One aromatherapy technique consists of massaging essential oils into the skin. You will reap tremendous therapeutic benefits from this kind of massage — and you are in for a real treat if you have never had a massage.
These aromatherapy massages are absolutely great. I highly recommend it to anyone: treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage. Being relaxed and rejuvenated after an aromatherapy massage, you will feel like a new person!
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your aromatherapy message session:
Massaging areas of your body yourself is not going to give you the relaxing experience that you would get from letting someone else give you the massage.
Massaging areas of your own body — such as your feet and temples — will give you some benefit if you are not able to get a professional massage, but to get the full benefits let the professional do it for you. Sure, you can enlist the help of a close friend or family member, but the professionals know better what they are doing.
The environment and the professional you choose are both important to achieve maximum benefits. The area should be quiet, with natural noises like bubbling brooks, waves on the beach, a gentle rain or similar soothing sounds, along with a darkened environment to have the best experience. And pre-recorded sounds work just fine.
Lying on a firm, comfortable surface provides the best benefits. Be sure you are warm. You want to be partially covered with a soft luxurious towel. You can opt to not have anything covering you if you are comfortable with that, but be sure to have a towel handy in any case. A massage will naturally cause a relaxed state and lower your metabolic rate, thus lowering your body temperature.
Generally, essential oils are used for your aromatherapy massage. These essential oils are extracted from plants and are very effective when used in conjunction with carrier oils or hydrosols.
Some essential oils used in an aromatherapy massage are too strong to be applied undiluted and could cause irritation if not mixed with other substances. Also, the expense of some essential oils makes it too costly to use in the undiluted form, so they are mixed with carrier oils.
The benefits derived are the main reason some oils are used rather than other oils.
For soothing sore muscles, use peppermint. Lavender is excellent for relaxing.
For an aromatherapy massage, good carrier oils are: apricot kernel, sweet almond, and grapeseed.
To massage the entire body you will need one to two ounces of carrier oil, as a general rule. Mineral oil is not recommended for use in aromatherapy massage.
To give an aromatherapy massage [http://www.aromatherapy-benefits.info/Aromatherapy-Massage-Uses.html] you will want to first warm the oil, so just pour a small amount into your hand and hold it a few seconds.
Use long strokes and mix in large and small circular motions while rubbing the oil into the skin. You will want to vary the speed and motion of the aromatherapy massage for maximum effect. If you experience a drag while administering the massage, you need to apply more oil.
Some Aromatherapy Massage Oil Recipes for Relaxation:
When using Lavender essential oils – Mix 4 drops for every tablespoon of carrier oil;
When using Petitgrain essential oils – Mix 1 drop for every tablespoon of carrier oil;
When using Frankincense essential oils – Mix 1 drop for every tablespoon of carrier oil.
Ok, are you convinced? Are you ready to get your first aromatherapy massage? I hope that you can enjoy that special experience for yourself.