Essential Oils' Role in Therapeutic Massage_

Essential Oils’ Role in Therapeutic Massage

by Aquarius Wellness | Jul 11, 2022 | , | 0 Comments

At Aquarius Wellness Center for Healing Arts, our massage therapy suites are truly sacred spaces, hence our branding tagline, ‘Sanctuary for the Senses’! Infused with serenity and healing energy, every detail is meticulously curated by our expert massage therapists as they guide your body, mind, and spirit through a session of invigorating restoration. From lighting, to sound, to scent, and last but certainly not least, to touch, the tools in their chest are practically limitless in their ability to conjure feelings of bliss and oneness.

One such important tool is the use of essential oils, known and employed in the healing art of aromatherapy massage for hundreds, if not thousands of years to induce states of peaceful tranquility encompassing ones entire being. When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and especially impact the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain. The calm-inducing effects of these essential oils provide a deeper level of relaxation than traditional massage alone!

Furthermore, they are known to have particular benefits when absorbed through the skin. For example, among the health benefits of lavender oil are increases in quality relaxation even during a massage. Other essential oils can assist with improving sleep and mood, help to maintain a healthy complexion, and even improve respiratory conditions.

What Exactly is Aromatherapy Massage?

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This is actually a loaded question as there are a number of types and styles of therapeutic massage available. In short however, massage therapy is any kind of massage performed by a licensed professional using pressure techniques on the muscles with the intention of reducing pain, stress, and tension.

This can include an aromatherapy massage that offers the additional benefits of essential oils to relax muscles and quiet a busy mind with their soothing scents. The benefits of massage therapy are immense and varied. According to the Cleveland Clinic, massage therapy can help people with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, improve blood circulation, boost the immune system, and reduce general stress and tension.

Which Oils Are Used in Aromatherapy Massage?

If you’re wondering how essential oils are used in aromatherapy massage, it’s most important to understand which oils are the most common and which benefits they impart. Each type of essential oil has specific uses, and which one may be right for your situation is worth considering when speaking to a professional at Aquarius Wellness. Essential oils can even be combined with synergistic effects offering different levels of relief that may not be possible with one essential oil alone.

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  • Eucalyptus and Peppermint – As extracts from the Eucalyptus and Peppermint leaves, this particular essential oil blend is known for its ability to open the sinuses and facilitate ease in respiration. A study on PubMed even claims to have found this combination improved cognitive performance while still producing a relaxing effect. Stimulate your senses with an enveloping whirlpool of minty awakening as you slip into soothing pleasure.
  • Orange and Lemongrass – Another popular blend here at Aquarius Wellness, orange and lemongrass essential oil is sometimes used in our aromatherapy massage to uplift the mind, body, and spirit. Like gently awakening on a warm spring morning, this citrus and lemongrass blend awakens your soul like being lifted on a cloud. The antioxidant and antibacterial properties will also revitalize your skin and can assist with digestive issues.
  • Frankincense – Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, we often use the woody aromas of frankincense to introduce you to new levels of comfort, softly lulling you into otherworldly ecstasy. Additionally, frankincense is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help soothe the symptoms of arthritis.
  • Lavender – Among the most popular of essential oils is lavender as it enhances many of the benefits of massage therapy. It’s noteworthy for being an adaptable essential oil in that it can soften and relieve tense muscles while also being mixed with other essential oils in ways that enliven the aromatherapy massage experience. Among the many health benefits of lavender oil are its ability to promote sleep and aid in deep relaxation.

The massage therapists at Aquarius Wellness carefully balance your needs and requirements with the qualities of the essential oils in their toolkit. Weighing the options regarding how essential oils are used is a vital first step in providing next-level, total care to our clients and one we don’t take lightly.

Every client is unique and has individual goals from aromatherapy massage. Call us today for a consultation and discuss the options available to you. Essential oils will likely play an essential role in our recommendations.

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Final Thoughts

At Aquarius Wellness Center for Healing Arts, the use of essential oils in therapeutic massage is a fundamental part of our exclusive aromatherapy massage treatments.

In today’s modern world, with its constant push to bigger, better, and faster, taking a moment to focus on yourself and decompress not only brings your body back into balance, but also your mind and spirit!

Stress has a way of growing in small increments that may seem manageable day to day but has cumulative deleterious effects on our quality of life, so it’s vital to remember not to ignore your own needs for a periodic reset of the internal stress meter before it reaches the ‘Danger’ level! Our highly skilled massage therapists will escort you from the chaos of the outside world to a Sanctuary for the Senses unparalleled in the St. Louis area. You are guaranteed to leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed, walking out as a new person after having pressed the ‘Reset’ button!

What are you waiting for? Why not book an appointment today and begin your journey to wellness, and the best version of you, at Aquarius Wellness Center for Healing Arts!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re always happy to help, or if you’d like to book online now you may do that here!

As always, our wish for all of you, as stated in our mantra at Aquarius, is to:

Be Calm
Be Serene
Be Restored

In Wellness,

The Aquarius Team

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