Benefits of Aromatherapy  Massage

Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage

Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage

 

Massage is a beautiful way to express caring and help relieve the stress of a loved one. But when combined with aromatherapy, massage takes on a remarkable synergy that dramatically enhances the massage session.

Essential oils are comprised of the naturally occurring chemical constituents found in the botanical that they are distilled from. The classification of esters, for example, found in Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils are both naturally sedating/relaxing and anti-inflammatory. Essential oils are not oily feeling, are highly aromatic and are much different than vegetable (carrier) oils.

Combining well-chosen essential oils (such as the example of Lavender or Roman Chamomile given above) with a carrier oil can promote relaxation, reduce stress and/or help to improve circulation and reduce swelling and pain.

Essential oils like lavender not only can relax the mind, but lavender essential oil can also sooth the skin. German Chamomile and Helichrysum are both strongly anti-inflammatory. Ginger and other spice oils, when used cautiously in blends can help increase circulation and are good for muscle stiffness.

 

Aromatherapy is used through inhalation as well. The oils evaporate into the air using a diffuser container, spray, or oil droplets, or breathed in, for example, in a steam bath.

Apart from providing a pleasant smell, aromatherapy oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestant, and psychological benefits.

Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain.

Molecules that enter the nose or mouth pass to the lungs, and from there, to other parts of the body.

As the molecules reach the brain, they affect limbic system, which is linked to the emotions, the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance. In this way, essential oils can have a subtle, yet holistic effect on the body.

Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. It does not provide a cure for diseases, rashes or illnesses, but it can support conventional treatment of various conditions.

It has been shown to reduce:

  • Nausea
  • Pain and body aches
  • Anxiety, agitation, stress, and depression
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Muscular aches
  • Headaches
  • Circulatory problems
  • Menstrual problems
  • Menopausal problems
  • Alopecia, or hair loss

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