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An aromatherapy school will teach a modality of complementary therapy that uses herbs and plant oils (essential oils) to relax and heal your body. The oils are applied to the body through massage, but also the sense of smell plays its part in creating a positive change in your mood and illness. Aromatherapy and essential oils can help clients who are suffering from many different illnesses.
A perfume makers discovery:
When first starting in aromatherapy school, students will probably hear the story about how this massage therapy was discovered. In the 1920\’s, a French chemist who was working on new perfumes in his laboratory, accidentally set fire to his arm. He put his arm into some lavender oil to put the fire out.
The French chemist discovered that the lavender oil helped his arm to heal really fast and didn\’t leave a scar. So the chemist spent the rest of his life dedicated to aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy schools teach students about the different types of essential oils and what illness they help to relieve. For instance If the patient is suffering from burns, an aromatherapy student will be taught how they should use lavender oil, and also the quantity and frequency to apply it.
Many aromatherapy schools believe that aromatherapy is a science and should only be practised in a professional manner by aromatherapy school graduates. Although other schools teach the student to open up to there intuition as well. Which is seen by some as being the more balanced way.
Some doctors disapprove of aromatherapy:
There are some doctors who do not approve of aromatherapy and the aromatherapy schools that teach it. They also say that all that an aromatherapy school teaches is the ability to reduce stress. They also state that there reasons are based on the lack of any real facts or figures.
Does aromatherapy only give stress relief:
Some doctors actually agree some patients may have been helped by an aromatherapy treatment, however, they are quick to state, only because aromatherapy helped to ease their stress. For sure, stress can help to create a number of illness\’s and when stress is relieved, the illness is often relieved as well.
However, they also comment that aromatherapy is not as successful as traditional medicine when it comes to serious illness. This is the block aromatherapy experiences in its attempt to reach the public at large.
While many doctor\’s don\’t agree, there are lots of aromatherapy teachers who do, and there are lots of potential students applying to get into an aromatherapy school. There more than likely be a aromatherapy school near you, because as aromatherapy becomes more popular schools seem to be appearing in most cities in the US and Europe. Even if you are not sure about the use of aromatherapy to help illness, going to an aromatherapy massage school will most certainly open you up to its true potential.
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People often get the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles muddled up. I did it myself when I was a student. The first thing to do is understand the patterns, colours and designs of each era. This article on Art Nouveau will detail the patterns, motifs, colours and influences of this era. A concise outline of the Art Nouveau movement will give you some knowledge to help you make informed decisions.
The Art Nouveau movement lasted for about thirty years until 1910. This was a style were natural forms were used for inspiration and used in an original way. The most popular Art Nouveau motif was peacock feathers. The hallmark of the style are the curved undulating lines known as whiplash lines, plant like forms and highly stylised curvilinear designs. The style is often described as sinuous, rhythmical and dream like.
Motifs and Patterns
Floral motifs (often abstracted)
Delicate female forms
Flowers, (Poppy, wisteria, water lilies, Japanese lotus….)
Colours were muted and delicate. Natural vegetable dyes were used in wallpaper, chintzes and other materials. Art Nouveau is considered by many as primary a decorative style. The influence of Japanese print is also evident in the designs.
Stylised long stemmed poppies and lilies
Lancet shaped leaves
Stencils were also used. The Stencil Library at www.stencil-library.com is a great resource for Art Nouveau stencil patterns. They have a brilliant range from many historical eras. In 1904 Cowtan and Sons an English decorating company used flatten white or enameled white paint. This treatment was also used by Charles Rennie MacIntosh who created a number of white rooms.
Art Nouveau tiles
Pictorial tiles during Art Nouveau era were popular in Belgium and France. Illustrations by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha were used as the basis for the designs. This influence did not appear in England until 1920’s and 1930’s. The Art and Craft influence continued in the States.
However the use of plain tiles was also popular. Victor Horta in his own house in Brussels (now the Horta Museum) used plain white tiles on the walls and the ceiling in a brick like fashion.
Tube- lining was used to create motifs on plain tiles. The technique used similar to piping icing on a cake. The raised lines of the pattern give the tile a 3D appearance. Kenneth Clark Ceramics has a tube -lining tulip border tile available.
Plain tiles or individual tile designs set among plain tiles
Patterned tiles were mainly used in a row at dado height or as a random insert
Highly stylized abstracted floral tiles
Art Nouveau style panels were used to create complete interiors in Europe
Panels also on facades of buildings
In America and England individual floral designs on individual tiles or arranged in small panels up to dado height.
The Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati Ohio, Carter & Co and Poole Pottery in Dorset England, the Yorkshire Tile Company and Minton Hollins are some of the firms who have produced Art Nouveau tiles.
One of the icon items of Art Nouveau era is the Tiffany lamp created by Louis Tiffany. He studied art and went on to set up the interior decorating firm of Louis Tiffany & Associated Artists in New York. The firm still decorated in the Victorian styles with Arts and Craft influences. In 1885 the main focus of the business was glass art work so a new name was created Tiffany Glass Company. Tiffany designed windows for American churches for example Trinity Church Boston. They also moved into designing art glass for homes, clubs and other corporations.
The ‘Four Seasons’ glass panels establish an international reputation for Tiffany. His work was displayed in Bing’s Art Nouveau shop in Paris. His work included landscape, floral and semi abstract designs. Vases, bowls, paper weights were design in iridescent colourful glass called Favrile, Cyprite, Cameo and Lava.
Tiffany lamps were made from metal bases with glass shades similar to stained glass and leadlight windows. Designs were natural forms, peacock feathers and insect wings. Some of the names of Tiffany’s work include ‘Trumpet Creeper’ lead glass and bronze table lamp and his ‘Peacock’ and ‘Cockatoo’ glass panels, an electric light with a coloured shade called ‘Dragon Fly’
Art Nouveau had an impact on silver ware, pewter, painting, sculpture posters, advertising and ceramics design. When looking for decorative items remember to select items with beautiful flowing lines and curved forms.
Eco Friendly Way
Interior decorating in older styles can be a very eco friendly way to decorate. Visiting second hand shops, antique deals, garage sales and looking online can be a great way to find your Art Nouveau treasures. The most important thing is to have a clear idea of what you want, what you want to spend before you start looking. I recently saw some tiles from this era for sale on eBay at a very reasonable price.
Parquetry was often used in the Art Nouveau era. However Horta used mosaic tiles in swirling S curved patterns on the floor of his Tassel house. Linoleum was also popular. The trendy colours in matting in early 20th century were natural, white, olive and light brown
The Axminister loom was invented in USA in 1876. Brinton in England developed the Gripper version in 1890. These inventions allowed large carpets to be made in unlimited colours. Floral designs became the hallmark of British designers. Owen Jones’ book the ‘Dictionary of Ornament’ 1856 and Christopher Dresser’s ‘Principles of Design’ in 1879 continued to influence design. As did William Morris’ designs in particular the acanthus leaves and poppies design.
The Main Features of the Art Nouveau Style
Muted delicate colours
Flowing curved lines
Stained glass panels
Furniture with curving lines and rounded forms
Upholstery in Art Nouveau themes
Smooth plain tiles
Stenciled walls and ceilings
Unfortunately Art Nouveau has been a most misunderstood style and is often dismissed as a decorative side line. Yet the original work of architects Hector Guimard in France and Victor Horta in Belgium is easy to recognise. Many of Victor Horta’s buildings are now on the World Heritage list. In Vienna Josef Hoffman developed the ‘Vienna Secession’ movement influenced yet different from Art Nouveau. This style was less curvaceous more rectilinear and straight lined in its forms. Charles Rennie MacIntosh, in Scotland, Antionia Gaudi in Spain and Louis Sullivan and Tiffany in the US each developed and expressed a form of Art Nouveau. There was a revival of Art Nouveau in the 1960’s and exhibitions of the style continue to inspire new generations.
I’ve heard that meditation and visualization can help cure problematic things within the body. Every time i try to meditate instead of visualizing what i want i visualize what i’m afraid of and what i have. Its uncontrollable. I try to calm my mind and do a self-hypnosis if you will to clear my mind completely and visualize positively but my thoughts seem to be contradictive and sparatic even during meditation. Can anyone give me any advice on how to meditate/visualize properly and positively?