In the know: Aromatherapy Associates

What tools can I give clients to help them combat stress?

In the spa world we’re fortunate enough to have many stress management skills at our fingertips and sharing this knowledge with our guests is a vital part of our remit. As an aromatherapist and ambassador for Aromatherapy Associates, my first instinct is always to harness the power of smell.

The impact of aroma on mood is so direct and powerful; by inhaling an aromatic blend you enjoy you can trigger a range of positive emotions. Bath and shower oils are wonderful de-stressing aids and the bath is one place where you can find peace and privacy. I advise clients to do a smell test of a range of blends to find their favourites and to use them regularly.

When you need to boost flagging energy, the Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil from Aromatherapy Associates, which features rosemary, juniper berry and pink grapefruit, can help ready you for a demanding day – physically and mentally. Advise clients to take a few moments to establish a mindful ritual: inhale and appreciate the aroma, feel the water on their skin and notice the effect of the blend on how they feel.

A combination of sandalwood, vetivert and chamomile, such as in the Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, can have a powerful effect in calming an overactive mind and preparing you for healing sleep. For clients who at times feel anxious and panicky, inhaling a frankincense essential oil can help deepen breathing and lift a negative mood.

Anne Murray is a member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists, for which she is a principal tutor. In addition to studying aromatherapy with Aromatherapy Associates founder Geraldine Howard, Murray has also studied reiki, reflexology, Thai massage and the Bowen technique. She has worked with Aromatherapy Associates for many years.