How Aromatherapy Improves Massage
Scientific studies show that massage has many health benefits, from alleviating pain and releasing stress to improving immunity, lessening depression and improving circulation. Using therapeutic grade essential oils increases the benefits of massage, further improving health and well being.
Aromatic oils have been used in medicines and body treatments since ancient times around the world and their benefits are just as important today as they were to the Egyptians and Romans.
Massage – Key to Good Health
Stress has a proven impact on health, with medical experts ascribing stress to many health issues such as hypertension (increased blood pressure), chronic muscle tension and lowered immune response. These in turn can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as heart attack, stroke and cancer.
With this in mind, consider that one of the main uses for aromatherapy is stress relief. There are many pure therapeutic grade essential oils that are known to promote feelings of relaxation, improving sleep and lessening anxiety. Combine the benefits of these oils with the known stress relieving, mood elevating and circulation-improving bodywork during a therapeutic massage and you have amplified the benefits of touch through aromatherapy.
Holistic Healthcare through Aromatherapy Massage
Most therapeutic grade essential oils are affordable and available from select distributers. If you are pregnant or have allergies or medical conditions, it is advisable to consult your healthcare professional or a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils. For massage, a few drops of the therapeutic grade essential oils are added to natural carrier oil such as grape seed or jojoba oil, transforming the neutral carrier oil into a tool to further enhance the benefits of your massage.
Aromatherapy offers natural remedies for many purposes, including:
• Relaxation – lavender, sandalwood, marjoram, chamomile, orange
• Mood elevating/energizing – citrus, ginger, jasmine, eucalyptus, peppermint
• Alertness – cocoa absolute, rosemary, citrus
• Antibacterial and antifungal – oregano, lemon, tea tree
• Chronic pain/migraines/muscle aches – eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender
Research Supports Massage Benefits
Studies show that massage benefits people with many health conditions, from premature infants gaining weight and thriving to easing dependence on medication for laboring mothers or palliative care patients. It is no surprise that massage is being incorporated into neonatal intensive care units, hospices and being taught to new parents to help colicky babies. Aromatherapy is an integral part of therapeutic massage, with lavender promoting relaxation and pain relief – and peppermint, dill and coriander relieving colic.
The benefits of aromatherapy massage are an asset to everyone, whether recovering from injury or dealing with a chronic condition or as a preventative health measure. When combined with aromatherapy, massage can:
• Alleviate pain, including post-surgery and migraines
• Decrease anxiety and offer stress relief
• Boost mood and energy
• Improve sleep, digestion and circulation
• Enhance immunity and concentration
Take time to treat yourself to aromatherapy massage, not just because it feels good but also because it is truly beneficial for your health and wellness. At Discover Massage located in Traverse City you have the option of adding natural and organic therapeutic grade aromatherapy oils to any massage. You can browse our catalog of organic aromatherapy options and pair your selection with music of your choice to create your perfect massage experience.
You can also browse our wide selection of aromatherapy and essential oils online or stop in to our Traverse City massage center to receive an aromatherapy massage or take a bottle home.