Various massage techniques in combination with the beneficial properties of essential oils make aromatherapy massage ideal for:
- pain relief,
- relaxation of tired and stressed muscles,
- improvement of blood and lymph circulation,
- control of blood pressure,
- relief of painful menstruation,
- toxin removal,
- cellulite prevention and/or removal and improvement of skin texture,
- relief of intestinal and digestive problems,
- strengthening the immune system,
- stress and anxiety control,
- strengthening the nervous system,
- combating negative feelings and
- general physical and mental revitalization.
Usually the duration of a aromatherapy massage is approximately 75mins. This is the time required for the essential oils to enter the body through the skin, activate the necessary chemical reactions and finally be removed through our breath, sweat and/or urine. As Valerie Ann Worwood mentions in her extremely interesting book, studies show that after a massage with 2% lavender oil the main constituents - linalool and lineally acetate - are detected in the blood after just five minutes, they reach their maximum concentration after twenty minutes and after ninety minutes most quantities have been eliminated from the blood.
When you are feeling pains usually two to three aromatherapy massage sessions per week give the maximum results. Everyday massage could not cause a problem, but I believe that a break of 2-3 days between successive sessions allows time to the body to activate and excrete toxic substances without stress.
Aromatherapy massage has better effects when applied to the whole body. For example, even if only the muscles of one leg feel sore and stressed, massage at the specific leg will cause relief but it can not protect the rest of the body until the problem is totally solved. It is not evident that in an effort to protect the sore leg the healthy leg will be burdened, as it will carry most of the body weight. This could cause a big burden to the pelvis area; the asymmetry could affect the spine and subsequently lead to numb arms and/or sore neck. Thus, it is important to give our body and soul the care they deserve!
You should trust your body to a trustworthy person with positive energy and touch compatible to your preference (soft or intense). Moreover, if you want to have an aromatherapy massage in order to treat a specific pain make sure that the therapist you have chosen has complete and certified training and deep knowledge of the indications, counter-indications and safe dosage of essential oils.
After an aromatherapy massage you may experience various reactions, such as:
- intense thirst,
- more urine, with stronger odour than usually and intense colour,
- intestine activation,
- sweat with stronger odour than usually,
- catarrh and mucus,
- light muscle pain,
- intense yawning,
- more energy,
- talking mood.
In some cases massage should be avoided. Those are:
- persons suffering from phlebitis and/or thrombophlebitis,
- recently operated patients and persons with a heart condition,
- acute infections,
- feverish situations,
- areas with wounds, blisters, warts, rash, bruises and varicose veins,
- pregnant women with abortion history,
- cancer patients.