Why Use Essential Oils in Massage ?
Also known as aromatherapy massage, a massage using essential oils not only smells wonderful, but has many physiological benefits as well.
There are two main reasons why I may use essential oils in your treatment.
- They smell nice – but aromas are well known to trigger emotions in the part of your brain that deals with memories, which is why certain scents can take us back in time triggering happy memories. Some scents, like citrusy or lavender oils have a very similar effect and just inhaling them as you’re enjoying your massage makes you feel good.
- The essential oils used in massage can have beneficial effects on different areas of your body and health. Some blends like DoTerra’s Aromatouch contain several essential oils known to help reduce muscle pain and promote relaxation
Essential oils and pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, you should always tell your massage therapist before an aromatherapy massage because although essential oils are safe in the vast majority of cases, there are a few specific essential oils that are best avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Essential oils and pain relief
Using essential oils such as wintergreen, peppermint and copaiba in a massage is ideal if you’re experiencing symptoms like inflammation or pain. There are several other essential oils which can give you even more relief than a basic massage.
Essential oils and stress relief
For some people, just breathing in the gorgeously relaxing scent of lavender essential oil can calm you down, while others might find it too strong and stimulating. Lavender essential oil is great for pain relief and widely used in stress-busting massage treatments. Other people may actually prefer lighter scents like citrus or something more invigorating like peppermint.
Aromatherapy is optional and complimentary
It is very important to let me know if you have any allergies or asthma as some oils can trigger an allergic reaction or irritate asthmatic airways. If I know that you have a personal preference or medical reason to avoid aromatherapy, I will schedule your appointment during the part of the day when no essential oils have been used.
As always, I use essential oils to enhance your experience and will use them as requested at no additional charge to you. I just love using aromatherapy and believe in the many benefits they offer and want to share them with you.
I am currently studying aromatherapy in order to learn more about their benefits and uses. Please feel free to ask me questions or let me know if there is an oil that you would prefer that I use during your session and I will order that for your next session.
What’s your favourite aromatherapy oil?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could have a massage every day of the week? Sadly, most of us don’t have the time or the money to indulge in quite such a regular massage routine, but we can make the most of massage treatments by taking care of ourselves in between massages.
First rule – drink the water!
There’s a reason why your therapist gives you a refreshing glass of cool water after a treatment; it’s to help hydrate your body and keep your muscles relaxed. Water is great for your skin and your muscles, plus staying hydrated can even help to prevent headaches.
Keep up with the stretching
It’s a very common problem, but there’s a very simple solution…if you are one of the many people who feel achy and tight after a day at work, stretch!If you make a habit of including stretching in your daily routine, it will really help you with any muscle aches and soreness, and will make the effects of your massage last longer. In between sessions, having a good stretch helps support the work that’s been done to relax your muscles on the treatment table. It doesn’t matter when you fit your stretches in, as long as you make a habit of it.
Stretches shouldn’t ever hurt, so don’t overdo it. Easing into stretches gently, and holding them for at least a minute will give you better results than shorter, deeper stretches.
Epsom salt baths are great for keeping any muscle aches and stiff joints at bay – they contain magnesium which is also good for relieving stress. To prevent soreness after a massage, add Epsom salts to your bath as directed and relax.
Heat or Cold
In between massages you might start feeling that tell-tale build-up of tension – nip it in the bud with heat therapy. Applying heat can help to sooth aching muscles and relieve any tightness and tension. Heat can also improve and stimulate blood flow to the area. Try a heat pad, or heat up a damp towel in the microwave using 30 second intervals to check the temperature.
If you injure yourself in between massage sessions, try using cold therapy to numb the pain. Cold therapy is good for strains, sprains and other minor injuries (if you’re unsure, or are in serious pain, see your healthcare provider).
One last and very important tip; make your massage sessions part of your regular self-care routine. If you’re unsure about how often you need a massage, the best person to ask is your therapist. She will know if you need extra sessions or just maintenance care, and will make sure your massage is tailored to your needs.