Aromatherapy Massage for Stress Relief
Aromatherapy Massage for Stress Relief
You may already know that a great massage can do wonders for your body and mind when you’re feeling stressed. But did you know that adding aromatherapy to your next massage could take it to a completely different level of relaxation and stress relief?
The Negative Health Impacts Of Stress
Stress has been shown to cause an actual physical response in the body, which in turn can lead to:
• Irritable bowel or nervous indigestion
• Tightness in the chest or heart palpitations
• Lowered immunity
• Anxiety and insomnia
Medical researchers have suggested that stress may also lead to heart disease, allergies, and other chronic problems. So, it’s easy to see that we all need a way to manage our stress to stay healthy. And, we believe massage should play a vital role in any stress relief program.
If you carry tension and stress in your neck and shoulders, just imagine the talented hands of a massage therapist softening those tight muscles and feeling your shoulders move back down and into place. Can’t you just feel the stress leaving your body? And that just from a few seconds of visualizing a great massage. Imagine what incredible stress reduction benefits you would receive from an actual massage!
Using Aromatherapy To Relieve Stress
Aromatherapy uses smell to boost your mood, lower stress and encourage other healthy responses in your body. Using certain essential oils for aromatherapy can actually produce specific physical and emotional reactions within your body, such as stress relief and improved immunity.
You can use a diffuser to release the scent of the essential oils into a room, put a few drops on a cotton ball and breathe in the fragrance, or add the essential oils to a carrier oil to use in a relaxing massage. Discover Massage also incorporates aromatherapy into their massage treatments to enhance the benefits for their clients.
The Best Of Both Natural Remedies
Relaxation or therapeutic massage and bodywork have been medically proven to decrease stress hormones, increase white blood cells (helping immunity), and release feel-good hormones like oxytocin and serotonin.
When you combine these benefits of massage with aromatherapy massage oil, the health benefits of physical touch are boosted by these powerful essential oils. Here are just a few examples of powerful essentials oils that compliment massage:
• Lavender Aromatherapy Massage Oil or Bergamot & Chamomile Aromatherapy Skin Products (help reduce anxiety or irritability)
• Jasmine & Rose Aromatherapy Massage Oil (help reduce feelings of depression)
• Sandalwood & Lemon Aromatherapy Massage Oil (help combat insomnia or fatigue)
• Grapefruit Aromatherapy Massage Oil (help reduce feelings of helplessness)
Grapeseed oil is a good choice for a carrier oil when using essential oils in massage. Always test a scent of any essential oil before getting started to make sure the smell is pleasing to you. Once you have a good mixture, breathe it in deeply, relax into your massage and feel the stress and tension melt away.
What To Expect During Your Aromatherapy Massage
To create the perfect massage, it’s important to communicate with your massage therapist. Tell them how you’re feeling – stressed, anxious, unhappy, nervous, etc. Depending on your specific conditions, the therapist will create a combination of essential oils specifically for you. Some spas will use pre-selected blends of stress reducing massage oils, so once you find a combination that works for you, make a note of it for future massage sessions.
As the therapist works on massaging your muscles and releasing your tension, you’ll become aware of the scents released by the essential oils. The aroma is usually subtle, not overpowering and will add to your experience.
At DISCOVER Massage, in Traverse City, you can purchase the blend of aromatherapy massage oils that were used or the therapist may suggest the specific essential oils you should use at home for continued stress relief. You can also order our proprietary organic, therapeutic grade aromatherapy massage oils and other aromatherapy products online.