What is Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherapy massage is a massage therapy that uses highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, which are added to the massage oil or lotion.
This is a gentle massage which utilises essential oils from plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs, blended with carrier oil.
Oils are chosen and blended to coincide with individual clients needs
Aromatherapy aims to treat the whole person by helping to restore the harmony of mind body and spirit. It aids relaxation, relieves tension and stress, stimulates the immune system, improves blood and lymph circulation and increases energy levels.
How does Aromatherapy Massage work?
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:
- Calming – Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium
- Uplifting – Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Rose, Neroli
- Energizing – Rosemary
- Cleansing – Rosemary
- Decongesting – Eucalyptus, Pine, Tea Tree
Why do people get Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions such as:
- Back Pain
- Digestive Disorders
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
What can I expect during an Aromatherapy Massage?
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.