The Benefits of Aromatherapy Massages

by Lisa Dzapasi

Aromatherapy is a specific type of therapy that incorporates the use of essential oils into a massage. The massage involves alternating between gentle and harder pressure while using a specific blend of essential oils. The essential oils are diluted before use and then applied along with lotion during the massage. Not only does the body benefit from the direct contact with the essential oils, but the oils are alleged to have specific healing properties upon inhaling after exposure. 

The facts

  • Essential Oils can make people feel good
  • Aromatherapy is a widely used practice
  • So far the dangers of essential oils only arise when if one is are allergic.

What are the benefits of Aromatherapy?

Aroma therapeutic massages relieve the body as well as providing emotional healing and relaxation. The benefits are on a long list that also include a few of the same benefits of any other massage. Below are a few of the general benefits of a massage that incorporates aromatherapy:

  • Stress reducing
  • Anxiety reliever
  • Increased calmness and relaxation
  • Decrease in muscle tension
  • Pain relief
  • A reduction of symptoms of depression
  • Ease of pain from various conditions listed below:
    • Chronic lower back pain
    • Myofascial pain syndrome
    • Arthritis
    • Insomnia relief
    • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
    • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
    • Premenstrual syndrome

The Specifics of Aromatherapy

There are various  essential oils that correlate to many different healing paths so it’s up to you to communicate with your therapist to decide what oils are best for you to use. If you are someone who has trouble sleeping or need to relax,  lavender would most likely be used in  your session. If you suffer from emotional distress, rosemary or rose may be applied. Below are some of the different types essential oils and their healing properties.

Muscle Tone

Essential oils such as Marjoram and Balsam Fir help with muscle toning. Lemongrass and White Fir, reduces inflammation and can also aide muscle tone. Helichrysum tends to be used to aid the reduction of scar tissue and  reduce acute bone.

Joint Pain

Joint pain and strain is a common issue amongst those who indulge in physical activities. Wintergreen is known to ease the tension in joints. Birch, it’s more expensive sister, is also supposed to have the same healing properties. Cajeput oil is believed to aide in stiffness whilst Roman Chamomile and Spruce help with inflammation and aching.

Connective Tissue:

Connective tissue  binds and connects our body parts. Sometimes, people may run into issues with their connective tissue whether it be from a chronic condition or an abrupt onset of symptoms, it is important to make sure you are taking the time to heal them. Lemongrass is widely used specifically in relation to working on ligaments. German chamomile is also alleged to show signs of improvement in connective tissue problems.

Aromatherapy benefits both physically and mentally.