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What is Aromatherapy Massage?
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy where highly concentrated plant oils, called essential oils, are added to the massage oil or lotion.

How does aromatherapy massage work?
The aromas from the massage oils stimulate the brain in ways which affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system. Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.

Here are some widely used essential oils and their properties:

  • Calming – chamomile, lavender, geranium
  • Uplifting – ylang ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli
  • Energizing – rosemary
  • Cleansing – rosemary
  • Decongesting – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree

Why do people get aromatherapy massage?
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to providing relief from emotional stress and its resulting conditions.
These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Insomnia
  • Muscular tension
  • Post-partum blues
  • Anxiety

What can I expect during an aromatherapy massage?
One or more essential oils will be selected based on what you need, and are mixed in with the massage oil or lotion. The subtle aroma of the essential oils infuse the air around you, enhancing the massage’s affect. After the massage, the massage therapist might suggest a blend that you can use at home in between massage treatments.

Precautions
Massage, and, in particular, aromatherapy massage is not recommended for certain people:

  • Aromatherapy massage is not recommended if you have an infectious skin disease, a rash, or open wounds. The essential oils might cause irritation.
  • Some aromatherapy oils can cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to the source of the fragrance. For instance, a person who is allergic to rosemary could have an allergic reaction to rosemary massage oil. If you know that you have an allergy to any of the fragrances in any of the oils your massage therapist suggests, please let him or her know before application of the oil is attempted.
  • Massage is not recommended immediately after surgery.
  • Massage should be avoided immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor.
  • Massage is not recommended if you are prone to blood clots since there is a risk of blood clots being dislodged.
  • If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage.
  • Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massages for pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
  • Massage should not be performed directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, an abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

Additional Tips
There are a few things that you can do to help ensure the effectiveness of any kind of massage therapy.

  • One, simple, and often overlooked step you can take is to avoid eating a heavy meal before the massage. You should not arrive for your massage therapy hungry, but you should not feel overly full, either.
  • Also, if it’s your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.


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