We are delighted that spring is finally here at The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel! One of the most beautiful times of the year to enjoy the fragrance scent of cherry blossom and seasonal bulbs marking the beginning of spring and warmer days.
Nestled in the Suffolk countryside there is fresh, floral and invigorating scent in the air during spring, a delightful sensory experience for those visiting The Spa. Our sense of smell is so important to our wellbeing and at The Spa our gardens are bursting with lavender and roses, two of the most calming and uplifting aromas to enjoy in the coming months.
Scent is also so important in the aromatherapy we use within the treatments at the spa, because of the powerful effect it can have on the body and mind. When we inhale a particular scent, it can trigger a range of both physical and psychological responses. By inhaling specific scents, we can promote relaxation, reduce stress, enhance our mood, and support overall health and wellbeing.
The science behind scent:
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to promote health and well-being, these oils are extracted from plants and herbs that produce a unique aroma. When we breathe in, the scent molecules stimulate the olfactory receptors in our nose, which then send signals to our brain. When we inhale a particular scent, it can activate the limbic system and produce a range of responses, such as the feeling of relaxation, help to energise us or even change our mood. The limbic system is responsible for regulating our emotions, mood, and memory.
The scent of essential oils can also have physical effects on the body. For example, Lavender essential oil is known to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, while others such as Rosemary oil can promote blood flow or Peppermint oil can help to reduce pain. Scent is such an essential part of aromatherapy because it helps to trigger the body’s natural healing response.
Feeling inspired? Book in for a beautiful Aromatherapy massage!
Until next time,