Aromatherapy:: A Natural Enhancement to Body Work
Feb 01, 2013 01:19AM
By Rose Ann Linkens
Aromatherapy is the art of using concentrated plant oil extracts in a variety of ways to aid health and beauty as well as balance the body and mind. These pure essences are extracted in a variety of ways and are a welcome addition to most body work sessions.
Aromatherapy works with almost any variety of massage to deepen the therapeutic benefits. Plus aromatherapy is one of the few therapies that work psychosomatically, affecting both the body and the mind.
Here are a few essential oils preferred for bodywork, each listing a description of their traditional uses:
· Lavender and chamomile essential oils are used to relax the mind and help relieve muscle spasms; combined, they work well for traditional Swedish massage.
· Eucalyptus and ginger can be used in sports massage to help relieve deep stiffness in the muscles.
· Peppermint and juniper are believed to relieve swelling, making them useful for massages during recovery from massages, such as hip or knee replacements.
· Jasmine and ylang ylang are known for their stress-relieving properties, adding mental relaxation to any massage.
· Frankincense and Roman chamomile are used to relieve arthritis pain.
Most practitioners of aromatherapy are licensed as body workers, massage therapists or both. Ask for a practitioner that offers a variety of essential oils and can answer your questions about them. Aromatherapy blends can also be used post-massage at home to extend the therapeutic benefits of the treatment.
Rose Ann Linkens is a licensed esthetician and massage therapist and owner of Restoration Spa in Lancaster, an artisan spa dedicated to organic face and body therapies. Linkens holds a master’s certification in aromatherapy and creates customized essential oils blends to address various health and beauty concerns.