Dawn Fortune MAR
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils) added to the massage oil or lotion.
Inhaling essential oils through the nose is thought to promote beneficial changes in the mind and body by affecting the limbic system (a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system). Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin.
Since aromatherapy massage is a bit like Swedish massage but with scent added, people often get it for muscle- and joint-related conditions or for physical or mental stress.
Other conditions include:
- Digestive Disorders
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Back Pain
Each essential oil used in aromatherapy is said to have different properties. For example, some calm while others energize. Here are some widely used essential oils and their purported properties:
- Calming – chamomile, lavender, geranium
- Uplifting – ylang-ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli
- Energizing – rosemary
- Decongesting – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree