There is nothing like a good massage when you know you need one. They feel absolutely incredible, relaxing, and euphoric. However, did you know that there are real mental and physical benefits to getting an aromatherapy massage? It’s not like you need more reasons to get one, but it is nice to know that you can see a massage therapist with something in mind that you want them focus on. More often than not, they will suggest certain massage oils that will help.
What is Aromatherapy Massage?
Essential oils and massage therapy are each widely known for their physical and psychological relieving effects. When used together, the benefits are virtually endless. That is what an aromatherapy massage is.
The benefits of aromatherapy massage oils vary with what essential oils are used, so be sure to communicate with your therapist what kind of care you’re looking for. The truth is, so many of our lives can be greatly impacted by the medical treatment of aromatherapy massages.
It’s important to note safe and effective methods if you’re going to administer your own aromatherapy massage oil treatment. You should always use a carrier oil that you know is good for your skin. For myself, I like to use coconut oil or jojoba oil. Others recommend almond oil for a carrier oil because of its amazing lubricating qualities. Diffusing essential oils during your massage also adds to the aromatherapy experience.
Aromatherapy Massage Oil Blends for Each Benefit
Now that we know what an aromatherapy massage is and that it is possible to receive mental and physical benefits, the question now arises what essential oils are good for massage and what are their benefits?
For aromatherapy massage, I recommend using essential oil blends. Blends are an amazing way to receive the benefits of multiple essential oils all wrapped up in one bottle.
The blends listed below contain essential oil combinations uniquely chosen to work synergistically towards one purpose. This means that the properties in each essential oil are enhanced when combined. They work stronger together than they do individually. For each benefit of aromatherapy massage is a blend that will serve that particular purpose.
8 Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage
1. Chronic Pain Relief
The reason why massages feel so good is because built up tension in our muscles is being broken down. A lot of issues with chronic pain are because of damage or tension in the connective tissue, which keeps our muscle tissues bound together. Aromatherapy massages can also help alleviate pain from a number of conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, cancer treatment, Peripheral neuropathy, Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and Myofascial pain syndrome.
2. Alleviate Fatigue
We all live in the 21st century, so I’m sure if you’re reading this you have some built up fatigue, too. Good news, aromatherapy massage oil treatments can alleviate your fatigue troubles. Even the short amount of time you spend getting the aromatherapy massage oil treatment will make an impact on how your body and mind feels throughout the day. If you want to make a real difference in your energy levels, long term treatment should be considered.
3. Increased Blood Circulation
Massage therapy rejuvenates damaged or tense muscle tissue by getting oxygen rich blood to the damaged tissue, although exercise is a better way of achieving this. This also improves blood pressure, and prevents clotting. Aromatherapy massage oils for increased blood circulation are found in our Cardiovascular Support Blend. I would also recommend cinnamon essential oil for warmth and increased blood circulation.
4. Stress relief
The process of laying in a dark, comforting room, smelling the calming essential oils, and having your body massaged are all very grounding activities. It’s rare in our lives that we get a chance to just lay and relax, unless you specifically set aside the time to. Grounding exercises are very effective in diminishing stress levels. Studies have found that lavender is a very effective oil to use in aromatherapy massage oil treatments because they significantly reduce stress levels. Plus, today we have grown collectively touch starved. Being touched gently by someone is healing for us in itself, and aromatherapy massage is one of the safest spaces for that to happen.
5. Immune System Boost
This is especially true depending which essential oils are used, lemon, oregano, and thyme are great essential oils for stimulating the immune system response and are all included in our Immune Blend, plus more. Aromatherapy massage oil treatments are proven to significantly reduce stress, and when stress levels are lowered our immune systems can work better. Plus, when blood circulation is stimulated, the organs that fight off germs and disease get clean, oxygen rich blood faster which vastly improves the function of the immune system.
6. Improved Mood
There are many reasons why an aromatherapy massage oil treatment would improve one’s mood. Whether it’s the long lasting effects of the essential oils, or because the knot in your lower back was finally rubbed out. It could also be attributed to the notion that we hold onto our stress and trauma in our physical body. When something impactful and psychologically damaging happens to us, if our brains can’t process it, it will sometimes hold onto the tension in our bodies and cause built up pain. That’s why aromatherapy massages can be so healing and can rejuvenate our bodies and minds.
7. Stimulates the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is what filters our blood, absorbs nutrients, and aids in immune response. A lot can go wrong if your lymphatic system is not working properly, but there are many essential oils that can help clear a clogged lymphatic system, such as sandalwood, lemon, grapefruit, or rosemary. Rubbing these diluted essential oils directly onto a swollen lymph node will encourage it to drain and will improve the function of the lymphatic system. This will help with stiffness, and will alleviate depression and anxiety. An improved lymphatic system is one of many benefits of aromatherapy massage oil treatments.
8. More Alert and Attentive
With improved blood circulation, brain function is improved as well. This effect is strengthened depending on what essential oils are being used; peppermint oil has been widely known to enhance brain function and alertness. This also goes back to the effect of grounding. The process of laying with yourself, letting your thoughts roam freely, being relaxed by the scent of essential oils, are all very grounding and rejuvenating. This enhances your awareness, memory, concentration, and even your reaction time for the rest of your day.
Essential oils should always be used responsibly and with intention. They can be potentially harmful if used in high quantities or undiluted, so it’s best to do your research. Be sure to communicate with your healthcare provider if you have any serious injuries or illnesses, and do your research! Do not underestimate the power of essential oils!