The rejuvenating and relaxing effects associated with aromatherapy massage have long been embraced by beauty salons and health spas. Aromatherapy massage treatments involve the therapeutic application of essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils), in a variety of ways, including skin absorption and inhalation. From aromatic candles, and baths, to massages, facials and wraps aromatherapy massage compliments any beauty treatment by encouraging your nerves and muscles to relax, and to provide a natural pick me up.
Plant oils are particularly helpful in the pursuit of emotional and mental well-being. When you inhale essential oils, the limbic system, (the part of the brain that controls emotions), is triggered. For example, mothers who visit a salon or spa for an aromatherapy facial soon after giving birth will often experience decreased post-partum blues and anxiety.
After an initial consultation, an therapist will select and mix one or two essential oils based on your needs. There are hundreds of essential oils, each with its own healing properties. A few examples are:
Calming : chamomile, lavender, and geranium
Uplifting : ylang ylang, rose, peppermint
Energizing : rosemary
At home treatments are simple :
- Put two drops each of chamomile, sandalwood, and bergamot on a handkerchief
- Hold handkerchief up to nose. Breathe deeply in through nose, and out through the mouth for a few minutes.
- Feel the relaxing effects.
Place a drop of diluted peppermint oil on your temples. Peppermint oil is a mental stimulant and will effectively fight fatigue. Tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic, is thought to be effective in the treatment of acne and other minor skin irritations.
Essential oils are very powerful and should never be ingested unless under the guidance of a professional. Pregnant mothers and those taking any kind of medication should ALWAYS consult their GP before using aromatherapy oils. Concentrated oils should always be diluted before being placed directly on the skin.