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Relaxation With Aromatherapy Massage

Although the popularity of benefits of this gentle complementary treatment has increased immensely, it's nothing new - aromatherapy has been used holistically for centuries.

Stress and stress related conditions cause a variety of negative effects on people. Those who practice aromatherapy at home throughout the ages, and those who have experience with essential oils in modern times, know aromatherapy can help balance out these negative aspects simply and effectively.

Aromatherapy massage is probably one of the most well-known treatments. Essential oils combined with massage works exceptionally well in lowering the heart rate, blood pressure and, of course, relaxing muscles.

In addition, aromatherapy massage also:

• Nourishes the skin when the oil is massaged in
• Can soften fatty deposits
• Relieves headaches that are caused by tension
• Helps reduce stress-related symptoms
• Promotes a feel-good mood
• Helps to remove toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system.

An aromatherapy massage is so much more beneficial than a traditional massage, as the aroma from the essential oils stimulate the olfactory nerves, sending signals to the brain which in turn transmit messages to the rest of the body.

A good therapist adds to the whole ambiance. The client must be able to feel at ease with the therapist. As he or she will be naked or partially clad, the client must feel relaxed and open to the therapist massaging large expanses of skin.

Aromatherapy massage is a very safe treatment; however there are some contra-indications to oils that may be used in a treatment.

For example, following is a partial list of some essential oils that should not be used at all during pregnancy, even in diluted quantities, as they may initiate contractions or have other contraindications:

  • Anise

  • Angelica

  • Basil

  • Laurel

  • Cedarwood (all sorts)

  • Cinnamon

  • Clasry Sage

  • Clove

  • Fennel

  • Hyssop

  • Juniper

  • Lovage

  • Myrrh

  • Nutmeg

  • Thyme (white variety)

An aromatherapist usually conducts a full consultation so as to prevent any adverse reactions. It is important that the person receiving the massage tells the therapist if they have any medical or health conditions.

Some major conditions to report are:

• Thrombosis
• Epilepsy
• Pregnancy
• Contagious skin conditions
• Sensitive skin.

If you are planning to have an aromatherapy massage, it is worth arranging it to be after usual work hours rather than at lunchtime. The massage will make you feel very relaxed. You will probably not feel like working, and many of its benefits will be lost by having to force yourself to work.

Drink plenty of fluids, preferably pure water. Herbal teas are ok, but no caffeinated beverages, or soft drinks. Water will help with the removal of toxins by flushing through the lymphatic system, which does not have a pump and requires fluids to remove toxins most effectively.

Also, avoid heavy meals afterward, as blood would be diverted to the stomach to help process the food eaten instead of beginning the healing process.

Having a frequent periodic aromatherapy massage will help to combat the stresses of daily life and help you to achieve a relaxed and balanced lifestyle. A good regimen is once a week for a month, if possible, then once or twice a month to maintain relaxation and balance of mind and body.