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Aromatherapy Massage

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What is Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with essential oils added to the massage oil or lotion.
Inhaling essential oils through the nose is thought to promote beneficial changes in the mind and body by affecting the limbic system (a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system). Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin.

Why Do People Get Aromatherapy Massage?

Aromatherapy massage resembles Swedish massage but with scent added by means of Essential Oil. Essential oils are chosen based on your symptoms. People often get it for muscle and joint related conditions or for physical or mental stress.
Other conditions include:
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Back pain

The Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage  reduces the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps, a 2015 study from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology suggests. Participants did a self-massage with rose essential oil, an unscented almond oil, or no oil on the first day of menstruation for two menstrual cycles. By the second cycle, aromatherapy massage reduced the severity of pain compared to massage therapy with almond oil or no oil.
Massage with aromatherapy may also ease menopausal symptoms. In a study published in Menopause, researchers compared 30-minute aromatherapy massage (twice a week for four weeks) to massage with plain oil or no treatment and found that both massage and aromatherapy massage were effective in reducing menopausal symptoms (with aromatherapy massage being more effective than massage only).

What to Expect During an Aromatherapy Massage

After the consultation, essential oils may be selected for you and mixed into the massage oil or lotion. 
The subtle aroma of the essential oils fills the air around you during the massage.
After the massage, it may be suggested  that a blend be use at home in between massage treatments.

Precautions

Essential oils may cause an allergic skin reaction. Essential oils can be absorbed through skin, so it's important to avoid excessive use of aromatherapy oils. If you're sensitive to scents, aromatherapy may not be right for you.

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