Frequently Asked Questions

What is Aromatherapy?

It is the art and science of using and combining essential oils for their therapeutic benefits; to elicit a positive change to one's health and wellness.  It is an holistic practice in that aromatherapy can work to bring about changes to body, mind and spirit.  It is considered to be a complimentary or alternative health care practice that focuses on health promotion and illness prevention.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the essence or life-force of a plant.  There are over 300 plants that create essential oil, not all are used in aromatherapy and not every plant or flower creates an essential oil.  Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile organic chemicals, many of which are known to offer valuable therapeutic benefits.

Can I apply Essential Oils directly on my skin?

NO, it is not recommended to apply essential oils directly to the skin.  Some essential oils can cause irritations, rashes, burns, create sensitivities.  Further it is recommended to always dilute essential oils into a carrier oil to avoid skin irritations, this also includes when adding essential oils to your bath water.

Is it okay to ingest Essential Oils?

NO, both the Canadian and International Federations of Aromatherapists warns against ingestion of essential oils.   It is highly recommended to consult with a trained aromatherapist before beginning any essential oil treatments or remedies.

What do you mean by Carrier Oil?

A carrier oil is any food-grade or cosmetic-grade oil into which you can dilute essential oils for safe applications.  Some examples include coconut oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba and more. 

What is the difference between aromatherapy massage and registered massage therapy?

Aromatherapy massage uses specifically designed combinations of essential oils as well as manual manipulation to produce desired effects.  It is not a deep tissue massage, nor does it include deep kneading, or muscle/injury-specific treatments.  Aromatherapists receive extensive training in the use of numerous essential oils, their chemical composition, synergistic blending and therapeutic properties.  An aromatherapy massage offers a restorative and healing experience as well as one that is also relaxing and rejuvenating.  An aromatherapy massage can help to alleviate pain and discomfort, promote your body's natural healing processes, alleviate stress and anxiety, help to address improve mental health and well-being, help to improve sleep and more. 

"(Registered) Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including, muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage Therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions."

Registered massage therapy does not usually include the use of essential oils unless the practitioner has had appropriate training.

Are your services covered by public health insurance or extended health benefits?

NO, Aromatherapy is not covered by Provincial health plans.  Although not common, it may be covered by your extended health benefits provider.  There are national groups working to have aromatherapy and other complimentary and alternative health care modalities recognized by coverage providers.

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