Aromatherapy massage is a massage using plant essential oils blended with a carrier oil or cream. Essential oils have been used in medicines for thousands of years and there are approximately 400 different oils extracted from plants all over the world.
Known as a holistic or complementary therapy, aromatherapy should never be used in place of traditional or conventional medical care and you should consult a GP or qualified health professional for medical attention or advice.
People turn to aromatherapy massage for a variety of reasons. Some see the benefit as it helps them to manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems while others use it simply to relax and maintain good health and a sense of general well-being.
As an example, lavender oil has been used for centuries and is known for its calming and relaxing qualities. People often use lavender oil as an aid to help with difficulty sleeping.
Essential oils, which are highly aromatic, are readily absorbed into the body via the skin and lungs, and are believed to affect the body on all levels – physically, mentally and even emotionally/spiritually. When combined with massage, which helps to soothe away muscular tension and improve circulation, an aromatherapy treatment can be either deeply relaxing or uplifting, depending on the oils and massage techniques used by the therapist.
What happens when you have an aromatherapy massage?
Before you have an aromatherapy massage, your therapist should carry out a full consultation which will include questions relating to your medical history, general health, diet and lifestyle. Once this consultation the therapist will be able to choose the essential oils appropriate to your own individual needs. The massage would typically be a full body massage or neck, back and shoulder massage.
When your treatment has been completed, your therapist may recommend that you use certain essential oils at home, possibly in the bath or as an inhalant to further enhance the benefits of your aromatherapy massage.
The above information has been sourced from https://www.fht.org.uk/
If you would like to find an aromatherapist the Medigest Business Directory can help you find a qualified professional therapist in your local area under the category of holistic therapists. https://www.medigest.uk/directory/