Aromatherapy, as the name suggests, means treating the body using scents. Throw in massage to that and you have a healing treatment that stimulates the senses – touch, smell and even sight and hearing (when the setting is right and you have added mood lighting and relaxing music). With this modality, essential oils are used to massage so as to heal and promote wellness. Aromatherapy has been proven to improve one’s health, cognitive function and mood. An important aspect of the aromatherapy massage is the oils that are used. These essential oils can heal, kill bacteria, cure skin problems, invigorate the senses and relieve pain.
This is a holistic treatment program that lets you enjoy the smell of essential oils such as peppermint, lavender, rose and lemon. Drops of these oils are applied and rubbed into the skin, added to the bath water, or “burned” in such a way that it fills the entire room. As you inhale these pleasant scents, your nervous system and brain are stimulated and rejuvenated.
The oils used for aromatherapy massage are actually taken from botanical materials – flowers, trees, fruits, leaves, bark, etc. There are around 150 of these oils and these can be used by themselves or blended with other oils. Eucalyptus, bergamot, basil, jasmine, sandalwood and ylang ylang are just some of these. It is important that these oils are all-natural, oils that are synthetic will not be as effective. These essential oils contain chemical components such as ketones, esters, alcohols, terpenes and aldehydes that have health benefits to the body.