Aromatherapy massage is one of the proven therapies to get mental as well as physical relaxation. The aroma body massage is performed using a blend of special essential oils that contain medicinal principles.
Aromatherapy is one of the most widely used Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM). The aroma of essential oils used for the body massage is believed to stimulate brain function and show mental benefits such as improvement in sleep quality, reducing anxiety and enhancing mood. The body massage using essential oils can also be beneficial in reducing body aches and pain.
1. How does Aromatherapy work?
Aromatherapy uses the rich aromatic effects of essential oils to work on our body and mind. The essence of selective herbs inhaled through the nose directly affects our olfactory lobes in the brain that have to do with sense of smell. On receiving these signals, the brain signals release of hormones and neuro-chemicals that bring about a sense of wellbeing, calm and healing.
2. What are the types of aromatic oils?
The three category of oils used in Aromatherapy include ones that invigorate and rejuvenate, the second one that balances and tones the body including healing our bodily functions and regulating them and the third one that calms the nervous system.
The aroma is administered in the form of diffusers, aromatic spritzers, bathing salts, creams and lotions, steamers, hot or cold compresses, inhalers and body oils.
3. What is an example of an essential oil used in aromatherapy?
For example, lavender is the most commonly used oil in aromatherapy with host of physiological and psychological benefits including:
· Anti-inflammatory properties
· Stress reduction
· Eases heart rate
· Improves sleep in patients of Insomnia
· Reduces blood pressure
· Analgesic or pain relief
· Betters temperament by reducing impatience, anxiety, irritability and hysteria
Essential oils are packed with antioxidants and when the right oil is used, can really elevate the atmosphere and provide positive results. Oils like peppermint, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, orange, lemongrass are all powerful antibacterial oils and .when diffused, they cleanse the atmosphere around and provide a beautiful aroma as well.