By Alice Adams, RN (Retired), L.Ac., M.Ac.
Acupuncturist at Peaceful Spirit Massage and Wellness Centers
One of the primary benefits of AromaTouch treatments is relief from toxic insults which affect all aspects of our health and well-being. People that experience symptoms like high blood pressure, headaches, and sleep disturbances may be combating toxic insult. But what exactly are "toxic insults"? According to Alice Adams, Acupuncturist at Peaceful Spirit Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Centers, most environmental toxins can be considered to be toxic insults. These toxins can range from air and water pollution to chemicals and additives in food. Other factors that play a role in toxic insult include excessive exposure to electronics, stress and other emotional imbalances. These toxic insults take our bodies out of homeostasis, or balance, making good health even harder to achieve.
Autonomic imbalance is a condition that occurs when our bodies are not in balance. The nervous system is made up of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which control body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, breathing rate, the fight-or-flight response, and much more. Because the nervous system controls a wide range of body functions, depending on which system is overactive or underactive one can have a wide variety of symptoms, such as high or low blood pressure and high or low blood sugar. They may also feel fatigue, depression, anxiety, asthma, dry mouth and insomnia, to name just a few.
Aromatherapy, Adams states, has been shown to elevate mood and decrease anxiety, among other beneficial effects. In one study, patients in dental offices were able to have their anxiety dramatically reduced through the use of essential citrus oils. AromaTouch therapy is an aromatherapy application technique that seeks to improve autonomic imbalance and curb the effects of toxic insults, stress, and inflammation through the use of several different essential oils and gentle massage.
Alice Adams, R.N., M.Ac, L.Ac. has been practicing acupuncture for over 25 years and offers this healing treatment at Peaceful Spirit’s Country Club location.