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The Amazing Benefits of Relaxation Massage and Aromatherapy

Updated on March 22, 2015
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Author: Matthew A. Easterbrook Matthew A. Easterbrook was born in the San Francisco Bay area and grew up on his grandparent's ranch in Par

Massage and Aromatherapy Go Hand in Hand

Massage and Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to assist in physical and psychological well-being. The use of these oils began thousands of years ago, when the Chinese used aromatic plants and burned incense to create harmony and balance. The Egyptians used oils and herbs to embalm the dead, and for spiritual and medicinal purposes. Essential oils are also used in modern day laundry and household cleaners. Did you know there are approximately 90 known essential oils? Some of these are Lavender Oil, Lemon grass Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Root Chakra 1 Balancing Body Mist etc.These are just a few, but you have seen them and used the products.

Lavender Essential Oil

Modern Use of Aromatherapy

Today’s modern use of aromatherapy is best known in massage therapy. Massage therapists use aromatherapy as a tool to enhance the therapeutic massage experience. This creates an atmosphere with relaxing music and a warm, comfortable environment. The use of a variety of essential oils by the masseuse can also help a person during the massage with muscle relaxation, muscle pain, cramping relief, brain stimulation, and relaxed heart rate. Certain aromas, such as eucalyptus, have been known to help reduce and ease congestion in those individuals with asthmatic conditions. Most massage therapists today have eliminated all perfume oils because they are not natural, some people are hypersensitive to their scents and it affects their respiratory system, and they do not provide the same therapeutic benefits. They are also not natural and most of them don’t contain holistic ingredients. Many people are even severely allergic to the perfumes and cannot tolerate their use at all during a massage. Therefore, the most knowledgeable therapists are strictly using natural aromatherapy to enhance the massage and help a person to breathe and relax while they are receiving their massage. Some essential oils are also applied to the skin after they have been carefully diluted into carrier oil. Good examples of these types of oils would be sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, or a pure vegetable oil. Massage therapists usually incorporate these aromatherapy oils into the massage itself instead of as an inhalant during the session, which fills the room with these wonderful scents.

Collection of Essentials Oils and Massage Treatment

Massage Therapists Are Going All Natural

Massage professionals are gravitating more and more to natural aromatherapy in their practices to better serve their clientele and assist them with a healthier lifestyle. Massage therapy is not only good for the body, but great for the spirit as well. If you are overly tense, stressed, overworked, having muscle pain, and merely have not been pampered in a while. Then it is definitely time to make an appointment to get an aromatherapy massage. It is truly just the right remedy for you, or a loved one, or maybe you both need one. It will definitely refresh and relax you, and make you feel like a brand new person!

A Little Personal Advice For After a Aromatherapy Massage

One thing that I have learned is after an aroma therapy massage is to drink a lot of water. The reason behind this is to prevent lactic acid from building up in your system and muscles and causing you to cramp. A second helpful tip is to take a shower right after the massage and lie down, turn off your phone, computers, meditate, or sleep for a while to really enjoy its relaxing qualities. I almost always get my massages on a day off in the afternoon time. Enjoy and treat yourself!

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    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      2 years ago from Oregon

      Thank You Lady E for your nice comment. Yes indeed aromatherapy massage is a huge stress reliever and really helps one to to relax and live in that amazing present moment. It really is a heavenly experience while here on earth. A very experienced masseuse is the one that trained me to drink lots water after a massage and it really does work. I do not cramp up and feel dehydrated any more, so that is a great thing. essentials oils are great to smell and breathe in and a lot of asthmatics swear by how they open up their airways and make them feel free to breathe normal again. Thank You again and I am glad you enjoyed reading this hub.

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      Elena 

      2 years ago from London, UK

      It's such a natural stress remedy. I enjoyed reading and thanks for the tip about drinking lots of water afterwards. I hardly have massages but always use essential oils in burners at home. Lavender and sometimes Lemon.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Monia for having my back on this topic of aroma therapy massage. I second that fact about everyone needing to get one. They are so nice and really makes your entire body feel better and detoxify.

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      monia ben saad 

      3 years ago from In my Dream

      massage techniques , such as aromtherapy is one of the best new methods that really relaxes a person , i really suggeste everyone to try it !

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Denise you are so right about massages being stress reducers. Also, I would highly recommend getting a Ho medics intensity hand operated massage machine. These are small hand held electric massage machines that have rollers on them and are electric. You can use them all over your body where any pain is at, but do not put the roller on any of your bones or it hurts. They are not as good as going to a masseuse, but you can extend the handle and get to your own lower back and do your legs etc. I usually only use it for about 30 minutes at a time. Thank you for the nice compliments and for sharing your experience with getting massages.

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      Denise Handlon 

      3 years ago from North Carolina

      I agree: Stellar Hub. I enjoyed the information here, very much. I get a massage on a regular basis to reduce stressed muscles. But, when I cannot do that, I will give myself a mini massage through my hands and feet-that in itself is relaxing! I also carry a small tube of lavender oil with me and 'sniff' it when I feel highly stressed It relaxes and calms me. Nice job!

      UP/U/A / I Keep up the interesting writing. :)

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Cynthia for your nice words. Your comments always motivate me to do another hub. Lavender is a really nice and soothing essential oil. The best part is there are 90 plus essential oils to pick from and believe me these masseuses really know how to use them.

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      Cynthia Hoover 

      3 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Stellar hub Matt! I love essential oils, never used them for massage therapy though! I could see lavender being great in this application, it is such a soothing and relaxing scent! Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome! I look forward to reading more from you in the future!

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