Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy has been around for some 6000 years and involves the use of  pure essential oils (fragrant plant extracts), usually through massage,  inhalation, baths or compresses. In an aromatherapy massage, individual blends  are prepared by the practitioner, in a base of cold pressed oil and then applied  to the patient’s skin through a remedial or relaxing massage. It is important  that they are not used directly on the skin, as burning or rashes could occur.
As a holistic treatment, aromatherapy can have a profound effect on  physical and psychological wellbeing. There exists the belief that scent, as the  most enduring of our senses, has the power to transform our emotions, and heal  our bodies.

Essential Oils

The Essential Oils used in aromatherapy are  extracted from plants and herbs to treat conditions ranging from infections and  skin disorders to immune deficiencies and stress. When aromas are detected in  the nasal cavity, impressions associated with previous experiences and emotions  are created. Combining this with the fact that the parts of the brain that  control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone  balance are also related to the nasal cavity, it is evident that the use of  essential oils contributes to and achieves many physiological or psychological  effects.

Some common oils and their uses include:

  • Eucalyptus: for congestion/colds
  • Frankincense: for calming emotions and nightmares
  • Geranium:for menopausal problems & PMS Lemongrass; for sore or injured  muscles
  • Lavender: for relaxation
  • Peppermint: for quick energy
  • Rose: a uterine tonic and aids in contractions during childbirth
  • Sandalwood: for relaxation, digestive troubles (esp. due to tension), dry  skin
  • Tea Tree: a strong disinfectant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal

Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can have a wide range of benefits, from the physical to the  emotional. The benefits of essential oils can be obtained through inhalation or  by external application. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction to mainstream  medicine to help treat common colds and flu, insomnia, nausea, skin conditions,  migraines and headaches and many other ailments. Aromatherapy is easy to  practice, readily available, and can be effective as a therapy, but should  be used with care.

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