Massage therapy is beneficial on its own; however when used in conjunction with essential oils, it can be more beneficial than when performed separately. Aromatherapy massage involves a massage treatment using essential oils.
The essential oils come from the essence of plants – they are a little oily, very fragrant, and usually too concentrated to be used undiluted. For this reason essential oils are typically blended with a carrier oil – such as jojoba or grapeseed oil – this dilutes them so they don’t harm the client’s skin.
The essential oils used are determined by the massage therapist based upon their client’s needs and preferences. They are chosen to therapeutically treat the physical, emotional and spiritual disorders of the client not only through the olfactory glands (through smell) but through the integumentary (skin) system too. Aromatherapy massage works when essential oils are inhaled by the client. It also works through the skin and penetrates the cells and systems of the body for healing.
Essential oils are very effective. Often times the oils chosen for aromatherapy massage are meant to tap into the clients memory. These can be smells that remind the client of a time when they felt happy, safe, relaxed, peaceful or energized. The combination of the senses – the emotion elicited by the scent of the essential oil and the sensation of touch – is how aromatherapy massage makes a client feel relaxed, stimulated, peaceful or euphoric, depending on their desired emotional response. This combination can also provide stress relief and pain relief, help aid a sleeping disorder or physical condition, or energize the mind and body.
Many therapists offer aroma-massage. They up-charge a session and provide massage with a pre-blended, commercialized massage oil. Therapists need the educational background that continuing education from a certified aromatherapy program provides. Knowledge as to the benefits of the diversity of essential oils available, their benefits & contra-indications is key to being able to provide a safe and effective treatment. A well trained massage therapist with a seperate aromatherapy education will do much more than this.
Before your first aromatherapy massage session, your massage-aroma-therapist will conduct an initial consultation with you to learn about your desired outcome. They might ask about the current state of your work life, home life, physical health and mental state to learn about what you need. Following the consultation, the massage-aroma-therapist will select several essential oils specific to your mental and physical conditions, and personally blend them into a massage oil to be used during your first massage. Many massage therapists will also give you a small blend of the essential oil to use at home after your treatment. Then, when you go back for another appointment, they will check in with you again beforehand to find out if you would like to use the same blend, a modification of that blend or an entirely new one based upon changes in your life.
At Body-Wise, know that our treatments that have aromatherapy components are all done with a Professional Aromatherapist. If you are scheduling an appointment elsewhere, please be certain to ask questions regarding the service that you are going to be receiving so that you know beforehand what you are getting!