Aromatherapy massage is a massage technique that uses massage oil or lotion that contains a specially selected blend of essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils).
During an aromatherapy massage, you benefit from the combination of inhaling these essential oil molecules and as you are massaged, they are absorbed through your skin. They are thought to promote beneficial changes in your mind and body by affecting the limbic system, a region of the brain known to be involved in emotion.
Why choose aromatherapy massage?
Each essential oil used in aromatherapy is said to have different properties. For example, some calm and make you feel relaxed while others are energising and refreshing.
Here are some widely used essential oils and their properties:
- * Calming: chamomile, lavender, and geranium oil
- * Uplifting: ylang-ylang, clary sage, rose, and neroli oil
- * Energizing: rosemary oil
- * Decongesting: eucalyptus, pine, and tea tree oil.
Since aromatherapy massage techniques are often the same as those used in Swedish massage, people often use it to treat sore back, neck and/or shoulder muscles or to ease stress.
Therapeutic essential oils, when combined with massage, can also be used to benefit people with the following conditions:
- * Anxiety
- * Dementia symptoms
- * Depression
- * Insomnia
- * Menstrual pain
- * Supportive care for people with conditions such as cancer.
Many massage therapists have one or more premixed blends and will select the blend based on your health concerns. A massage for relaxation and stress relief would likely include lavender essential oil, while an uplifting massage may include rosemary essential oil. Your therapist may involve you in the selection process by asking you to smell various blends.
Massage therapists who are highly knowledgeable about aromatherapy tend to use quality essential oils in their massage oils. When the massage therapist begins the massage, you may notice the subtle aroma of essential oils.
After the massage, the massage therapist may suggest a blend that you can use at home in between massage treatments.
Tips to Make the Most of Your Massage:
- * Avoid eating a meal right before a massage
- * If it’s your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive early so you can complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, you may want to give yourself some time to rest and relax before starting the massage.