The manipulation of the soft tissue of the human body is what we refer to as massage therapy, but in the case of aromatherapy, essential oils are added to enhance the massage experience.
If you want the treatment to be more sensory penetrating and powerful, then try aromatherapy massage.
After an hour or two of indulgence, you will be feeling fully relaxed and released from tension. This is one of the best antidotes to the stresses people get in modern life.
The therapist applies alternating softer and harder strokes while gently rubbing a mixture of essential oils on the skin. Before use, the oils are diluted, and during massage, they are applied together with lotion.
The body does not only benefit from direct skin contact with oils, but also through the nose as the point of entry, as clients eventually breathe essential oil.
In some cases, the procedure requires inhalation of oils using a diffuser, a method that transmits stronger amounts of oils compared to mild exposure via massage.
Ways to Use Essential Oils
Whether using massage or other ways of application, avoid getting yourself harmed.
You can use aromatherapy keychains, bracelets or necklaces. They are made of absorbent materials which will allow you to apply the essential oil on them and from that you can inhale the scent while wearing these accessories.
Keep the essential oil mixture low in concentration as you might be inhaling the scent all the time and hurt your nasal mucous membrane in the long run.
With the massage method, the danger is the possibility of you stinging your skin. Be reminded that pure essential oils usually come with strong concentration and thus, can even burn your skin on direct contact.
To avoid this, make sure to use a carrier oil and also pick the right carrier to blend with the oil.
Essential oil inhaler
This comes with a stick with a wick on the top that is capable of absorbing essential oils, but contrary to the accessory types, the wick has a cover that prevents the scent from leaking out when not in use.
The main problem with sticks is that some people forget that, because of the covering, the smell can come out strong and cause burning reaction to the sensitive parts of the nose.
Here’s a list of commonly problematic oils that when people use cause allergic reactions or stinging sensations in them:
Cinnamon bark oil
Best Essential Oils for Certain Conditions
Here’s what recommended to match some conditions:
Chamomile and lavender oil – Restful sleep, stress reduction and mind-calming effect
Grapefruit and lemongrass – These are uplifting oils, so they are good for depressed mood.
Rosemary and orange – These oils can be used if you feel less energetic than usual.
Sandalwood and ylang-ylang – These are perfect oils for relieving stress at the end of the day.
Essential oils for aromatherapy massage have different effects on different people, so it might be that you need to try several types first before getting the best one to bring the desired results.