What urges you to schedule a massage therapy session? Whether you’re seeking pain relief, a release of built-up tension or stress, or just need some time for yourself, massage therapy is a proven, effective part of your self-care treatment regimen. But if you find that deep muscle therapy or a little extra work around your problem areas is taking away from your ability to relax during your session, there is another way to get the benefit you need: aromatherapy.
What is Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherapy massage takes advantage of the restorative properties of essential oils (100% natural plant essences) by incorporating them into your session either through a diffuser or by mixing them into the massage lotion for direct body application. It removes the need for deeper pressure in some cases, allowing you to get that same relaxing massage you are looking for without sacrificing getting the work that you need. And this is exactly why aromatherapy and massage work together.
Finding Relief with Aromatherapy
As we have mentioned, getting the work you need can sometimes be uncomfortable if your therapist needs to work deeper tissues to provide you with the relief you are looking for. If this type of massage just isn’t for you, talk to your therapist about aromatherapy in your next session. Aromatherapy essential oils can be used to treat:
- Muscle spasms
Why Aromatherapy Works
Aromatherapy massages don’t necessarily work because of the technique that is used. Instead, they focus on using an appropriate essential oil with healing properties that address what your body needs. However, they are most commonly used with modalities such as Swedish, lymphatic or reflexology. Just be careful when you schedule an aromatherapeutic massage that you check with your therapist to ensure they are using essential oils, not fragrance oils. Fragrance oils will not have the desired therapeutic effect. And always be sure to work with a trained and licensed massage therapist.