Pulse March / April 2016 | Page 51

Aromatherapy is a major component in the spa experience, which is why spas should not undermine the value of essential oils as healing agents. “Although the term ‘aromatherapy’ was not coined until about 100 years ago, it has deep roots in history dating back to plant-based therapy and the use of essential oils for incense, medicine and perfumery thousands of years ago,” says Michael Fensterstock, founder of Aromaflage based in New York. The art of aromatherapy has lately seen a renaissance, thanks in part to the spa industry which has helped raised awareness and interest in healing scents and essential