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Aromatherapy Massage

What is Aromatherapy Massage?

Aromatherapy massage is the use of essential oils (extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods and roots) for massaging certain areas of the body to the person’s specific needs.

Aromatherapy massage has been around for over 6000 years. The Greeks, Romans and ancient Egyptians all used aromatherapy oils. The Egyptian physician, Imhotep (first physician known by name in written history) , recommended fragrant oils for bathing, massage and for embalming their dead. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used aromatherapy for baths and massage.

Archaeological evidence of aromatherapy body massage has been found in many ancient civilizations including China, India, Japan, Korea, Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Mesopotamia.

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The aromatherapy massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, and balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender. The selected aromatherapy massage oils that will be used for the massage session are blended with a carrier/base massage oil (almond oil, olive oil, sesame oil, grapeseed oil, etc.) to create a unique mix for each client’s individual needs.

A list of aromatherapy massage oil blends and their benefits: 

  • Clove, sweet birch, rosemary and cypress helps aid tissue recovery after physical exertion, decrease pain in muscles and joints, and promotes circulation

  • Chamomile, lavender, citrus and clary sage promotes a sense of peacefulness, eases nervousness, irritability and apprehension

  • Lavender, patchouli, grapefruit and sweet orange reduces inflammation and pain, calms the mind and promotes restful sleep

  • Peppermint and rosemary aids in pain relief, increases circulation, stimulate the brain to enable better performance

Some of the methods of massage would be: Swedish massage, neuromuscular massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, acupressure massage, reflexology, and Thai massage.

Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage

  • Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component such as depression

  • Stimulates the immune system

  • Reduces fluid retention

  • Restores balance in the body

  • Increases blood circulation

  • Increases energy levels.

 

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