Here's another fun article from Body Sense Magazine, Spring 2017.
My favorite use for essential oils is in our Raindrop Treatment. The Raindrop Treatment is incredibly effective in minimizing the severity of a cold or flu when done at the first signs of a sore throat, cough or runny nose. This treatment also speeds the recovery of your cold or flu if you don't make it in right away.
Even if you're not sick, the Raindrop Treatment is a delightfully relaxing detox session.
From the Greeks and Romans to today’s modern massage therapist, aromatherapy has long been a tradition in the healing arts. Have you ever had an aromatherapy massage? Has your massage therapist ever invited you to smell certain essential oils during your session or incorporated them into the massage itself? If so, then you are aware of the extra benefits that can be enjoyed with the seemingly simple, but biologically complex add-on that aromatherapy offers to your session.
WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils (extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods, and roots) in body and skin care treatments. Used as a healing technique for thousands of years, essential oils aid in relaxation, improve circulation, and assist the healing of wounds. It’s common for aromatherapy diffusers to fill a massage
room with the scent of the oils. Specific essential oils are also blended by the aromatherapist and added to carrier oils, such as almond oil, to be used during massage. Each essential oil has its own unique characteristics and benefits.
4 ESSENTIAL OILS TO CONSIDER
Some essential oils serve different purposes, like providing energy, so be sure to check with your practitioner and health-care provider before self-applying at home or incorporating any of these into your next massage. Here are four essential oils that work great with massage.
1. Eucalyptus Oil
This oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that make it one of the best ways to help your aching muscles—and it’s easily absorbed by the skin. It works well on rheumatism, sprained ligaments and tendons, and stiff muscles. The aroma of eucalyptus oil is strong, so make sure you like its powerful odor before using it more generously during your massage.
2. Peppermint Oil
Due to its warming properties, this oil is perfect to use on your sore muscles. Its warmth helps your blood circulate better, which assists in the elimination of muscular pain. It also aids in mental clarity, and, when applied to the temples and forehead, can relieve headache pain.
3. Rosemary Oil
Rosemary oil has a refreshing fragrance that can help address muscular pain. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice to help with arthritis and rheumatism, and is helpful for athletes when administered pre-event.
4. Lavender Oil
This great post-workout oil is one of the best remedies for muscle aches, and it’s great for sensitive skin as well. Lavender’s analgesic properties make it extremely effective in soothing low-back pain, strains and sprains, and menstrual cramps. While essential oils have many healing properties, remember they may also cause allergic skin reactions for some users. It’s important for your therapist to know about any allergies you may have, and whether you’re sensitive to strong scents, before using this healthcare approach. These oils offer only a small picture of the many great benefits of aromatherapy. Try various essential oils at home and during your next massage, and see where this aromatic journey takes you next.
Balance Healing Center Staff
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