Massage therapy is a great way to reduce stress, manage pain and stiffness and generally improve mood and well-being.
Aromatherapy and massage is a match made in heaven – they can stimulate positive emotions and relaxation, enhance immunity, relieve joints and muscles pain, and more. Adding essential oils to the massage therapy can enhance such benefits.
Massage therapy consists of the manipulation of muscles and lymph nodes through professional pressing and rubbing techniques. Massage has been linked to short-term decrease in physical aches and pains and improved mood. Adding essential oils to the aromatherapy massage can potentially enhance its benefits.
What are the best aromatherapy massage oils?
There are many different essential oils with different potential therapeutic properties.
For example, if you want to improve your sleep and relaxation, you can try an aromatherapy massage with lavender oil. To release the stress and tension after work, you may try a massage with chamomile or bergamot. If you want to tone your muscles and improve stiffness, a tonic massage with eucalyptus or peppermint is a good choice.
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Most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage and their properties
Calming: chamomile, lavender and geranium
Energising: citrus (orange, bergamot, lemon, lime, grapefruit), rosemary
Decongesting: pine, tea tree, frankincense, eucalyptus
Uplifting: ylang-ylang, clary sage, neroli, rose
To tone the muscles: peppermint, marjoram, eucalyptus, frankincense, ginger
Anti-aging (for facial massage): essential oils such as rose, lemon and other citrus essential oils, lavender; carrier oils such as argan oil, jojoba, grapeseed, almond, and avocado oil.
For aromatherapy body massage, use a carrier oil such as fractioned coconut oil or olive oil.
To make the most of your essential oils, choose pure, premium, therapeutic grade oils from companies you can trust.
How often should you have an aromatherapy massage?
It depends on what you want to achieve with your treatment – sometimes it is recommended weekly, bi-monthly or monthly, but it varies for person to person.
Is aromatherapy massage safe?
Aromatherapy massage is generally safe, but if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have medical conditions, ask for your doctor’s advice for your particular case.
Possible side effects include sensitivity to the essential oils used during your massage. Your massage therapist should always dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil before applying it to the skin.
Diffusing the essential oils
You may enjoy more aromatherapy benefits outside of massage sessions by diffusing essential oils in your home or office.
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