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Email: editfahey@gmail.com

Edit has a private practice in East Oxford for previous clients from Eau de Vie/ or women only.

Originally a psychologist, Edit developed an interest in complementary medicine and the oriental approach to health issues. She graduated in Aromatherapy according to Chinese Medicine and therapeutic and acupressure massage from the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy in 1995, London. She has been practising Aromatherapy and therapeutic acupressure massage for a number of years and her approach places an emphasis on the mutual relationship between the psychological, emotional and physiological components of the “dis-ease”.


Aromatherapy (according to Chinese Medicine)
Essential oils are blended on the basis of their clinical and energetic properties to match the constitutional terrain of the individual patient.

Acupressure & Therapeutic Massage
This is an approach to therapeutic bodywork that has primary physical benefits to the muscular, circulatory and eliminatory systems, with the result being the eventual restoration of balanced muscle tone and freedom in the joints due to the expulsions of toxins and stress hormones. The treatment incorporates hands-on stimulation of the bodys meridian system – the same network of energy channels used in acupuncture – that aims to harmonise the clients Qi or functional quality.

Aromatherapy: essential oils for the winter season

Aromatherapy can be defined as the therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from plants. Essential oils have been used since the beginning of mankind for their medicinal properties. Herbs and spices are familiar ingredients in the preparation and preservation of food because of their antibacterial properties and their facilitation of the digestive process as well as for adding flavour.

Essential oils are secondary metabolites (not crucial to the metabolism of the plants). They are chemically complex mixtures that can contain in excess of 300 different components, all of which are responsible for the medicinal activity as well as the fragrance of the oil. Most essential oils used for therapeutic use contain terpenes (based upon the 5-carbon building block) and their derivatives that, by reduction and oxidation, produce alcohols, aldehydes esters, phenols, ketones and oxides. Different essential oils contain different components in different percentages and each group of components is associated with a particular property. For example, some alcohols are antimicrobial agents and non-irritating to the skin, therefore suitable for long-term treatment. Many are also stimulating to the immune system and a good tonic. Other alcohols like linalool act as a relaxant (found in high concentration in lavender angustifolia); others are antispasmodic and carminative like for example menthol in peppermint.

Phenols are the most antimicrobial and antiviral group of essential oil. They are stimulant also of the immune system and have a more pungent aroma, for example thymus vulgaris or thyme. Oils rich in phenols are used in very low concentration and for short time due to the fact that they can be irritating to the skin and mucosa.

Research in essential oils has gained pace in recent years in the attempt to find new treatments of antibiotic resistant bacteria and also because of the realisation that antibiotics have a short life span. The mechanism behind the antimicrobial activity of essential oils is not yet clear, but it seems that the molecules of essential oils penetrate the cell membrane of the bacteria inhibiting growth and multiplication. Some oils that can be used safely in these winter months when we are more prone to colds and flu are eucalyptus globulus (at low concentration), eucalyptus citriadora, ravinsara, black spruce, thyme linalool, myrtle, lemon and lavendin. They can be used in inhalations and mixed in a carrier oil and rubbed on the skin on the torso, sides of the neck and back. The nasal area is a very good area of absorption as there is no stratum corneum (which acts as a barrier) and the area has a good blood supply. The use of oils in an oil burner is also effective in containing infection.

Edit Fahey offers Aromatherapy - Massage - Acupressure - and is a self-employed practitioner based at Eau de Vie Oxford

Please make sure that you are able to pay with either cash or cheque, your payment goes directly to the therapist that treats you, Eau de Vie cannot take a card payment for your treatment

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