What is Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy but with highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, added to the massage oil or lotion.
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 energise.
Here are some widely used essential oils and their purported properties:
calming – chamomile, lavender, geranium
uplifting – ylang-ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli
energising – rosemary
cleansing – rosemary
decongesting – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree
What can I expect during an aromatherapy massage?
After the consultation, one or more essential oils are selected based on what you need and are mixed in with the massage oil or lotion.
The subtle aroma of the essential oils fills the air around you during the massage.
After the massage, the massage therapist may suggest a blend that you can use at home in between massage treatments.
Different durations are possible: