A massage with the addition of essential oils have been performed for centuries.
For good reason too, according to healthqas,massages aid in de-stressing, relaxation and provide a great form of physical and emotional therapy and massages are enhanced by adding essential oils.
Essential oils have the ability to add a lot to a massage as oils can assist in more deeply relaxing the muscles, to clear up the spirit and to provide an uplifting, relaxing and over all calming massage. .
With sence of smell being as strong as it is – think about it, the smell of the kitchen and a great meal being prepared or the smell of coffee when you walk into your favorite coffee shop (Starbucks?, Dietrich’s?, etc.) , or the smell of freshly cut flowers, and so many other smell, all make us feel so good, and this is the same essential oils.
Essential oils come in divided into high, low and base notes – as in the perfume world – there are the heavier deeper smells, which linger and the higher notes that have a more uplifting immediate effect – citrus oils for example are very bright, cheery and uplifting. When feeling a little down or depressed try having a massage with some Melissa in the blend, or perhaps some Mandarin and you will feel as though that cloud that’s been following you around all day has lifted, or is certainly not as heavy as it was.
The essential oils, when used in massage, can help to eliminate toxins, improve the skin, improve circulation, and effectively give you a work out without you having to do anything – other than lie down and relax (let the therapist do all the work!)
Some oils such as black pepper and marjoram, will help with muscle tension and help release those tight shoulder muscles after a day in front of that computer.
Others, such as rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, can help to boost the sex drive, whilst others can help boost the immune system – such as tea tree, and others that help to detox – such as juniper.
The trick is to find the essential oil you want to use:
Black pepper or marjoram both are warming, circulation and good for relief of muccle tension.
Lavender is helpful with headaches, wounds and bruises..
Rose is mildly sedative and premenstrual tension/pain, symptoms of menopause andreduced libido. Do not use if pregnant.
Rosemary is mild stimulant and is good whenr physically fatigued and also helps with rheumatic aches and pains.
Jasmine and Sandlewood are thought by many to be aphrodisiacs.
Neroli is some what warming, improves circulation, helps with premenstrual tension and pain, and with backaches.
Eucalyptus has a strong mind clearing smell and is very good for muscular aches and pains and rheumatic conditions.
And when you have the time to go online, or into your local health food store, see what other essential oils interests you.
Once you have choosen the essential oil or the combination of oil you want to use you need to select a carrier oil to add the oil to.
What are carrier oils, they are the oils that carry the essential oil. There are a wide variety available and the best ones for massages include:
Almond Oil – easily absorbed by the skin, is very smooth and is beneficial for your hair, as well as dry skin and brittle nails
Apricot kernel Oil – a light oil that is particularly good for use on the face if the skin is dry or aging
Avocado Oil – heavy and nutrient rich, good for dry, sensitive skin
Evening Primrose Oil – helpful for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, does not have a long shelf life
Grapeseed Oil – light weight and good for oily skin
Hazelnut Oil – penetrates the skin very easily and is deeply nourishing
Jojoba Oil – light weight and rich in vitamins, used in shampoos and treats dandruff and dry scalp
Peach Kernel Oil – light, contains vitamins A & E, very good for the face
Soya Oil – easily absorbed, rich in vitamin E
Have you made an appointment for a massage yet?!