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Aromatherapy Massage

The benefits of aromatherapy massage

One of the main methods of aromatherapy to relieve physical nuisances and emotional stress is massage.
Various massage techniques in combination with the beneficial properties of essential oils make aromatherapy massage ideal for:

  • pain relief,
  • relaxation of tired and stressed muscles,
  • improvement of blood and lymph circulation,
  • control of blood pressure,
  • relief of painful menstruation,
  • toxin removal,
  • cellulite prevention and/or removal and improvement of skin texture,
  • relief of intestinal and digestive problems,
  • strengthening the immune system,
  • stress and anxiety control,
  • strengthening the nervous system,
  • combating negative feelings and
  • general physical and mental revitalization.

Usually the duration of a aromatherapy massage is approximately one hour. This is the time required for the essential oils to enter the body through the skin, activate the necessary chemical reactions and fianlly be removed through our breath, sweat and/or urine. As Valerie Ann Worwood mentions in her extremely interesting book “The Fragrant Mind”, studies show that after a massage with 2% lavender oil the main constituents – linalol and linalyl acetate – are detected in the blood after just five minutes, they reach their maximum concentration after twenty minutes and after ninety minutes most quantities have been eliminated from the blood.

When you are feeling a nuisance usually two to three aromatherapy massage sessions per week give the maximum results. Everyday massage could not cause a problem, but I believe that a break of 2-3 days between successive sessions allows time to the body to activate and excrete toxic substances without stress. As far as children and elderly are concerned, the duration and frequency of massage should adjust to their particular needs. Usually, more frequent sessions of shorter duration (20-30 minutes) are more suitable for these groups.

Aromatherapy massage has better effects when applied to the whole body. For example, even if only the muscles of one leg feel sore and stressed, massage at the specific leg will cause relief but it can not protect the rest of the body until the problem is totaly solved. It is not evident that in an effort to protect the sore leg the healthy leg will be burdened, as it will carry most of the body weight . This could cause a big burden to the pelvis area, the asymmetry could affect the spine and subsequently lead to numb arms and/or sore neck. Thus, it is important to give our body and soul the care they deserve!
Choosing a masseur is a serious matter. You should trust your body to a trustworthy person with positive energy and touch compatible to your preference .

After an aromatherapy massage you may experience various reactions, such as:

  • intense thirst,
  • more urine, with stronger odor than usually and intense color,
  • intestine activation,
  • gas,
  • sweat with stronger odor than usually,
  • catarrh and mucus,
  • light muscle pain,
  • intense yawning,
  • more energy,
  • talking mood.

The above mentioned reactions are completely normal and indicate that the organism has reacted to the massage, the essential oils have an effect and the detoxification and self healing processes are active. After a massage session it is advisable to drink a glass of water in order to facilitate toxin excretion. You should definitely abstain from smoking and drinking alcohol for at least one day after a massage session!

Aromatherapy massage is applied to children and elderly people it should be gentle and soft, almost like a caress. The dosage of essential oils used for these groups is usually half of the drops given in the recipes. Massage can and should be applied to babies.

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