Types of Massage

Aromatherapy

What is Aromatherapy?

Now a lot of people may not know what aromatherapy is or the benefits for your health it entails. Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that utilizes natural plant extracts to improve your health and well-being. Also known as ‘Oil Therapy’. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve help improve the health of your body, mind and spirit. It boosts both emotional and physical health.

We at Massage Me like to think of aromatherapy as both an art and a science and recently, aromatherapy has gained recognition in the fields of medicine and science.

How Does Aromatherapy Treatment Work?

Aromatherapy works via your sense of smell and skin absorption using products such as:

  • Clay masks
  • Hot & cold compresses
  • Facial steamers
  • Body oils, creams, or lotions for massage application
  • Bathing salts
  • Inhalers
  • Aromatic spritzers
  • Diffusers Using any of these alone or in combination can count as aromatherapy.

With nearly one hundred types of essential oils available it’s hard to know where to begin! But generally, people only use the most popular oils.

We have a range of essential oils for sale at any of our locations to help get you started. All of our oils are 100% natural which means they are healthy for your skin. So feel free to ask us what we’d recommend during your next visit.

Each essential oil has its unique array of healing properties, uses and effects. You can combine different oils to create a synergistic blend to help fit your needs.

Aromatherapy Benefits

Aromatherapy has a large range of benefits. It is said to help:

  • Boost immunity
  • Improve hospice and palliative care
  • Improve digestion
  • Fight bacteria, virus, or fungus
  • Ease discomforts of labour
  • Alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy
  • Treat headaches and migraines
  • Soothe sore joints
  • Reduce stress, agitation, and anxiety
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Manage pain

Conditions it may treat

Aromatherapy can help alleviate many conditions, including:

  • Menopause
  • Arthritis
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Cancer
  • Alopecia
  • Menstrual issues
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Inflammation
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Asthma

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy states the most popular essential oils are:

  • Clary sage
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Mandarin
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Roman chamomile
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang ylang

You can utilize these oils in any number of ways. Such as, adding them to body lotions or carrier oils, then applying them topically. Try boosting a facial toner, conditioner or shampoo with essential oils. They can be incorporated with liquid soap, toothpaste, or mouthwash. You could try diffusing or spritzing the oils throughout a room. Or pour them into a bath.

Takeaway

As you adventure through the world of essential oils, remember to pay close attention to how the different oils and methods of use affect you.

Always speak with a professional before starting any new aromatherapy treatment. Aromatherapy is meant to be a complementary therapy and is not to be used as a replacement treatment plan.

The Massage Me team are all well trained in the benefits of aromatherapy treatment. We can help you to identify your needs and find the best solution for you. Come and visit us to get started on your aromatherapy journey today.