Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils extracted from plants and herbs which can be inhaled or applied through the skin; aromas and oils from these natural sources have been shown in clinical studies to positively affect the body’s natural ability to balance and regulate itself.
Aromatherapy calms the mind, alleviates stress, reduces anxiety and insomnia, and also restores feelings of well-being for patients undergoing drug or alcohol detoxification. Marked improvement has been noted in those suffering from generalised anxiety disorder, stress and depressive disorders.
Aromatherapy is part of our complementary therapies and may be included in individual treatment plans, depending on availability and referral by either medical or therapeutic staff.
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How Does It Work?
- When oils are inhaled, the olfactory system (responsible for sensing smells) is stimulated.
- This causes a signal to be transferred to the brain’s limbic system that controls emotions and stores and retrieves learned memories.
- The signal triggers chemicals to be released; these are thought to have different effects causing either relaxation or stimulation. The gentle massage often used to apply oils to the skin tends to have a relaxing effect.
- This process can help reduce anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, pain, digestive problems, as well as menstrual and menopausal issues.
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Although the scientific evidence for this type of therapy is limited, there is considerable anecdotal evidence that supports it. Indeed plant oils have been used as therapy and cosmetics for thousands of years with records dating back to ancient Egypt, China and India. Given the sparse scientific evidence, Castle Craig has conducted its own independent evaluation to ascertain whether or not aromatherapy is helpful to our patients.
67% of the group stated that aromatherapy – “Helped me to relax my body and calm my mind”
20-25% of the group commented that aromatherapy helped relieve stress and tension, assisted with sleeping problems and that it was something to look forward to.
95% of patients expressed their desire to continue with aromatherapy when they leave treatment.
It is abundantly clear from the positive and detailed responses that all patients who had received aromatherapy had benefitted considerably. Indeed the only suggestion for improvement was for aromatherapy provision to be extended.
Aromatherapy is not only greatly appreciated, but our aromatherapist is considered “a great asset to Castle Craig’s treatment programme” in her professional and person-centred capacity.
‘I have gratitude for this treatment and the passionate and dedicated way it was delivered.’
‘100% professional and therapeutic. Environment, therapist’s tone and empathy presented well.’
‘Brenda is very talented, very good at what she does.’
‘Brenda’s kindness was so helpful.’
‘One of the most lovely things here.’
Disclaimer: There is an additional charge for this therapy
How Can Castle Craig Help?
How Do I Pay For Rehab?
One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.
How Long Is the Rehab Programme?
Residential rehab treatment starts at four weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.
Who Will I Speak to When I Call?
When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.
What Happens at the End of My Treatment?
Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.