Aromatherapy is all about the therapeutic uses of essential oils containing highly aromatic natural substances. Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils to make you feel relaxed, energised or calm. The oils or massage lotions work with your sense of smell, and hence aromatherapy can work wonders as they influence the brain and the limbic system, thereby regulating emotions and affecting the nervous system and hormones.
Actually essential oils penetrate the body in three ways and apart from being massaged with the effective aromatic products, you can inhale them or bathe in them. When you inhale the fragrances, you can feel the positive changes in your breathing, stress level, blood pressure, memory, immune system, heart rate and digestion.
Different Ways of Using Aromatherapy:
With the latest advancement in contemporary uses of natural therapy, essential oils can be used in several treatments such as steam rooms, full-body massage, head massage, reiki, reflexology, facials and many more. Each type of essential oil is rich in different properties as for example; rosemary is best applied for energizing and cleansing effect, whereas tea tree, pine and eucalyptus have decongesting effects.
The major purpose of undergoing therapeutic massage treatment is to relieve various health conditions like digestive disorders, stress, insomnia, headaches, premenstrual syndrome and back pains. Benefits of aromatherapy massages are also found to be of great help to the mothers by decreasing incidence of anxiety and post-partum blues.
The Positive Effects of Using Essential Oils:
- Softening and protection of the skin
- Relief of pain and irritation
- Enhanced circulation and reduction of fluid build-up and headaches
- Relief of backaches
- Breakdown of mucus
- Improved body detoxification
- Relaxation of the digestive system
- Improved concentration and energy
- Relief of anxiety and stress
- Relaxation of the mind
- Relief from depression
- Enhancement of cell metabolism etc.
Effective massages together with essential oils also heighten body awareness and hence you can feel the mental balance and changed attitudes and feelings to focus better on your everyday life. Enhanced circulation will offer your skin a healthier glow. Aromatherapy brings about better posture and flexibility of the joints.
And to top it all, natural therapies help an individual to connect with nature. In today’s fast paced world, aromatherapy massages and uses of essential oils highly influence the overall physical and mental well-being of a person, thereby helping him lead a sustainable lifestyle.