Why Aromatherapy?

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Why Aromatherapy? By choosing Aromatherapy you can enhance your treatment with the help of essential oils

You may have noticed here at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa that we offer Aromatherapy and that there are three distinct scents to choose, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Peppermint.  You may ask yourself, why these three?

Eucalyptus, Lavender and Peppermint are among the top ten of all essential oils favored and used in healthcare.

The Canadian Federation of Aromatherapy defines it as “the art and science of using essential oils for improving and maintaining health and beauty”.  By choosing Aromatherapy you can enhance your treatment with the help of these essential oils.


Eucalyptus has a very definite medicinal earth and woody scent that is used in several medical products such as Vicks Vapor Rub and throat lozenges.   Its main uses include [Arthritis, bronchitis, catarrh, cold sores, colds, coughing, fever, flu, poor circulation and sinusitis. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 57-66.] Eucalyptus is sometimes mentioned as a helpful oil to use for headaches.]


Lavender has a beautiful and calming aroma that has anti-bacterial properties and can be used for many conditions.
[Acne, allergies, anxiety, asthma, athlete’s foot, bruises, burns, chicken pox, colic, cuts, cystitis, depression, dermatitis, dysmenorrhea, earache, flatulence, headache, hypertension, insect bites, insect repellant, itching, labor pains, migraine, oily skin, rheumatism, scabies, scars, sores, sprains, strains, stress, stretch marks, vertigo and whooping cough. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]


Peppermint is a stimulating fragrant that has a mint essence.  It contains menthol that has a cooling agent and is used in such products as Buckley’s Cough Syrup.  Its uses consist of [Asthma, colic, exhaustion, flu, flatulence, headache, nausea, scabies, sinusitis and vertigo. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 59-67.] May potentially deter rodents.]

All three of these striking scents are easily distinguishable from each other and are usually chosen depending on your mood and/or state of health and are commonly combined to achieve different results.

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Written by: Domenic Jason Falvo, RMT
Hand & Stone Barrie

Domenic has been practicing massage therapy for over 18 years in all types of clinic and spa environments.  Having done so he has acquired and abundance of therapeutic skill sets incorporating deep tissue massage, shiatsu, acupressure, advanced joint mobilizations, remedial exercise and hydrotherapy into the ideally seasoned massage therapy experience.  Domenic also has training in clinical acupuncture, progressive facial manipulation and reflexology that is also fused into his treatment.

Domenic prefers to focus on the cause of underlying issues rather than treating the symptoms alone, which is proven more effective in the long run for client health.  Although treating all types of acute and chronic injuries is Domenic’s main focus, he is seamlessly able to perform general relaxation massage with ease. 


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