Aromatherapy massage is a specialized type of massage therapy that combines the benefits of massage with the use of essential oils derived from plants. These essential oils are selected for their specific therapeutic properties and are typically chosen to suit the individual’s needs and preferences. The combination of massage and essential oils is intended to provide both physical and psychological benefits.
Here’s how an aromatherapy massage typically works:
Essential Oil Selection: The massage therapist selects essential oils based on the client’s goals and needs. Different essential oils have various therapeutic properties, such as relaxation, stress relief, pain management, or invigoration. If you have no preference I recommend using all eight of the doTERRA essential oils and blends from the AromaTouch sequence:
• Tea Tree
• On Guard
• Deep Blue
• Wild Orange
Dilution: Essential oils are usually diluted in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil to ensure that they can be safely applied to the skin.
Massage Technique: The massage therapist uses various massage techniques to address the client’s specific concerns. Aromatherapy massage can involve a variety of styles, from Swedish to deep tissue or even Esalen.
Aroma Diffusion: During the massage, the scent of the essential oils is inhaled by the client, either through the use of an essential oil diffuser in the treatment room or by placing a drop of oil on a cloth near the client’s headrest.
The combination of the tactile benefits of massage and the olfactory benefit of aromatherapy is believed to have several positive effects, including:
- Relaxation: Aromatherapy massage can help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote a sense of calm and relaxation.
- Pain and Tension Relief: The massage techniques, combined with the analgesic properties of certain essential oils, can help alleviate muscle pain and tension.
- Improved Mood: The scents of essential oils can have mood-enhancing effects, potentially promoting feelings of well-being.
- Enhanced Circulation: Massage, in general, improves blood circulation, and certain essential oils may further support this.
- Skin Benefits: Essential oils used in aromatherapy massage can have positive effects on the skin, such as improving hydration and promoting a healthy complexion.
It’s important to note that aromatherapy massage should be performed by a qualified and experienced massage therapist who is knowledgeable about the safe use of essential oils. Additionally, it’s essential to communicate your preferences and any allergies or sensitivities to the therapist before the session to ensure a safe and customized experience. If you have specific health concerns, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before undergoing aromatherapy massage.
I typically infuse my coconut oil with essential oil. If you do not want essential oils applied, please let me know before your session. If you are interested in exploring different essential oils for your session, please contact me a few days before your session, that way if we make a custom blend, it can sit the recommended 24-hours before use. – Randy
See also the service AromaTouch for a specific sequence developed by Dr. Hill for DoTerra.