One of the most popular ways to use aromatherapy is through a massage. The essential oils are added to a carrier oil to dilute the mixture and are then massaged into the skin. An aromatherapy massage usually lasts between one hour and 90 minutes. This will be tailored to suit your specific requirements. Aromatherapy massages are incredibly relaxing. They give you the opportunity to reap the benefits of both aromatherapy and massage.
- Can help to lift mood (physical touch boosts our happy hormones, you should leave feeling uplifted).
- Promotes relaxation, reducing stress and improving your sense of well-being.
- Reduces nervous tension (our bodies hold a lot of psychological tension, so releasing this can be helpful).
- Stimulates the body’s immune system, protecting itself from illness.
- Eases muscle tension (making you feel more relaxed and soothing aching muscles).
- Encourages lymphatic drainage, helping to reduce fluid and toxin build-up.
- Boosts circulation (helping blood and oxygen circulate the body to promote healing).
What to expect
If you are considering trying aromatherapy, it is recommended that you get in touch with a qualified aromatherapist.
During the initial consultation, the aromatherapist will get to know you. It is common for them to ask you about your lifestyle. They will ask about your general health and well-being, your medical history and the reason for which you are considering aromatherapy. Once you have discussed the reasons and your desired outcome, the aromatherapist will suggest a treatment plan.
The personalised treatment plan will likely include at-home treatments and aromatherapy massage sessions. On average, a full series of treatments include around 10 sessions, though you may only need one. Each individual is different and the duration of the course will depend on your circumstances.
If you are suffering from an illness, you may be required to consult your GP before any sessions. This is because aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. It is designed to work in harmony with any other treatments you may be receiving.
The aromatherapist will discuss the available oils and the properties they hold. Together you will choose the essential oils that will be most effective in managing your symptoms.
Is it safe?
Provided they are used correctly, essential oils are safe to use. The oils should never be swallowed or massaged into broken skin. If you suffer irritation, please contact your GP. Some people may suffer an allergic reaction. Be sure to tell the aromatherapist if you suffer from any allergies or are prone to skin sensitivity so they can take necessary precautions.
Elderly people, children and pregnant women are advised to seek medical advice before trying aromatherapy. There are also some instances where the oils may interfere with prescribed medication. Do inform your aromatherapist of any medications you are taking during the initial consultation.