Essential part of aromatherapy treatment method is a massage. That involves massage treatment using essential oils in order to relax the body and restore health. Aromatherapy is relaxing and stimulating at the same time. Different essential oils used in aromatherapy massage act directly on the olfactory nerves and the limbic system.
Aromatherapy MassageA massage therapist can give you full body massage or only head and face massage. The session typically lasts about 90 minutes. However, people who have varicose veins, fractures, bruises, swellings or infection must not receive the treatment. Pregnant women also must discus with their physicians before decide to have an aromatherapy massage.
Essential oils that are used in aromatherapy massage are inhaled and detected by the nostrils that are connected to the limbic system in the brain. Thus the aromas of essential oils are transported to the limbic system through inhalation. One of the main functions of the limbic system is to control release of hormones in the body via the pituitary gland. This in turn acts beneficially on mental, emotional and physical level through release of the neurochemicals that takes place during the aromatherapy massage.
Also, the molecules of the essential oils are absorbed by the skin. Then, they enter the bloodstream to aid relaxation, detoxification and rejuvenation.
Aromatherapy Massage BenefitsAromatherapy massage can effectively treat chronic conditions like stress, insomnia, menstrual disorders, symptoms of menopause, high blood pressure, muscle spasms, joint stiffness, low energy levels, tension and fatigue. It also helps to relieve the symptoms of migraine, PMS and digestive problems. Additionally, specific blend of essential oil can help to lose or gain body weight.
Aromatherapy massage also boosts the immune system as it considerably increases white blood cells count. Anxiety, tension and depression can be significantly decreased too with the help of aromatherapy massage.
Another beneficial effect of aromatherapy massage is improved blood circulation and lymph flow. The massage promotes healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments.
It speeds up recovery in patients who have had abdominal surgery and helps premature infants to gain weight.
Blends of Essential OilsThe massage therapists chooses blend of essential oils depending on the condition that has to be treated. There are various blends of essential oils that can be applied in the massage.
A blend that includes grape seed oil, sweet almond and olive oil is commonly used for short massages because it has fast absorption rate. This blend softens and moisturizes the skin.
On the other hand, a blend made of avocado, jojoba and sweet almond oil is slowly absorbed through the skin. It is typically used for longer massages or sunbathes.
Aromatherapy massage also uses aromatherapy massage creams that are usually made of cocoa butter, coconut, avocado, jojoba oil, shea butter and different essential oils. These aromatherapy creams do not contain any artificial ingredients.