Stress is a natural factor of life, but if it is allowed to build up, it can have adverse effects on the body and mind. Aromatherapy massage is an excellent antidote to mental anxiety and stress. According to The American Massage Therapy Association(AMTA), massage not only relaxes your body, but also has proven psychological benefits.
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component. The massage therapist can select essential oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, or balancing. One of the most common essential oils, used in aromatherapy massage, is lavender.
“Aromatherapy massage is greatly beneficial to people who need mental stress relief,” according to Sandra Pierce, massage therapist at Massage Envy Spa-Boca Park. “The essential oils immediately hit the limbic system and are absorbed into the blood stream, through your skin,” Pierce says. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and 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
Massage Envy Spa-LV offers a customized aromatherapy massage. There are four unique blends including: Aches & Pains, Anxiety Release, Lavender Garden or Mint & Rosemary.
The American Massage Therapy Association(AMTA) recommends against aromatherapy massage:
- if you have infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
- immediately after surgery
- immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
- if you are prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
- Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
- massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
In addition to the pleasurable benefits of massage, there is vast research to support that massage therapy is an important component of a wellness program. Think about your individual wellness as a state of physical, mental and spiritual well-being that is unique to you!
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