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AromaTherapeutics Helps To Restore The Body's Ability To Heal Itself

By S. Mathur

When the goal is to help people to live better and to restore the body's ability to heal itself, combining massage therapy with essential oils can lead to dramatic results. William Dannie Lane, owner and massage therapist at AromaTherapeutics in East Point, GA, finds that using essential oils in a massage has an impact on the system that massage along cannot achieve.

"Our sense of smell is the oldest of the senses and affects the body like no other," he said. "It works on many levels, the physical, mental and emotional. It also has a profound effect on the nervous system like nothing else."

Lane's goal is to help people bring themselves and their worlds into balance, and the ancient art of aromatherapy is part of the process. Aromatherapy uses volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being. When used correctly and safely, essential oils which contain the essence of the plant have both psychological and physical benefits. The oils can be inhaled or applied directly to the skin. When used in massage, they are diluted with carrier oils which are typically cold pressed vegetable oils such as sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil and grapeseed oil.

Lane has a significant and impressive level of training and experience in bodywork and therapeutic healing.

"I went to massage school right out of high school in 1989, why I do not remember," he said. "I had been reading up on herbs and essential oils for health before that and I think it was just a progression from there. As for how long I have been offering massage, just over 27 years now."

He worked in a natural food store and learned from a naturopathic doctor as well as an Ayurvedic practitioner. In 1999 he became a certified Reiki Master and Aromatherapist and the next year he received his certification in Reflexology and Vibrational Aromatherapy. He returned to massage school in 2001 finished a 800 Hr course in massage therapy.

With all his skills and experience, Lane likes to keep things simple and to focus on providing effective treatment.

"I am from the mountains of NC and grew up with the simple things," he said. "I have never been one that liked 'fancy' and have always been uncomfortable with it. To me, you can go to a 'Spa' and pay $200.00 for a massage with all the fancy things and the massage is actually worth $50."

He doesn't believe in charging people for extras that don't really improve overall health. His work is very science oriented and focused on treatments that are effective.

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