We are proud to trace a direct line back to the very beginnings of modern aromatherapy. Our studies began in the 1970s when Geraldine and Sue both trained under Micheline Arcier, student of aromatherapy founders Marguerite Maury, an Austrian biochemist and skincare pioneer, and Jean Valnet M.D., an expert in the science of essential oils.
This association with aromatherapy's earliest practitioners has provided an ongoing link to the traditional principles of aromatherapy and the benefits essential oils bring when applied in the right way.
Since those early days, Geraldine and Sue have maintained a deep passion for teaching, practising and blending oils. In 1985 Aromatherapy Associates was established to share the benefits of aromatherapy through a range of therapeutic-grade products and treatments. We've continued to develop and expand and our products are now sold at exclusive hotels, spas and retail outlets in over 30 countries worldwide.
Our company brings together a team of talented and committed people with unique and complementary skills. With experience in spas, therapy, product development and retail, we understand your business from every angle. Our hands-on approach enables us to provide a comprehensive service at every level. Thanks to our experience we develop products that therapists themselves love to use.
We are dedicated to sharing the positive benefits of essential oils as widely as possible. It's more than a business for us; it's a way of life. That's why in 1985 we helped set up the International Federation of Aromatherapists, an organisation dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of aromatherapy across the industry.
Our outlook is global, our approach about partnership, and we'll continue to use our skills and enthusiasm to build successful relationships with the world's best spas and hotels.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their exquisite aromas and natural healing powers. Rich in essential nutrients and antioxidants, plant oils encourage radiant, healthy skin, working at a cellular level to keep the complexion soft and looking youthful. By harnessing their therapeutic properties, aromatherapy works to improve our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Essential oils are made up of very small molecules, which means they can easily enter the blood stream, bringing their unique healing properties to every cell of the body. They are used to help ease muscular aches and pains, improve circulation and ease sinus congestion. They also have a positive effect on the skin, penetrating into the deeper layers to encourage the process of cellular renewal, enhance blood circulation and help problems such as acne, eczema and ageing skin.
Linked to the areas of the brain governing instinct, memory and emotion, our sense of smell is the most primitive of our senses. Through the pathways between smell and the deep centres of the brain, essential oils can have a dynamic effect on our emotional state. They can help transform our moods and move us from one state of mind to another.
Our treatments are firmly based on the traditional principles of aromatherapy developed by Marguerite Maury in the 1950s. Using eastern and western massage techniques, they stimulate the nervous system to release congestion and re-balance areas of the body affected by physical or mental stress. At the same time, the essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream enhancing cell renewal, circulation and detoxification, while their aromas act on the deepest parts of the brain to enhance our mood and emotions.