The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage
Like massage, Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years.
Aromatherapy is simply the aromatic genius of plants and flowers distilled
into an organic substance. These aromatic molecules interact with our beliefs
and memories and our very tissues to promote balance and the ability to
thrive. The combination of massage and aromatherapy expands the healing value
of each and invites well being.
The "aroma" benefits
Essential oils can alleviate various systems of chronic stress ranging
from insomnia to migraines. The magic of oils is that they can affect the
whole person: their physical systems, attitude, and mood. These are just a few examples of the benefits of Aromatherapy. Melissa has
several scent and herbal tonics available for sessions and aftercare.
- Initiates deeper breathing and relaxation response. Extremely soothing
anti-inflammatory, Psoriasis, eczema and all things associated with the nervous system and
depressive states. (LAVENDER, CHAMOMILE)
- Improves posture and joint flexibility (CLOVE)
- Strengthens your immune system (GERANIUM)
- Brings a healthier glow to your skin (TEA TREE, ROSE WATER)
- Increases circulation and lymph drainage (GINGER)
- Stimulates more efficient cell metabolism (THYME)
- Heightens whole body awareness Physical and mental stimulant, muscular
conditions, flue, depression.
- Balances, clears, and focuses your attitudes and feelings (SAGE)
- Frees energy flow through the body/mind (ORANGE)
- Strengthens your sense of connection to nature (PATCHOULI)
- Soothes sore muscles. Chest problems, colic, cools body in summer and
protects in winter. (EUCALYPTUS, WINTERGREEN)
Varicose veins, skin irritations, fatigue. (PEPPERMINT)
Antivirus, antibacterial and anti-fungal - great for infections, sunburn,
acne. (TEA TREE)
Promotes Harmony and Positive thoughts. (PEACH)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (MARJORAM)
Aromatherapy Massage Confers Health Benefits
Massage that includes the application of fragrant essential oils reduces anxiety and stress and is beneficial to the immune system, according to recent research.
Immunological and Psychological Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage was conducted by staff at the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine.
The study group comprised eleven volunteers who were healthy and did not take any daily medication. Baselines were established using psychological assessments, blood and saliva samples, and palmar Galvanic skin response (GSR), finger skin temperature and finger plethysmogram amplitude using a biofeedback system.
Subjects were then placed in reclining seats and allowed to rest. Then they performed a serial subtraction task, and rested again while experimenters monitored their physiological response.
After that, the subjects took a foot bath with one drop of tea tree oil and received an aromatherapy massage or control massage. Psychological and physiological conditions were then measured again.
All subjects received both an aromatherapy massage and a carrier oil control massage at an interval of at least 2 weeks. The first five subjects received the aromatherapy massage before the carrier oil massage. The other six subjects received the carrier oil massage first.
Each subject received the same massage with or without essential oils by the same skilled therapist. For the aromatherapy massage, sweet almond, lavender, sweet marjoram and cypress oils were used. For the control massage, only sweet almond oil was used.
Psychological responses to treatment were assessed in State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) results. State anxiety scores from the STAI were significantly reduced after both aromatherapy massage and control massage compared with the baseline. Though both STAI and SDS showed a significant reduction after treatment with aromatherapy and carrier massage, no difference between the aromatherapy and control massage was observed for STAI and SDS.
Peripheral blood cell counts were compared.
Aromatherapy, in contrast to control massage, did not significantly reduce red blood cell count or hematocrit. However, aromatherapy massage showed a significant increase in peripheral blood lymphocytes.
The study's authors state, These results suggest that aromatherapy massage is a valuable relaxation technique for reducing anxiety and stress, and beneficial to the immune system.