A classic massage infused with essential oils to ease tensions and improve mood.
If everyday life has left you feeling burnt out, an aromatherapy massage could be just what you need to de-stress and recharge. This massage is used for a variety of different reasons, including relaxation, pain management, and improving mood. It blends techniques from a classic massage with botanical extracts and essenital oils for an elevated experience that renews the spirit— benefitting both the mind and the body.
During an aromatherapy massage, fragrant essential oils are applied to your skin using a carrier oil such as jojoba, sweet almond or lavender. Essential oils are plant-based oils which are extracted from herbs, trees and flowers, and each oil has its own unique properties which provide therapeutic benefits. The massage involves alternating between gentle and harder pressure to help the oils penetrate your body as they are absorbed through your skin. They also carry a number of benefits such as improving your mood, alleviating pain and detoxifying your body, depending on the oils used. It is also common practice to diffuse essential oils during an aromatherapy massage. When you inhale their aroma, sensors in your nose that connect directly to your brain influence your emotions.
Some common essential oils used with massages are: geranium, lavender, sweet orange, patchouli, cedarwood, eucalyptus, chamomile, rosemary, peppermint and marjoram. These carry a number of benefits. As well as being great for soothing sore muscles along with any other aches and pains, aromatherapy massage can help to ease the symptoms caused by emotional stressors. For instance, when combined with relaxing essential oils such as lavender or bergamot, an aromatherapy massage can be beneficial for anxiety and insomnia. As your sense of smell and your emotions are so closely linked, an aromatherapy massage is able to tap into your emotions, directly impacting your mental wellbeing and promoting restorative consciousness.
Aromatherapy massage brings together the therapeutic benefits of both essential oils and massage therapy. In addition to being calming and healing, aromatherapy massage impacts all of your body’s systems, from your circulatory and nervous systems to the lymphatic and musculoskeletal systems. Inhaling essential oils during an aromatherapy massage can help to calm your mind and your emotions, encouraging relaxation and helping you to de-stress.