How to Enhance your next Massage with Essential Oils
When your baby, toddler, or child is hurt or not feeling well, a common thought it to “rub it better”. Whether they have a tummy ache or bang their elbow, mothers and fathers, often use touch as a natural reaction to reassure and comfort your little ones. Although parents use this so often, sometimes they forget that they too can benefit from this concept of touch. Whether your goal is to enjoy a moment of peace and relaxation, decrease tension, or even reduce pain, therapeutic massage has been shown to have tremendous benefits on your physical health and well-being.
A popular complementary therapy used to enhance regular massage treatments is aromatherapy where concentrated essential oils are massaged into the skin. These natural oils are extracted from herbs, flowers and other parts of the plant, and are used to treat various diseases. Aromatherapy is not a new concept. Originating in Egypt and India, it has been practiced for thousands of years and has evolved from ancient traditions of herbal medicine. With increased popularity of massage therapy and aromatherapy, more research has taken place to discover the benefits of this adjunctive treatment. This increase in research has found that aromatherapy combined with massage is better at reducing anxiety following treatment than massage alone.
The massage therapists at the Health Centre of Milton offer three different varieties of aromatherapy blends:
1) Relaxation Blend: Geranium, Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange
2) Energizing Blend: Rosemary, Lemongrass, Bergamont
3) Decongestant Blend: Lemon, and Eucalyptus
We invite you to add aromatherapy to your next massage therapy treatment. Please note that it is important to inform your massage therapist of your health history as some blends are not recommended for everyone.
Written by Dr. Sarah Chajka HBKin, DC
The above information was collected from the British Journal of General Practice, June 2000 “Aromatherapy: a systematic review”