The vast array of essential oils that can be inhaled or applied topically can provide healing, soothing, and relaxing effects. Many massage therapists use aromatic and essential oils to complement their massage practice. People who experience depression can see improvements when adding aromatherapy massage to their current regimes of psychotherapy and medication. The brain areas responsible for scent, emotion, and memory are closely related. Experts believe certain aromas trigger positive memories and feelings and may contribute to anxiety relief. Everyone has different personal associations with various scents. This, coupled with a certain level of belief in aromatherapy treatments, helps determine the amount of healing a particular person can experience.
Researchers have conducted a number of clinical studies on aromatherapy. They’ve found that essential oils have a positive effect on many people, especially pregnant women (who may not be able to use other forms of relief).
When combined with massage techniques, aromatherapy provides a deeper level of relaxation and healing. Inhaled scents work on the mind and emotions to encourage relaxation and stress release. When rubbed into the skin, massage oils containing essential oils can provide potent relief from pain and inflammation. It is vital however, that you use a qualified, registered aromatherapist otherwise you may be given oils which are unsuitable for certain medical conditions. It is also vital that your therapist gives you a full consultation before your treatment if the therapy is to have maximum benefit and to avoid unpleasant side effects due to the prescription of unsuitable oils.
Here’s just a few of the many oils and the therapeutic benefits they have:
- Frankincense, lavender, and rose to diminish fear and anxiety
- Neroli oil for blood pressure and stress
- Orange blossom oil for peace and calm
- Peppermint or lemon to soothe nausea and vomiting
- Tea tree oil to fight bacterial/fungal infections and inflammation
- Rosemary oil for flexibility and motion
- Ginger or black pepper for pain