Aromatherapy massage is a therapeutic massage that blends essential oils from plants containing both aromatic and medicinal properties with massage techniques. The purpose of aromatherapy massage is to enhance the mind, body, and spirit.
The aromatherapy massage involves the use of a massage technique called effleurage which uses gentle and slow rhythmic movements. This technique helps the muscles achieve a state of relaxation, alleviates water retention, stimulates the lymphatic system, naturally detoxifies the body, improves the immune system, and reduces stress in the mind, body, and spirit. This type of massage is also used for the relief of stress-related conditions such as insomnia and headaches. It also helps with such conditions as: digestive disorders, acute and chronic conditions, colds or flu, hormonal imbalances, menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and back pain
The aromatherapy part of the massage is used to draw on the healing powers of the plant oils. The essential plant oils are blended with carrier oils such as grape seed oil, sweet almond, and apricot kernel. The massage therapist can use up to 5 different oils in one mixture and he or she selects the oils based on the recipient’s needs. For instance, peppermint and eucalyptus oil is used for sore muscles and lavender is used to promote relaxation. Essential oils deliver distinct therapeutic qualities and are used for such conditions as reducing stress and promoting emotional well being,
When a person inhales the plant oil aromas through their nostrils, the aromas are delivered to the limbic system which is the part of the brain that manages emotions and impacts hormones and the nervous system. The essential molecules give the limbic system messages that affect breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, stress level, digestion, memory, and the immune system. Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin which has therapeutic properties and promotes healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Each type of oil has a unique healing property. For instance chamomile, lavender, geranium is calming, ylang ylang, clary sage, rose, and neroli are uplifting, rosemary is energizing and cleansing, and eucalyptus, pine, and tea tree are decongesting.
The benefits of an aromatherapy full body massage includes: relaxes, balances, and harmonizes the body, strengthens the entire body and supports the body’s healing process, promotes a healthy immune system to fight infection, helps maintain good health by releasing the body’s toxins, and rejuvenates and relaxes the body, mind and spirit. The massage is also suitable for physical and sports injuries, preventative and maintenance health therapy, sluggish metabolism, and skin problems. Aromatherapy massage is a beneficial massage that has been steadily growing in popularity. It is beneficial for people of all ages.