldiers were known to go into battle carrying an ointment made with Myrrh, known for its healing properties. In Roman times, essential oils were used in public baths and for massage. Looking to Asia, both China and India have a long history of using plants, herbs and their extracts as part of their medical treatments.
There are over 100 different essential oils, all with different benefits! In Michelles treatments, she generally chooses just a couple, which are then blended with a chosen base oil. The oil is selected following a detailed initial consultation with clients.
The chemicals that are found in essential oils have a lot in common with our body’s own hormones. Some of these oils have powerful anti-bacterial and analgesic properties, others have therapeutic qualities that help to relieve stress, depression, insomnia and PMT. Essential oils can be warming or cooling, uplifting or sedative. They can provide benefits to all the different systems in our bodies — skin, skeleton, muscles, circulation, digestion, endocrine, reproductive, and nervous. Essential oils can be particularly useful in balancing hormones during the menopause.
Whilst Aromatherapy is often practised alongside massage, Michelle will often provide Aromatherapy blends for clients to use at home. These can take the form of an aroma stick or roller ball, something you can pop in your pocket and reach for when you need a little lift or to quieten your mind. In Michelles volunteer work at a local hospice, we regularly make use of aroma sticks, mixing blends to help patients with stress, insomnia, grief, pain, nausea or even to stimulate their appetite.
As a holistic practitioner, Michelle cannot diagnose or prescribe – instead looks at supporting your wellbeing as a whole person. Everyone is different so it is impossible to know how an individual will react to a treatment. Most people will notice that they feel very relaxed, will sleep better and have an improved mood. Occasionally people report a mild headache, feeling tired or needing to go to the toilet more often. These are all normal reactions and should pass in 24 – 48 hours as part of the healing process.