The Essence Of Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage combines the muscle-tension relieving benefits of traditional massage with the therapeutic properties of aromatic essential oils.
These essential oils – highly concentrated liquids extracted from the flowers, leaves, roots or other elements of aromatic plants – are absorbed into the skin and inhaled via the sensitive olfactory system during the massage.
Once absorbed, the unique properties of the essential oils go to work, targeting the specific needs of the individual. Whether the desired goal is to relieve stress, aid better digestion or improve sleep quality, there is an essential oil, or blend of oils, that can do the job. And they really do work.
The Health Benefits of Aromatherapy
With the right blend of oils and the professional touch of a masseur, an aromatherapy massage can assist with everything from pain relief to mood enhancement.
Oils such as chamomile, lavender and geranium have a calming effect, ylang ylang, clary sage and rose have uplifting qualities, while eucalyptus, pine and tea tree are decongestants ideal for fighting colds and viruses.
Common physical conditions which can benefit from an aromatherapy massage include headache, high blood pressure, asthma, poor digestion and low immunity, to name a few. Complimentary to these physical benefits, aromatherapy massage also helps to improve cognitive functions like memory and concentration and can help alleviate feelings of depression or anxiety.
The inhaled aroma from these essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.
There are a wide number of essential oils each with their own healing properties, and endless possibilities of combinations of oils that can be created.
Here are some of the main essential oils available:
Got a child that can’t seem to relax? Try adding a few drops of Marjoram to his or her bath or vaporizer. One of this essential oil’s therapeutic properties is to calm hyperactivity and relieve anxiety. Marjoram was a popular plant used by the Greeks in medicines and also helps with digestion issues such as constipation and cramps.
A widely known essential oil, Patchouli is often associated with mood-lifting properties. This essential oil actually has powerful skincare properties which helps combat skin infections and facilitates healing of wounds.
Women should always keep Rose oil handy as it’s a powerful aromatherapy treatment for issues targeted mainly at females. Roses are some of the first plants to be distilled for their essential oil, this oil helps with a number of illnesses and conditions, such as depression, anxiety and digestion issues. It is also helps with circulation, heart problems and respiratory conditions like asthma. It is a protector of the heart and is also good for your skin.
If you have but just one essential oil in your possession, it should be Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil is one of the most popular and effective essential oils for aromatherapy use. It is widely known to boost the immune system and fight infections.
Ylang-Ylang is recognisable because of its strong fragrance. This essential oils has a sweet aroma is excellent for reducing stress and acts as an aphrodisiac!
Bergamot is a citrus-scented essential oil. It is a popular aromatherapy oil and widely used in perfumes and colognes. Bergamot is used to treat stress, depression, anxiety, anorexia, and a number of infections including skin infections like psoriasis and eczema.
Sweet-smelling Jasmine, this is an essential oil that has powerful healing properties, it aids with everything from depression to childbirth. It is known most for its relaxing properties.
It comes as no surprise that lemon is a favourite essential oil. Lemon is widely appreciated for its “clean” smell,” but has numerous therapeutic qualities as well. It improves concentration, aids in digestion and eases symptoms of acne and arthritis.
Also remember that Almond Oil is a carrier oil which means that it is an oil you can use to blend the essential oils into to use in massage or in an oil burner.
Of course one of the most obvious benefits of an aromatherapy massage is getting to enjoy that blissful pampered feeling! If you’re new to Aromatherapy Massage talk to one of our expert massage therapists today about finding the right essential oils for your needs.
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