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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