An aromatherapy massage is a Swedish massage therapy incorporating essential oils for a variety of purposes. Essential oils have been known to improve physical and mental health. Studies have found certain essential oils help improve mood and alleviate anxiety and stress. As a fully qualified aromatherapist I can blend essential oils to a client’s specific needs, to encourage, relaxation, invigoration, calm tranquillity, or serenity.
There are many benefits of Aromatherapy massage and these can be tailored depending on your needs, but here are 10 reasons you may need an aromatherapy massage.
1- Improves Healing: Aromatherapy can improve the healing of your mind and body.
2- Reduces Anxiety: When you experience anxiety, Aromatherapy massage can be known to reduce the effects of anxiety. Massage helps release the endorphins, and stress-reducing hormones. This 2017 study by the Mental Health Clinician shows that selecting the correct oils during your massage treatment can also help reduce anxiety.
3- Alleviate Headaches: Peppermint oil is widely used to reduce headaches and improves mood. By incorporating this into an aromatherapy massage its possible to alleviate the symptoms of persistent headaches and migraines
4- Improve Emotional State: Aromatherapy has proven beneficial to improve your mood. With the correct blend of oils used in either massage or a diffuser you may find an improvement in your emotional state.
5- Menstrual Relief: Everyone experiences their menstrual cycle differently and its not uncommon for this to be uncomfortable and painful. By using essential oils such as lavender, clary sage, and rose Aromatherapy massage can improve these symptoms, supported by a 2006 Study in the Journal of Complementary Medicine
6- Slowing Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Alzheimer’s society have reported that Aromatherapy can reduce the effects of Dementia, which is an age-related disease. It is also noted that certain oils may also improve the cognition of those suffering Alzheimer’s
7- Anti-Inflammatory: In 2010 a JLR study by found that certain essential oils (thyme, bergamot, clove, rose, eucalyptus) can reduce inflammation in the body by up to 25% Researchers found that these oils reduced the expression of the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme.
8- Treats Insomnia: Aromatherapy is also widely used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Aromatherapy massage calms the mind and relieves all the stress and tension in the body
9- Strengthens The Immune System: Aromatherapy massage can helps boost the immune system. Massage is known to stimulate the lymphatic system while essential oils are anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, which are absorbed by the skin to boosts immunity.
10- Pain Relief: A 2016 study by Hindawi supports that essential oils help reduce chronic pain like muscle pain, arthritis, joints, or tissue pain. Aromatherapy Massage can repair damaged muscle tissue and reduce pain in joints or any part of the body.
For centuries, the power of essential oils been used in holistic treatments to improve your health and well-being. Essential oils used in the therapy can treat many health problems, including muscle and joint pain, anxiety, depression, skin infections, and much more. If you are interested in Aromatherapy Massage why not book and appointment in my Manchester treatment room.
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Deep tissue massage is widely used to treat musculoskeletal issues. Similar to sports massage, it can be used to treat strains and sports injuries, pain, stiffness, injuries, and fatigue. During a deep tissue massage, I use fingertips, knuckles, forearms, and elbows to focus on the areas that require treatment. This massage is best for the patients suffering from back and muscle pain or problems, desk workers, sportsmen, and treating incorrect postures.
A common misconception I see clients in my Manchester salon, make is that Deep Tissue means firmer pressure, when this is not always the case. Deep refers to the depth within the muscle that is being targeted. It is entirely possible to have a firmer pressure Swedish Massage than a Deep Tissue massage, the difference lies within the technique.
Here's 10 Reasons you may need a Deep Tissue Massage:
1- Treats Muscle Pain: Beneficial for those suffering from muscle pain. It helps infuse the blood flow in the muscles that reduces pain and stiffness.
2- Increases Flexibility: If you find your stiff and achy, deep tissue massage helps release the knots in the muscles, increasing flexibility and mobility.
3- Reduces Stress: Feeling stressed from work? Massage helps raise the levels of oxytocin hormone and reduce the cortisol levels in the body.
4- Relieve the symptoms of Arthritis: Deep Tissue Massage is also used to treat symptoms of Arthritis. Pain, stiffness of muscles, and sleeping disorder can be treated through this technique.
5- Improved Injuries recovery: Applying pressure on the injured area can reduce the visibility of forming a scar. Deep tissue massage can help reduce the formation of scars by breaking down adhesions in the tissue.
6- Helps with Pain During Pregnancy: Often clients are surprised that they can still have deep tissue massage during pregnancy. This is possible in low risk pregnancies after the first trimester, provided suitable mitigations are in place to accommodate.
7- Lowers Blood Pressure: Deep tissue massage has also been proven to lower the blood pressure of the body, great for those suffering high blood pressure.
8- Improves Posture: A lesser-known benefit of this massage is that it improves the posture of the body through the stimulation of the musculoskeletal system
9- Enhances Sports Activities: By improving blood flow and reduces muscle soreness, deep tissue massage has been known to improve athletic performance.
10- Helps with Fibromyalgia: Studies have found that the patients living with fibromyalgia may find relief with massage therapy when suitably performed by a qualified massage professional.
Deep tissue massage benefits everyone from office workers, sports people and even other massage therapists (we have to take care of our bodies too). If you feel any of these reasons are why you are looking for massage advice, then ask your therapist about deep tissue massage or if you are local to Manchester, book and appointment with me via my website [Book Now]
After over a decade of working in the Manchester Massage and Beauty industry, I have seen all manner of clients booking in for massage
From busy Mum's just taking an hour to themselves, immersed in the aroma of essential oils and enjoying the deep relaxation of a calm and serene environment, to Personal Trainers, working their bodies day in day out to help others to achieve their own personal fitness goals, to Nail and Lash Technicians, feeling the strain of curling over their clients to give them a little piece of confidence in their look with a little bit of fierce.
One thing I have noticed in the plethora of new clients, often nervous about What to Expect from a Massage is in many cases they don't really understand the benefits massage can deliver.
As part of my extensive pre-treatment consultation and aftercare advice I ensure that my clients are given all the information they need about how their massage is going to benefit them, tailoring their treatment to their own personal needs and educating them about its benefits.
Through a series of "10 Benefits Of" blog posts I will look to address what type of massages are available, who needs them and the benefits they can give us all.
If you already know you need a massage why not book your treatment in my Manchester Treatment Room