Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage is a popular item on a spa’s menu in this therapy using massage oil or lotion that contains essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils)

During an aromatherapy massage, you inhale these essential oil molecules or absorb them through your skin. They are thought to promote beneficial changes in your mind and body by affecting the limbic system, a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system.

Use of therapeutic essential oils in massage is being explored for the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Dementia symptoms
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual pain

Each essential oil used in aromatherapy is said to have different properties. For example, some calm and make you feel relaxed while others energize.

Since aromatherapy massage techniques are often the same as those used in Swedish massage (the most common type of massage in the US), people often get it for sore back, neck, and/or shoulder muscles or to ease stress.

Aromatherapy massage appears to reduce the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps, a 2015 study from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology suggests.

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