The History of Aromatherapy

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If aromatherapy offers you a blissfully rejuvenating experience, then you might be interested to dig deeper into its origin. The history of aromatherapy can be traced back to 3,500 years ago. It is linked to the origin of aromatic medicine, which is believed to have laid the foundation upon which aromatherapy was built. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is also known to have practiced this healing therapy, though it was named differently then. The term “aromatherapy” surfaced in 1937 following a burn incident. It was this incident that spurred the curiosity of Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, a French chemist, about the therapeutic powers of essential oils. Gattefosse discovered the healing power of lavender oil that helped cure his burn. Soon thereafter, French surgeon Jean Valnet applied essential oils on the wounds of World War II soldiers, further establishing the healing benefits of aromatherapy.

If we go back to 5,000-10,000 BC, evidence shows that ancestral men would burn aromatic herbs to ward off evil spirits. Additionally, the ‘Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine,’ a Chinese medical book written in 2697 BC, mentions about the profuse use of plant-based medicine in the ancient Chinese civilization.

The process of embalming and mummification points toward the importance of herbs for their medicinal role in preserving bodies in the ancient Egyptian society.

Asclepius, a Greek physician, was renowned for his use of herbs with surgery around 1200 BC. He is known to have earned the sobriquet “the God of healing” in Greek mythology after his death. The Greek even set up thousands of healing temples in his honor.

Father of Medicine Hippocrates has documented more than 200 herbs during his lifetime. He believed that the entire human body is an organism and should be treated accordingly. He is renowned for his approach to healing, wherein he combined baths, mild physio-therapies, massage with essential oils, and herbal medicine.

The Roman Empire leveraged the knowledge of the Greeks and the Egyptians to focus on medicinal plants. De Materia Medica, a book penned by Dioscorides, describes the properties of 500 plants. The Romans also started to focus on the distillation of floral waters. The invention of a coiled cooling pipe by Persian Avicenna was a major breakthrough in aromatherapy, as it was during the 11th century that the focus shifted to the distillation of essential oils.

How Does Aromatherapy Work

Did you know aromatherapy is the most effective way to relax the mind and the body? Well, a combination of body massage with highly effective naturally extracted essential oils is all you need for a relaxing, rejuvenating experience at Aura Wellness Spa in New York City. Benefits from the therapeutic properties of aromatherapy oils during the massage include the alleviation of pain and stress relief.

Our massage therapy clients receive the maximum aromatherapy benefits when a body massage is combined with aromatherapy. The massage techniques are a combination of the Swedish massage and the Japanese Shiatsu massage, which work therapeutically to release stress and relieve pain.

Benefits of Aromatherapy at Korean Massage NYC

Some of the top therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy at wellness spa NYC include its ability to provide relief from a headache, anxiety, depression; induce sleep; strengthen the immune system; boost energy, accelerate healing; aid in digestion; improve circulation, and alleviate pain.

Aromatherapy massage focuses on the use of volatile plant-based oils that provide psychological and physical relief. The effectiveness of therapeutic oils that have an alluring scent that provides an immense amount of relief and creates harmony and balance.

Given the amount of stress you experience every day at the professional or personal front, aromatherapy body massage at Aura Wellness Spa can come in handy and work wonders on your stressed body and mind. If you are new to massage and have never had a single session before, your first choice should be aromatherapy. It is a highly effective therapeutic spa treatment for massage beginners. Aromatherapy oils have healing and calming properties, with many containing anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help you combat insomnia, induce sleep, reduce stress, stabilize mood, relieve nausea, improve memory, and relieve muscular tension.

Essential oils work as stimulants and thus help accelerate the rate of healing by improving the oxygen and blood circulation throughout the body. Their anti-microbial properties can speed up the healing process of wounds, reducing the severity, and providing relief from discomfort from skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.

The Aura Wellness Spa Advantage

Aura Wellness Spa offers the best aromatherapy massage therapy in New York. Leverage the healing power of aromatherapy by combining it with spa services when booking an anti-aging facial spa treatment at the wellness spa NYC. You could even combine the holistic therapy with the Korean exfoliating full body scrub. Experience a renewed, rejuvenated you at our centrally located, professional span facilities in Midtown Manhattan. Enjoy aromatherapy like never before in combination with other healing therapies at our therapeutic grottos and dry and steam saunas at our Korean massage spa NYC.