Aromatherapy massage is a treatment using massage oil or lotion that contains essential plant oils. During an aromatherapy massage, you inhale these essential oil molecules or absorb them through your skin. The overall purpose of aromatherapy is meant to improve your physical and mental well-being and add harmony to the session.
Aromatherapy massage is used for a variety of different reasons, including: anxiety, depression, insomnia, nausea, pain management, and relaxation.
Aromatherapy is often added to a traditional massage treatment as an extra service. Adding essential oils is thought to enhance the benefits of your massage, allowing you to be more receptive to deep tissue therapy.
The massage therapist might diffuse an essential oil in the consulting room during your massage or they might add a few drops of oil to massage lotion and apply it directly to your skin. The therapist should be able to recommend specific essential oils, to suite your needs.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions during your massage. If something doesn’t feel right, let the therapist know. Some people are known to be sensitive to some oils. Your therapist may also prepare products for you to use at home, such as oils to put in a diffuser or used in a cream.
If you are amongst those struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep, essential oils may help. Medical studies have found that aromatherapy may be a safe alternative to pharmaceutical interventions for mild sleep disturbances.