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Use Aromatherapy Massage For A Soothing Rubdown

by Jack Brooks - www.aromatherapypro.com

A good rubdown is both physically and psychologically valuable for the body. Trained massage therapists usually get hundreds of hours of instruction prior to working on people and these therapists often work with essential oils, such as this often-used blend that is diluted and blended in the following proportions:

  • 1 ounce carrier oil (such as Sweet Almond)
  • 15-30 drops essential oils.
lady on table having a massage Aromatherapy massage is a specific type of healing whereby massage therapists merge essential oils with massage. It has been clinically confirmed to decrease stress-related problems, arthritis, back and neck problems, musculoskeletal pains, headaches, sinus and other upper respiratory problems, and skin disorders, and it is a complement to conventional medicine. 

You, too, can use an aromatic oil blend for yourself or to massage another. They’re readily available at Health Food Stores and also online from numerous essential oil suppliers. Firstly, a little background:

The foundations of aromatherapy date back thousands of years, although the term was not used until the 20th century. The Chinese may have been one of the earliest civilizations to use fragrant plants for well-being. The Egyptians later invented a simple refining machine that permitted the basic removal of cedar wood oil. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, myrrh, and cedar-wood oils were used by the Egyptians to preserve the dead. 

The word “aromatherapy” was first used in the 1920s by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé, who dedicated his life to studying the curative properties of essential oils following a fortunate mishap in his perfume laboratory. The major branches of aromatherapy include:

  • Home aromatherapy – This denotes the “user-friendly” techniques you can use at home.

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  • Clinical aromatherapy- These are the more advanced and complex procedures used by massage professionals who have additional training in Aromatherapy.

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  • Aromachology –This is the actual science that studies the effects of fragrances on the human body and mind.
Be aware that essential oils, when used for massage, can have many different effects on the body, mind and spirit, because of the infinite number of natural phytochemicals created by the plants. They can be calming or invigorating. Anxiety, sleeplessness, menstrual troubles, menopausal symptoms, digestive problems, hypertension, muscle spasm, joint stiffness, low energy and tiredness are all chronic conditions that respond well to aromatherapy massage. cartoon animal on massage table

Stress is the response that your body has to all the demands placed on it daily. Research shows that aromatherapy massage can be effective care for a wide variety of illnesses, injuries and conditions, particularly for stress. Your aromatherapy self-massage or administering it to another can supply significant benefits if a massage therapist is not available; however, be aware of some safety measures concerning aromatherapy massage:

  • Do not have a massage directly following a meal or if you are feeling ill or exhausted.

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  • Massage should not be done over any areas of skin infection, rashes, cuts, sores, burns or varicose veins.

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  • Obtain your aromatherapy massage essential oils in preblended form; some essences are very powerful in their “raw” form - blending these is best left to an aromatherapy professional.

Massage is derived from our primal instincts. It is innate in human nature to use our touch to heal and soothe ourselves and others. The essential oils used in aromatherapy massage give a complete holistic approach by calming the mind as the skin soaks up the oils, which takes about two hours after the massage for the body’s tissue/cells to derive the majority of the physical benefit. So, give the gift of aromatherapy massage freely, either to yourself or another.

More useful information on aromatherapy and aromatherapy diffusers.


 

 

 

 

 

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