Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics, a Leading Esthetician School, Featured on WebMD Web Site

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WebMD selected Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics, a division of Atlanta School of Massage, to give expert advice on aromatherapy.

Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics, a leader in skincare education and one of the premier esthetician schools, was recently featured on the homepage of the WebMD website ( Featured in June 2006, the video clip "Understanding Aromatherapy" explores ways in which essential oils, applied during a massage therapy session, can be used to cleanse, stimulate, relax and control pain.

In the video, Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics’ Director of Spa Therapies, Carol Venclik, gives a demonstration of a typical aromatherapy session and explains how oils play an essential part in the overall experience. Essential Oils are applied to the client during the aromatherapy massage session, paying particular attention to the hands and feet since they absorb the oil into the bloodstream very quickly. Clients are then wrapped up for warmth and to keep pores open. The aromatherapy demonstration can be viewed at

Aromatherapy treatments are so effective because, as Ms. Venclik explains, our sense of smell is about 10,000 times more acute than that of our sense of taste. Scents stimulate nerve endings in the nose, sending impulses to the brain. The scents go via the olfactory nerve to the limbic system, which is the connection to our emotions in our brain. It is also the part of the brain that controls memory. If the memories are happy then endorphins, our bodies’ natural painkillers, may be released. Because of the effectiveness and popularity of aromatherapy treatments, many esthetician schools are offering courses in these treatments.

Studies into how scents affect the body are ongoing. Scents are believed to have positive impacts on various conditions. Lavender is believed to be calming to patients suffering severe dementia and pleasing smells are believed to be a good complementary therapy for managing chronic pain. Pregnant women should avoid using all essential oils in the first trimester of pregnancy because they may in rare instances promote pre-term labor. There are some essential oils that can be safely used after the first trimester.

The Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics offers aromatherapy courses. For more information on pursuing a career in skin care or massage therapy, visit our web site

About one of the premier esthetician schools, Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics

Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics was formed in 2002 as a division of Atlanta School of Massage. Named a 2004 School of Distinction by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) national accrediting agency, Atlanta School of Massage has been an international leader in massage therapy education for 25 years. Formed by the same management team, with the same high standards in mind, Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics is following the same path of excellence set by its parent company. Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics stands out amongst the multitude of esthetician schools operating across the country because:

  • Our program is accredited by the ACCSCT.
  • We are authorized by the US Department of Education to offer Title IV funding.
  • We have 25 years of experience running a successful Massage Therapy school.
  • We have recruited quality teachers from throughout the US and from Europe where the standards of skincare education are much more rigorous than those currently required in the United States.

Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics, a division of Atlanta School of Massage, is located at 2 Dunwoody Park, Atlanta Georgia 30338. For more information, call 1-888-276-6277 or visit For more information about the massage school, visit

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