Aromatherapy uses essential oils that have been extracted from medicinal plants, flowers, herbs, roots, and trees to improve psychological and physical well-being. Aromatherapy can enhance the benefits of relaxation and therapeutic massage. When inhaled or applied to the skin during a massage, essential oils can stimulate brain function and promote healing within the body.
Plants contain beneficial phytochemical constituents that help protect them from animals, bacteria and viruses. These naturally occurring constituents are taken from the plants and mixed with alcohol to preserve their potency. The end result is a concentrated oily formula that can be mixed with massage creams and carrier oils such as coconut oil.
Aromatherapy can be used in a variety of ways (either single oil or combination of):
- Through creams and carrier oils during a massage
- Inhaling oils through the nostrils directly
- Diffusing essential oils into the air during a massage
- Rubbing oil directly onto the skin
- Soaking in an oil-infused bath
Popular essential oils include:
- Peppermint – Muscular pain, chronic pain
- Eucalyptus – Congestion and respiratory tract concerns
- Lemongrass – Anxiety, pain
- Lavender – Inflammation, congestion, muscular and rheumatic pain, headache, insomnia, anxiety
- Wood or bark from trees such as pine– muscular and rheumatic pain, infections, sinusitis
- Rose or geranium –Inflammation, skin rejuvenation
- Orange or lemon – Anxiety, skin rejuvenation, insomnia, antibacterial
Book with our Registered Massage Therapist, Kaitlyn Ford, for an Aromatherapy Massage!