An aromatherapy massage is Swedish massage therapy using massage oil or lotion that contains essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils). During an aromatherapy massage, these essential oil molecules are inhaled and 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 influence the nervous system.
For a basic introduction to aromatherapy, consider these five essential oils for your health and well-being: lavender to relieve stress, help sleep problems, ease painful menstrual cramps and work as an antiseptic; grapefruit to improve as a diuretic, lift your mood and help repair oily skin; peppermint to uplift and rejuvenate the body, reduce headaches and calm nausea; rosemary to stimulate hair growth, boost mental activity and reduce pain; and cedarwood to improve skin issues such as acne and psoriasis and to help alleviate congestion.
Most essential oils can’t be applied to the skin in their undiluted form and need to be added to carrier oils such as olive, grapeseed or sweet almond. Two essential oils that are less likely to cause irritation, side effects or possible allergic reactions on their own are tea tree oil (an antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic remedy) and lavender oil (which can be used on minor burns and skin irritations and to reduce stress or anxiety).
WHAT CAN IT TREAT?
An aromatherapy massage is believed to encourage powerful physical, emotional and mental effects as well as being a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Aromatherapy Massage is used to treat stress and depression and stimulate the immune system by increasing the flow of oxygen in the blood. This massage unwinds the mind and relaxes the body by reducing emotional anxiety and stress, improving sleep and relieving muscular pain. On a physical level, essential oils help to ease muscular aches and pains, improve circulation, ease sinus congestion and act as a strong antioxidant
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE?
This deeply restorative treatment is specifically designed for tight, stressed and aching muscles resulting from a heavy exercise schedule or too many hours spent sitting at your desk or even after a busy day in the home. By harnessing therapeutic properties, aromatherapy works to improve your physical, mental and emotional well being.