So what do you think of when you hear massage? Many will admit that sensual massage comes to mind and will either give a nod of approval or disapproval. This article focuses on the therapeutic value of massage administered by a certified massage or physical therapist. Combining the healing arts of aromatherapy with massage therapy has benefits which we will explore.
This is an ancient practice which has regained popularity in the wellness industry. It is the use of pure essential oils distilled from the leaves, flowers, stems, roots and barks from plants used as therapy to promote psychological and physical wellness. The aroma of the essential oils when inhaled stimulates the brain to give a feeling of well-being. Some essential oils have therapeutic value for the respiratory system. Eucalyptus oil is popular to relieve nasal and chest congestion and has long since been proven to be effective. The skin is the largest organ of the body and essential oils in carrier oils are used on the skin but in diluted concentrations. Essential oils can also be used in baths. Absorption through the skin benefits many organ systems of the body.
Popular essential oils for topical application include:
- Lemon grass
It is extremely important to note that essential oils are not to be used directly on the skin in the concentrated form. They are diluted in carrier oils and many are combined together to enhance the health benefits.
Be guided by the professional recommendations on the use, mixing and application of essential oils for the best results and to minimize harm. Carrier oils include:
- Macadamia nut oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Apricot oil
- Sunflower oil
- Coconut oil
Health Benefits of a Body Massage
There are various types of body massages offered in spa centers depending on the technique and the culture from which the massage originated for example Swedish and Ayuvedic massages. Massages are also done for an erotic or therapeutic effect. The technique also varies as there are deep tissue body massages. This technique is used to stimulate the circulation, relax muscles, and promote the removal of toxins from the body.
To enhance the massage experience there are different techniques added to make the experience more wonderful. Here are a few:
- Hot stones
- Aromatherapy with essential oils
- Pouring warm oils on the body
- Music and sound therapy
Body Massage using essential oils
The essential oils used for aromatherapy multiply the effect of the physical massage as many have muscle relaxant and pain relief properties. In addition to the use of the oil, the aroma itself gives a feeling of well-being which helps to relief stress.
Massaging aids a quicker absorption of the oils in the skin where it is then picked up by the circulatory system and carried all over the body. Essential oils that boost the immune system are especially beneficial when delivered by means of a massage.
Medical Conditions can be helped by an Aromatherapy Massage
The rolling, kneading, and rubbing of the skin with the aid of specific essential oils are helpful to relieve the following:
- Stress of all types including pre-natal states
- Joint and muscle pains
- Pain relief for patients with cancer
- Headaches including migraine
- Skin ailments
- High Blood Pressure
If you have never before considered a massage as part of you wellness or recuperation plan, give the aromatherapy massage a try. Whatever your preference, there is an aromatherapy massage that will not only relax your mind but also bring symptomatic relief from pain, soreness, and discomfort.
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