Recently we discussed the benefits that aromatherapy massage has on your skin. In our blog this week, we're going to discuss how you benefit from aromatherapy during a massage.
Most massage studios such as Serenity Sol Massage, interested in using essential oils as part of their sessions can easily relate to the idea of the physical properties of each of the oils and how they can be applied for a client's specific needs.
The concept of subtle aromatherapy is understanding that a client can have specific mental, emotional and spiritual energies that are part of the symptoms being presented, directly addressed and assisted by using appropriate essential oils in the massage oil blend. But what happens after the client leaves the office?
On the purely physical level, essential oils can take from 18 to 24 hours to be processed and eliminated by the body. This is one of the reasons it is important to use a massage therapist like Lois Atwater, a CMT at Serenity Sol Massage, graduate of California Healing Arts College, and member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Your massage therapist should be well educated on the effects of various oils and be able to educate you about certain contraindications, such as increased UV impact on skin cells for the expressed citrus oils of lemon, lime, and bergamot. Another example is the heightened intoxicant ability of clary sage that could easily cause unpleasant affects for a client who might consume alcohol at a dinner or party shortly after their massage. But, the long lasting quality of essential oils is also a great benefit when working with clients who have chronic or acute inflammation and pain. It greatly enhances and extends the relief you get from the hands on techniques.
Along with delivering the essential oils to the body through application, simple inhalation of lavender has been shown to relieve pain and stress. Other essential oils with anti-anxiety reducing properties, such as chamomile, geranium, sweet marjoram, patchouli, rose and ylang ylang can also demonstrate this stress relieving effect upon inhalation. During a massage you receive these benefits with the use of an aromatic massage oil blend.
If aromatherapy is something you'd like to try beyond your massage, a bath provides for a beneficial compliment for those in between visits to your massage therapist. Here's a nice and soothing method we suggest for home bath use.
General Aromatherapy Bath Directions
Draw a hot tub that is not so hot that it will cause excessive perspiration. While the tub is filling, add a couple of drops of oil, specifically the stress and anxiety reducing oils mentioned above to 2 cups of Epsom salts, mixing well. Also oil can be added drop by drop to a tablespoon of honey or a cup of heavy cream. Up to 15 drops may be used, simply letting the aroma be your guide. Again, mix well for complete dilution.
Once you are seated in the tub, add the essential oils (salts, honey, cream) to the water and swirl, inhaling deeply. Soak for 10 minutes and enjoy!