Aromatherapy massage involves the use of oils or lotions that contain essential plant oils provided as an added extra service during a massage therapy session. Essential oils are thought to enhance the benefits of your massage and improve your physical and mental well-being.
Your massage therapist might diffuse an essential oil in the consulting room for you to inhale during your massage or they might apply the oil to be absorbed directly by your skin, using a carrier oil.
Aromatherapy massage is used for pain management and relaxation and also to treat a number of different conditions, including anxiety, depression, insomnia and nausea. Medical studies have found that aromatherapy may be a safe alternative to pharmaceutical interventions for some of these ailments.
Let your therapist know if something doesn’t feel right during your massage and do not be afraid to ask questions. People who have allergies may be sensitive to some oils. To suite your needs, your therapist can recommend and prepare specific essential oils for you to use at home.