It’s A Full Body Treatment and Experience!
Science has confirmed numerous times what your muscles already knew — few things feel better than a massage! The right touch can lead to significant physical benefits, including lower blood pressure, better sleep, and a more robust immune system. Massage is often used as a go-to treatment to help people relax, relieve insomnia, and minimize pain. As an added benefit, easing away all of that muscular tension can also reduce the stress in your mind.
A good massage can have such a substantial impact on your mental well-being. Physical touch can also lead to a reduction in depression, aggression, and hyperactivity. But as powerful as the physical and emotional benefits can be, there’s a way to make your next massage even better — by turning it into an aromatherapy massage.
What exactly does that entail, and what is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy massage combines two therapeutic practices, massage and essential oils, to create impactful results. The use of essential oils is an ancient approach that provides many physical and emotional benefits. More recently, these oils have been scientifically proven to support your body mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. They don’t just smell good, there is actual measurable benefit for you.
Aromatherapy massage incorporates the use of these essential oils into a massage. The massage may involve alternating between gentle and more intense pressure, depending on the treatment plan you and your therapist discussed before your massage. The addition of a specific essential oil or a blend of essential oils offers healing and stress relief by stimulating the lymphatic, circulatory, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems.
Your therapist can help you choose which one is best based on your needs and when in doubt, choose the one that smells best to you. Each blend will be diluted for safety and applied to the area or areas of your body to yield the greatest benefit. And once inhaled or absorbed through your skin, the oils are distributed through your body addressing the specific imbalances that particular oil has been shown to address.
So, what are the benefits of using aromatherapy in massage?
Decreased Anxiety Combining aromatherapy with massage can genuinely relax your senses and reduce anxiety and tension you may be experiencing. The healing touch of massage releases endorphins. These are hormones known as “feel-good chemicals” because they have natural pain relief and stress reduction properties.
Headache Relief Many people add aromatherapy to their massage to relieve their headache or migraine problems. Chronic headaches take a toll on the body and spirit. Massage therapy, combined with oils like peppermint or ylang-ylang, can help.
Improved Circulation One of the benefits of an aromatherapy massage is that the manipulation and pressure of massage can increase blood flow to vital organs and muscles. There are essential oils that aid in boosting circulation.
Enhanced Mental Well-Being The combination of massage therapy and aromatherapy doesn’t just work together to increase circulation in your body; they also enhance the workings of your brain. The circulation effect stimulates the brain’s olfactory nerves that aromatherapy massage provides. This process then stimulates serotonin production, which leads to higher alertness and mental function.
Reduced Pain and Inflammation Essential oils and therapeutic massage work well to reduce pain in your joints and muscles and any inflammation that can contribute to your discomfort. When stimulating the tissues, circulation increases, and you’ll begin to feel the soothing of your aching muscles. A great oil to use for this purpose is peppermint because it’s both cooling and refreshing.
Heightened Relaxation A nice massage is simply relaxation. When you add the calming properties of specific aromatic oils such as lavender and chamomile, the effect is enhanced even more. The power of touch and essential oils can provide much-needed relaxation during stressful times in your life. Aromatherapy massage not only has you leaving with a full body massage, but the oils also provide extra emotional healing and relaxation. Below are some more of the general benefits of a massage that incorporates aromatherapy:
Increased calmness and relaxation
Decrease in muscle tension
Pain and emotional tension relief
Better blood circulation
Elimination of excess fluids
A reduction of symptoms of depression