Aromatherapy Massage is massage therapy that is done with highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, added to the massage oil or lotion. The oils are used to affect your mood and alleviate pain.
How does Aromatherapy Massage work?
The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin. Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.
What makes Aromatherapy Massage different?
Aromatherapy massage is primarily slow, gentle, rhythmic movements . The massage technique helps muscles melt into deep relaxation, relieves water retention, de-stresses the body, mind and spirit, stimulates the lymphatic system, improves the immune response, and assists the body to naturally release toxins.
Common essentials oils and some of their purposes
Bergamont - acne, colds, loss of appetite, sore throat, mouth infections, chicken pox, flatulence
Basil - constipation, migraines, muscle, aches, rheumatism, insect bites, bronchitis, sinus congestion, colds
Cedarwood - arthritis, cystitis, cellulite, bronchitis, dandruff, acne, eczema
Chamomile - acne, depression, digestive problems, blisters, gout, flatulence, anxiety, indigestion, skin disorders
Eucalyptus - rheumatism, headaches, bronchitis, sinusitis, arthritis, cold and cough, fever, poor circulation
Geranium - burns, tonsillitis, poor circulation, eczema, rheumatism
Ginger - bronchitis, constipation, flatulence, arthritis, flu, poor circulation, rheumatism
Grapefruit - anxiety, digestive problems, skin disorder, depression, cellulite
Jasmine - anxiety, laryngitis, mental tension, headache, cough, depression, labor pains, sensitive skin
Lavender - nervous tension, pain relief, scalp and skin disinfectant, blood circulation, respiratory issues
Lemon - ingestion, gout, cellulite, rheumatism, arthritis, acne, boils, poor circulation
Lemongrass - flatulence, acne, muscle aches, athlete's foot, scabies, excessive perspiration, stress
Orange - flatulence, constipation, stress, slow digestion, dull skin, colds, flu
Peppermint - asthma, headache, flatulence, sinusitis, nausea, fever, scabies
Rosemary - stimulates hair growth, boosts mental activity, relieves respiratory problems and reduces pain
Sandalwood - bronchitis, depression, stretch marks, leucorrhea, scars, laryngitis
Tea Tree - acne, itching, ringworm, warts, sinusitis, chicken pox, whooping cough, cuts and insect bites
Ylang Ylang - anxiety, depression, hypertension, stress
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