With all the types of massage available and various health benefits, it can be confusing at first. But it doesn’t need to be. in this article I’m looking at aromatherapy massage a
In this article I’m looking at aromatherapy massage, and more importantly – is aromatherapy massage good for you and who can benefit most from this form of massage.
Aromatherapy massage is a form of massage therapy that uses highly concentrated plant oils. These oils are called essential oils, and are added to the lotion (carrier oil), or massage oil being used.
When the person receiving the massage inhales the essential oil molecules, messages are received by the limbic system.
This then affects the heart rate, has a positive effect on stress levels, reduces blood pressure, aids breathing, improves memory, helps the digestion system, and strengthens the immune system.
It’s also believed that essential oils are absorbed through the skin too. Giving a massage not only a relaxing effect but aiding with all the above health factors.
It’s almost difficult to really put into words just how relaxing an aromatherapy massage is. Combined with all the positive health effects described above, it may be exactly what you’re in need of!
Types of Essential Oils
There are literally hundreds of different essential oils. Each with its own healing properties and different effects on the body.
Some are effective at calming a person’s mood. While others are great at boosting your natural energy.
Here are some of the more commonly used essential oils, and their healing effects:
Calming – Lavender, geranium and chamomile.
Energizing – Rosemary.
Cleansing – Rosemary.
Uplifting – Rose, neroli, ylang ylang, clary sage.
Decongesting – Eucalyptus, tea tree, pine.
Why Choose an Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherapy massage is very effective with patients suffering from stress or emotionally related conditions.
Some of the conditions an aromatherapy massage can help with include:
- Headaches and migraines.
- Back pains.
- Digestive disorders and sensitivity.
- Stress and the associated side-effects.
Research to Back up the Effectiveness of Aromatherapy Massages
Research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy has been carried out on countless occasions. An interesting study was conducted on sixteen new, first-time mothers.
Each received a 30 minutes aromatherapy massage just two days after delivery. While another group of 20 new mothers went through the normal postpartum care.
The group that received the 30-minute aromatherapy sessions had significantly noticeably decreased levels of postpartum stress, anxiety, and other concerns.
In addition to this, the subjects had increased attachment to their new babies, and we’re in a much more positive mood.
What to Expect from an Aromatherapy Massage
Typically you will have a consultation first to assess your needs. During this consultation, the essential oils best suited to your requirements will be chosen.
The oils will be mixed in with some massage lotion or oil. Then you have your own blend of oil ready for your massage.
After your treatment is complete, the therapist will often either offer or advise where you can get some of your own oil to carry on treatment at home.
Situations When Aromatherapy Massage Is Not Advised
Massages and aromatherapy massages are not advised for certain people.
These conditions include:
- People suffering from skin conditions, rashes, or any kinds of open sores.
- People not long removed from surgical procedures.
- People prone to blood clots or similar health conditions.
- Pregnant women should always consult their doctor first, there are specially trained therapists to treat pregnant women.
If you are considering having a massage for the first time you should always consult your doctor first.
Tips: Before Receiving a Massage
- Never eat a heavy meal before having a massage.
- If it’s your first time at a clinic arrive a few minutes early to become familiar with the establishment.
- Don’t be nervous, there is nothing to worry about. It’s a relaxing and wonderful experience.
So, is aromatherapy massage good for you? Will it help with any health issues you’re experiencing or give you some much needed rest and relaxation?
If you’ve had an aromatherapy massage feel free to share your experience below!
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.