Aromatherapy massage combines the physical and emotional effects of gentle massage with the psychotherapeutic properties of essential oils. Theses massages are used most often in aromatherapy massage: Swedish, lymphatic, neuromuscular, acupressure or reflexology massages.
During the massage, the skin is warmed and the blood drawn to the surface, increasing circulation and encouraging the elimination of toxins from the body. As the circulation increases, the aromatherapy massage oils are absorbed through the skin and carried through the body, allowing their healing affects to permeate to all the major organs of the body. Benefits of aromatherapy massage are usually noticed immediately after the massage and in time underlying or long-term problems may also be eliminated.
Aromatherapy massage is safe and effective for anyone of all ages. Aromatherapy body massage helps the body’s natural healing process by rejuvenating, restoring relaxing and rebalancing the body, mind and spirit.
A growing body of research supports massage therapy for health and wellness. Instead of seeking massage therapy solely for relaxation and pampering purposes, individuals clearly are turning to massage therapy to assist with medical conditions. Some medical reasons include pain relief, soreness, stiffness or spasms, injury recovery, migraines, prevention, and general well-being.
Let’s spend a little time discussing breast cancer. The term “breast cancer” means there is an abnormal growth of cells which come together to form one or more tumors in the breast. Both men and women can have breast cancer but it does occur more in women. Statistics show that approximately 230,000 women and 2,300 men in the US are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
Breast cancer most commonly occurs in the cells of the ducts (tubes that carry milk from the lobule to the nipple) known as ductal cancer but breast cancer can also occur in the cells that line the lobules (milk-producing glands) known as lobular cancer. Although this happens less frequently, breast cancer can also occur in the fatty and fibrous tissues of the breast.
The main cause of breast cancer is a genetic abnormality which is when a mistake is made during cell division. Abnormal cells inherited from your parents only cause 5-10% of cancers. The largest percentage 85-90% of breast cancers occurs because of the aging process (genetic abnormalities forming along the way).
Now that we have an overview of massage, aromatherapy and breast cancer, let’s check out this study. Researchers decided to investigate the effect of aromatherapy and massage on quality of life and severity of symptoms in patients with breast cancer. The study consisted of 280 patients.
The results were the control group experienced lower total quality of life while the massage and aromatherapy massage groups had much higher scores. Psychological and physical symptoms were much more intense in the control group than the massage aromatherapy group.
Another great study showing massage and aromatherapy can work together to help patients with breast cancer.