Many people underestimate the benefits of complimentary therapies and the difference they can make to your general well-being. One such therapy is that of Aromatherapy Massage. An Aromatherapy massage can mark a great start to a relaxing getaway and there are many amazing spas and hotels to choose from that offer a quality spa experience. It can also be beneficial for those with long term ailments as a regular treatment programme.
What happens during an Aromatherapy massage? The essential oils are added to a base oil, which dilutes the mixture and is then massaged into the skin. An aromatherapy massage generally lasts between one hour and 90 minutes, but really can be as long as you wish! Most reputable spas will adapt your massage to meet your specific requirements. Aromatherapy massages are great for relaxing. They give you the chance to reap the benefits of both aromatherapy and massage.
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Most of the essential oils used in a spa massage will contain anti-inflammatory properties. These are often applied to the skin to relieve and aches and pains and to fight off infections.
Another way aromatherapy massage is used is through inhalation of the oils during the massage. Our sense of smell is linked to our brain and this is why we react in different ways to various scents.
When the brain receives a scent, it sets off a response within in the body. You may start to feel invigorated, relaxed, or even hungry! The receptors in our nose can also recognise familiar smells and associate them with a memory. This is why certain scents can make you feel change your mood, making you feel happy or sad.
Research has shown that Aromatherapy treatments can aid with both psychological and physical ailments such as;
• It can uplift you emotionally. Physical touch boosts our happy hormones; you should leave feeling on top-form!
• Dramatically reduces any nervous tension in our bodies.
• Encourages relaxation, reduces your stress levels and improves your general well-being.
• Sooths aching muscles and reduces tension, which makes you feel more chilled and de-stressed.
• Improves circulation (helping blood and oxygen circulate the body to encourage the healing process..
• Boosts the body’s immunity and, protects itself from ailments.
• Promotes lymphatic drainage which aids to reduce any build-up of fluid and toxins.
Which essential oils to request?
Different essential oils are used in reputable spas and generally you should be given a choice of oil dependant on what benefit your hope to receive from the massage. Here are a few regularly used essential oils and their benefits;
Ylang Ylang – has calming properties and is beneficial for all skin types.
Jasmine – an anti-depressant. This oil can also help with stress and fatigue.
Eucalyptus – helps to decongest and stimulates.
Lavender – relaxes the body and mind, reduces stress and provides a good nights’ sleep.
Lemongrass – relieves pain and reduces anxiety levels.
Chamomile – has calming benefits and is effective as a mood booster. Also relieves stress.
So, if it’s a long time since you’ve had a relaxing break away and you feel like you need to rejuvenate yourself and charge some drained batteries, why not think about booking yourself a relaxing holiday or short getaway and start it off by treating yourself with an Aromatherapy massage?