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Use Aromatherapy Massage for a Soothing Rubdown



 


Use
Aromatherapy Massage For A Soothing Rubdown

by
Jack Brooks –
www.aromatherapypro.com

A
good rubdown is both physically and psychologically valuable for the
body. Trained massage therapists usually get hundreds of hours of
instruction prior to working on people and these therapists often work
with essential oils, such as this often-used blend that is diluted and
blended in the following proportions:

  • 1
    ounce carrier oil (such as Sweet Almond)
  • 15-30
    drops essential oils.
lady on table having a massageAromatherapy
massage is a specific type of healing whereby massage therapists merge
essential oils with massage. It has been clinically confirmed to
decrease stress-related problems, arthritis, back and neck problems,
musculoskeletal pains, headaches, sinus and other upper respiratory
problems, and skin disorders, and it is a complement to conventional
medicine. 

You, too, can use an aromatic oil blend for yourself or to
massage another. They’re readily available at Health Food Stores and
also online from numerous essential oil suppliers. Firstly, a little
background:

The
foundations of aromatherapy date back thousands of years, although the
term was not used until the 20th century. The Chinese may have been one
of the earliest civilizations to use fragrant plants for well-being. The
Egyptians later invented a simple refining machine that permitted the
basic removal of cedar wood oil. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, myrrh, and
cedar-wood oils were used by the Egyptians to preserve the dead. 

The
word “aromatherapy” was first used in the 1920s by French chemist
René Maurice Gattefossé, who dedicated his life to studying the
curative properties of essential oils following a fortunate mishap in
his perfume laboratory. The major branches of aromatherapy include:


  • Home aromatherapy

    – This denotes the “user-friendly” techniques you can use at
    home.
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  • Clinical aromatherapy

    These are the more advanced and complex procedures used by massage
    professionals who have additional training in Aromatherapy.
  •  


  • Aromachology

    –This is the actual science that studies the effects of fragrances
    on the human body and mind.
Be
aware that essential
oils, when used for massage, can have many different effects on the
body, mind and spirit, because of the infinite number of natural
phytochemicals created by the plants. They can be calming or
invigorating. Anxiety, sleeplessness, menstrual troubles, menopausal
symptoms, digestive problems, hypertension, muscle spasm, joint
stiffness, low energy and tiredness are all chronic conditions that
respond well to aromatherapy massage.
cartoon animal on massage table

Stress
is the response that your body has to all the demands placed on it
daily. Research shows that aromatherapy massage can be effective care
for a wide variety of illnesses, injuries and conditions, particularly
for stress. Your aromatherapy self-massage or administering it to
another can supply significant benefits if a massage therapist is not
available; however, be aware of some safety measures concerning
aromatherapy massage:

  • Do
    not have a massage directly following a meal or if you are feeling
    ill or exhausted.
  •  

  • Massage
    should not be done over any areas of skin infection, rashes, cuts,
    sores, burns or varicose veins.
  •  

  • Obtain
    your aromatherapy massage essential oils in preblended form; some
    essences are very powerful in their “raw” form – blending these
    is best left to an aromatherapy professional.

Massage
is derived from our primal instincts. It is innate in human nature to
use our touch to heal and soothe ourselves and others. The essential
oils used in aromatherapy massage give a complete holistic approach
by calming the mind as the skin soaks up the oils, which takes about two
hours after the massage for the body’s tissue/cells to derive the
majority of the physical benefit. So, give the gift of aromatherapy
massage freely, either to yourself or another.

More useful information on aromatherapy
and aromatherapy diffusers.