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What is Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils derived from plants to affect your mood and alleviate pain. In aromatherapy massage, essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil like sweet almond, apricot kernel, or grapeseed oil. The massage therapist use up to five oils in a mixture, and chooses the oils based on what you need. A relaxing aromatherapy massage, for instance, might have lavender or bergamot, while a massage for sore muscles might include peppermint and eucalyptus.
Essential oils are a volatile, highly concentrated plant extracts, derived from leaves, bark, roots, seeds resins and flowers. They can also be used in hydrotherapy baths, facials and body treatments. You can also use them at home.
Purpose of Aromatherapy Massage
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.
Aromatherapy Massage Techniques
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. The massage is carried out with a light pressure, slowly, using gentle techniques to help soothe and calm the body and mind inducing total relaxation.
Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions. Stress and stress-related conditions such as insomnia, headache, digestive disorders, PMS and back pain.
Research suggests that patients with cancer, particularly in the palliative care setting, are increasingly using aromatherapy and massage.