If you are an Earthie (a Simply Earth subscriber), you probably already know what aromatherapy is.
If you didn’t already know, aromatherapy is basically the use of essential oils for certain benefits like mood improvement, relaxation, and more. Another relaxation favorite is Massage Therapy. I, for one, always turn to massages when feeling stressed out. Now, these two combined provide a sense of relaxation to a whole new level- leaving both your body and mood in a calm and grounded state.
Aromatherapy is a great extra service to add to a spa massage. However, we do not always have the luxury to go to the spa – it takes time, and of course, money. So here are some At-Home Spa Day Ideas powered by essential oils that you can check out and make right from home!
But first, let’s learn a little more about aromatherapy massages, its benefits, and some safety measures to note.
What is an Aromatherapy Massage?
An aromatherapy massage is adding aromatherapy (essential oils) to a traditional massage treatment; either through diffusion, using essential oil-infused massage oils, or using essential oil-infused lotions. Because of the oils’ aromatic and therapeutic properties, when inhaled during the massage, it promotes physical and emotional healing, as well as overall wellness improvement.
Aromatherapy Massage Benefits
An aromatherapy massage is thought to help soothe muscle tension, discomfort, and other bodily ailments. Massage techniques and mechanisms of kneading muscles and soft tissues can ease those tensed muscles.
Essential oils can also play an important role in managing discomfort. Check out this list of essential oils that you can use during your next massage sesh for maximum relaxation and relief!
An aromatherapy massage is also great for relaxation and stress relief! Massages produce a “relaxation response” in which our heart rate slows down, blood pressure decreases, stress hormones lower, and muscles relax.
Paired with calming essential oil blends, like Simply Earth’s Peace & Quiet Blend, you’ll sleep like a baby afterwards and will see for yourself how revitalized and refreshed you’ll feel the next day.
Aromatherapy is known for its ability to influence one’s mood. So, if you’ve found yourself in a funk, you can try an aromatherapy massage to feel more positive and happy.
It is important to use essential oils based on the desired results and benefits you want. There are essential oils for energy, relaxation, happiness, meditation, and more. Simply Earth’s blogs can guide you in choosing the perfect oils for your desired massage.
Carrier Oils & Essential Oils for Aromatherapy Massages
Essential oils can be used through diffusion or by adding them to massage oils or lotions to get the therapeutic benefits of essential oils during massages. Because of its high potency, essential oils can’t be directly applied to the skin without being diluted. Carrier oils are a wonderful, natural ingredient to use to dilute essential oils and make them safe for topical applications. They vary in viscosity, therapeutic properties, and scent.
Sweet Almond Oil is a popular choice for massage therapists. It’s not too oily and it glides smoothly on the skin. It is also absorbent, but not so much that you need to constantly reapply.
If you want the aroma of essential oils to pop, we recommend using Fractionated Coconut Oil as it is naturally odorless. It also has great benefits for the skin!
Another popular carrier oil is Jojoba Oil. It won’t leave you feeling greasy and it absorbs well into the skin. It is also non-irritating and is perfect for those with sensitive skin.
Our last carrier oil recommendation for massages is Avocado Oil. It is a light oil that deeply penetrates into the skin.
To learn more about the different kinds of carrier oils, check out this blog.
Each essential oil is composed of different chemical constituents which give each oil its specific benefits. As mentioned above, it is best to choose your essential oil or essential oil blend based on the desired benefits that you are seeking. Here are some essential oils for pain, essential oils for head relief, essential oils for relaxation, essential oils for good vibes, essential oils for rest, and essential oils for energy.
If you want to learn more about incorporating essential oils into your massage, check out this comprehensive course to Master Essential Oils In Your Massage Therapy Practice!
Massage Safety Notes
- Some carrier oils like Almond Oil can cause allergic reactions, especially for those who are allergic to nuts. So, it is important to do a patch test beforehand.
- Avoid getting a massage after a large meal, after taking alcoholic beverages, after a recent surgery, suffering from a heart attack or stroke, suffering from infectious diseases, or being pregnant.
- Avoid sun exposure if you used citrus essential oils during your massage.
It’s Time to Treat Yourself!
Rest is just as important as work. So, always remember to take time to rest – especially if you are feeling extra tired. One best way to do this is through an aromatherapy massage using essential oils. What essential oil or blend will you use first? We’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!
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