Aromatherapy is derived from two words. Aroma - meaning fragrance or smell and Therapy - meaning treatment. Aromatherapy has been traced to Chinese origins over 6000 years ago. Aromatherapist and Beautician Marina Swain, has collaborated in creating this album to create a mood and atmosphere to complement the relaxation experienced through the application of essential oils.
Llewellyn draws much of his inspiration from nature, and incorporating many natural sounds into his recordings, Llewellyn is a talented yet reclusive composer of relaxation music. Working closely with Marina Swain, they have produced an album of carefully sequenced tracks that will perfectly compliment Aromatherapy sessions.
Marina Swain is a qualified Aromatherapist and Beauty Therapist. She has a natural gift for healing and is also a Reiki healer. She trained at the world-renowned Champneys International College, where Aromatherapy is an integral part of the syllabus. Marina believes that music plays an important part in helping her clients to relax, and the right music can greatly enhance the intensity of the massage.
Review by Brett:
This is background music, music that melds into the scenery, which is I guess what it is designed for - to blend into your consciousness while you are being massaged or massaging someone else. The album is timed at one hour, ideal for aromatherapy treatments. And the sounds, keys and tempo of the tracks have been carefully managed to combine with aromatherapy treatments. For example the closing track should start to subtly signal to the therapist that the treatment is coming to a close. In all an album that brings in melodies, harmonies, strings and some natural sounds to create an environment to just let you drift off.
The music is by Llewellyn although you wouldn't know it straight away by looking at the CD cover. New World Music are producing their 'Mind Body Soul' series and trying to push the therapy rather than the artist. So there is a little booklet (about eight pages long) explaining some of the basics of aromatherapy.
Total Running Time: 59:22 minutes
1 Opening Petals (10:39)
2 The Purifying Tree (10:58)
3 Our Healing Flowers (9:29)
4 From Seeds of Love (7:44)
5 Ceres Dawn (9:21)
6 The Sacred Oils (6:30)
7 Closing Petals (reprise) (6:01)
Llewellyn is a top selling and popular New Age artist and musician who has produced a wide variety of relaxing, meditative and uplifting albums over the years.
Much of Llewellyn’s work draws inspiration from his own interests, such as spirituality, healing, Celtic folklore and druids, and these influences shine through in the titles and musical content of his wide ranging albums. He composed many of the hugely popular Mind, Body and Soul Series (New World Music) that are designed especially for use with complementary therapies, such as reiki, aromatherapy, healing massage and Indian head massage.
Many of Llewellyn’s albums have received acclaim and in 2001, Journey to the Temple was voted the Favourite New Release Album in the UK and Shiatsu was voted the Favourite New Release Album in the US.
When not composing music, Llewellyn is a Crystal and Reiki Healer and studies Druid and Celtic Lore. He’s also a keen film producer and has produced several DVDs for New World Music.
His partner, Juliana, is also a musician and Llewellyn wrote and produced her well known album, Woman Wisdom. Together they perform music across the UK and often make guest appearances on albums by other well known New Age artists.
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Immediately I started listening to Aromatherapy by Llewellyn I noticed a feeling of warmth within me that this peaceful music brings with it. It is an uninterrupted hour long musical haze of loveliness; like floating on a nice cloud or being wrapped in a warm blanket. A client suffering from stress came to me for aromatherapy massage and was inspired by this music which was playing. She commented that by hearing the music it helped her to realise some of the things that she needed to do to help herself relax, and listening to this genre of music was one of those things. This CD does have one of those instant relaxation elements to it, mixing birdsong and water sounds into the gentle, rhythmic music allows the aromatherapy massage to flow perfectly in time. A booklet is included with the CD which explains a little about aromatherapy, it’s history, massage and its applications with pressure point diagrams, the room setting and useful addresses and telephone numbers of aromatherapy based contact organisations. Not just for the therapy room, I have enjoyed listening to Aromatherapy whilst having a chilled out aromatherapy bath and doing the housework took on a new dimension for me whilst this was playing. This Aromatherapy CD definitely has the ‘aaaah factor!’