The Benefits of Adding Aromatherapy into your Massage

As a holistic treatment, aromatherapy can have a profound effect on physical and psychological wellbeing. There exists the belief that scent, as the most enduring of our senses, has the power to transform our emotions, and heal our bodies.

Massage with aromatherapy works because once the essential oils are inhaled through the nostrils, they influence the brain and the limbic system. The limbic system regulates emotions and affects the hormones and nervous system. When a person inhales the essential oils, there are positive changes in his stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, heart rate, immune system, and digestion. There are three ways for essential oils to penetrate the body. The first one is through the lungs during inhalation, the second is into the brain through the nerve endings in the nose, and third is through the skin with the use of massage.

The Essential Oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from plants, herbs and resins to treat a wide variety of conditions. When aromas are detected in the nasal cavity, impressions associated with previous experiences and emotions are created. Combining this with the fact that the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance are also related to the nasal cavity, it is evident that the use of essential oils contributes to and achieves many physiological or psychological effects.

Some common oils and their uses include:

Eucalyptus
for congestion/colds
Frankincense
for calming emotions and rejuvenate skin
Geranium
for menopausal problems & PMS
Lemongrass
for sore or injured muscles
Lavender
for relaxation
Peppermint
for quick energy
Tea Tree
a strong disinfectant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal
Bergamot
for digestive issues
Patchouli
cell rejuvenator and antidepressant.
Ylang Ylang
calming and aphrodisiac.

Green Heart cordially invites you to visit and see for yourself how Aromatherapy can enhance your massage experience!