By Natalie Stefiuk, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
Aromatherapy oils or essential oils, have effects all over the body from increasing relaxation to boosting your mood. While you may be familiar with using essential oils in diffusers, sprays, baths salts or lotions - they can also be mixed into massage oil and applied directly to the skin to greatly enhance massage therapy treatments.
How does aromatherapy for massage work?
Aromatherapy can be a game changer when included in your regular maintenance massages.
When applied to the skin, aromatherapy oils can aid in pain relief in your muscles, increase lymphatic movement, as well as boost your immune and circulatory systems.
Aromatherapy massage has also been known to decrease symptoms of PMS, menstrual cramps, headaches, anxiety and depression. On top of all of this, aromatherapy can help with relaxation during your massage.
What essential oils are used during a massage?
Some of the most common essential oils chosen for massage include eucalyptus, lavender, orange, peppermint and lemongrass.
But there are hundreds of beneficial essential oils that can be used alone or combined with other oils to benefit you in any way you need during your massage.
Here are a few examples of how aromatherapy oils are beneficial when added to a massage treatment:
- Lavender or vanilla is commonly used to help clients struggling with restless sleep or relaxation
- Citrus essential oil, commonly orange or lemon is known to be a mood booster and can increase circulation
- Eucalyptus and peppermint in combination is popular for relieving stress
- Bergamot and sage can decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression
Add aromatherapy to your next massage
Natalie Stefiuk is a Registered Massage Therapist at Movement Performance & Health and has a passion including aromatherapy in her massage treatments. Book with Natalie and see firsthand how aromatherapy can enhance your massage treatment.
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