Aromatherapy massage combines traditional massage therapy with the use of aromatic essential oils which make the massage more effective in several ways.
How can aromatherapy massage help me?
The sense of smell is very closely linked with the brain’s limbic system, which is the centre of your emotions and strongly influences both your glandular and nervous systems.The scent of these essential oils affects the limbic system in predictable ways, allowing the aroma and massage therapist to ease your overall stress levels, reduce your blood pressure and heart rate, and stimulate both your immune and digestive systems. These oils are also absorbed into the skin, and can be used to achieve different effects, depending on the mix of oils used.
For example, Lavender and chamomile are known to have a calming influence while rosemary is both energising and cleansing. Rose, sage or ylang ylang oils can lift your mood. Tea tree and eucalyptus oils are also excellent decongestants, perfect for allergy sufferers. Of course, aromatherapy is more complex than this, and your therapist will create a special blend of oils to suit your unique complaints.
What problems can aromatherapy massage treat?
Aromatherapy massage is especially well suited to treat stress-related conditions such as migraines and headaches, insomnia, back pain and even PMS.