Aromatherapy is the ancient art of using essential oils derived from plants to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Particular scents have been shown to trigger powerful neurological responses, inducing states of calm and deep relaxation when the oils are inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Aromatherapy massage incorporates the use of these essential oils with traditional massage techniques. An aromatherapy massage treatment from Relax Bristol is perfect for those seeking relief from aches and pains coupled with a boost in mood. An aromatherapy treatment from one of our qualified therapists has the added benefit that it can be tailored to your specific needs, whether you want to feel revitalised or better able to sleep.
What are the potential benefits of aromatherapy massage?
There are a number of potential benefits of aromatherapy massage. These include relief from the symptoms of anxiety and depression; improved sleep for those experiencing insomnia; reduction in menstrual pain and a soothing of the symptoms of menopause. For some, aromatherapy can also help with the symptoms of nausea.
What massage techniques are used during a aromatherapy massage?
In general, the techniques used during an aromatherapy massage will be similar to those found in a relaxation massage. These include long strokes using the hands or arms, kneading of the skin and muscles, circular movements and tapping of the skin. It’s important that you remain in communication with your therapist throughout the session and let them know if you’d them to apply more or less pressure.
Who would benefit from an aromatherapy massage?
Aromatherapy massage can offer many mood-enhancing effects. As such, it may be particularly suitable for people currently experiencing chronic health problems or mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. Aromatherapy massage not only helps relieve tension, aches and pains, but the massage oils also have mood-boosting properties in themselves. However, massage should not be seen as a substitute for professional mental health treatment and it’s best to confer with your doctor if you feel unsure. For those who have recently recovered from a bout of illness, the stimulating effects of many massage oils can help boost the body’s healing natural processes.
What can I expect from an aromatherapy massage?
At the start of your session, you’ll have a chance to discuss with your therapist exactly what you’d like from the treatment. This will be a chance for you to explain any symptoms you are currently experiencing, and to talk through the details on your treatment forms that you would have filled in when booking. The forms will include details about how you’d like to feel by the end of the session. Your therapist will then be able to choose an appropriate oil blend for you. Different oils have different properties. For example, chamomile or lavender may be used for their calming properties, whereas rosemary or lemon oil can have more invigorating effects. It’s also important that you let us know of any allergies that you may have, in order to avoid any negative reactions. Once you’ve talked through your treatment with your therapist, you’ll be asked to undress and lie face down. You’ll then be covered by a sheet or towel. After that, they’ll be nothing for you to do other than relax and enjoy your treatment. Once you’ve finished, your therapist may suggest essential oils that you can use at home to maximise the benefits of the treatment.
When is an aromatherapy massage not appropriate?
There may be certain circumstances in which an aromatherapy massage is not appropriate. As mentioned above, it’s important that you mention any allergies that you may have with your therapist. It may also be best to avoid aromatherapy massage if you currently have any open cuts, wounds or lesions, or if you’ve just undergone surgery. If you’re pregnant, then a pregnancy massage may be a better option for you.
Our therapists can provide this treatment for you in Bristol, Bath, Newport and Cardiff