Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, is the practice of using natural aroma producing oils (essential oils) to promote healing and help fight disease. Essential oils are extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots, and other parts of plants. Each oil has its own healing benefits to enhance psychological and physical well being. The oils are thought to interact with the body’s hormones and enzymes to create change throughout the body.
The healing benefits of essential oils can be received through a couple of different applications. The first method involves the inhalation of the aroma from these oils, which is widely believed to stimulate nerve endings in the nose and thus send nerve impulses to the brain. Depending on the type of oil the result may be stimulating or calming. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they then enter the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.
During an aromatherapy massage treatment you will receive benefits from both inhaling the wonderful aromas and absorbing the oils through your skin. The essential oil of your choice will be mixed with a massage oil or lotion, and is then applied and massaged into the chest, neck, back and feet. Your therapist will be able to help you choose the most therapeutically beneficial essential oil for your personal healing and relaxation.
Essential oils and aromatherapy can be used to help treat a wide range of conditions and aliments. One of the universal uses of essential oils is the promotion of relaxation and the increase in stress reduction. Other physical and mental conditions that can be treated include but are not limited to infection, depression, insomnia, constipation, anxiety, psoriasis and high blood pressure. The potential for healing through essential oils seems nearly endless, and the only way to truly see all the wonders of aromatherapy is to experience the benefits for yourself.
Although aromatherapy is a very safe and mild treatment, there are certain times it should be avoided and/or require doctors consent. Pregnant women, people with severe asthma or chronic lung disease, and people with a history of allergies should only use essential oils with the full knowledge of your physician and under the supervision of a trained professional. When using essential oils at home remember they should NEVER be taken by mouth unless under direct supervision of certain trained professionals.
Essential oils have been used for centuries and the therapeutic benefits can be profound. However, there is limited research into the safety and effectiveness of aromatherapy in people. Documented scientific evidence is lacking, due to lack of research, but don’t let this stop you from experiencing an aromatherapy treatment for yourself. We assure you that at Discover Massage your health and safety is our number one concern, and we would never offer aromatherapy unless we were 100% confident in safety and benefits the treatment offers.