Aromatherapy Massage is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health.
Aromatherapy is one of the oldest healing arts in the world. For thousands of years, ancient people used the oils derived from natural plants as a way to heal a multitude of conditions and ailments. Today, many massage therapists are incorporating aromatherapy into their massage therapy treatments so they can give their clients better and more effective natural treatment.
The essential oils used in aromatherapy are the life force of the plants from which they have been extracted. These oils can be massaged on your body, inhaled, added to your bath or sprayed in the air. When you take "Aromatherapy massage" with the essential oils, these oils are absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin.
Massage therapy is beneficial on its own; however when it’s used in conjunction with essential oils, these two therapies can be synergistically more beneficial than when they're performed separately.
The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin.
Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize. Here are some widely used essential oils and their properties:
After the consultation, one or more essential oils are selected based on what you need and are mixed in with the massage oil or lotion. The subtle aroma of the essential oils fill the air around you during the massage. After the massage, the massage therapist may suggest a blend that you can use at home in between massage treatments.
Massage is not recommended for certain people:
Aromatherapy massage has great therapeutic properties and you will immediately feel the relieving effects of the treatment. Also, the experience only gets better if it's the first time you are getting a massage!