Treat anxiety with aromatherapy massage

Treating Anxiety Naturally With Aromatherapy Massage

There are many methods for treating anxiety naturally and in this series of articles we will look at many.  Of course rating in most popular would be aromatherapy and holistic massage. Therefore it should come as no surprise that our first article will combine the best of both! Enjoy treating anxiety naturally with aromatherapy massage.

What Is Aromatherapy Massage?

Aromatherapy is a term that encompasses many forms of treatment. This overview only refers to Aromatherapy treatment via massage.

Aromatherapy is the use of naturally sourced essential oils to promote healing. The essential oils are extracted from different parts of herbs and plants. It is worth noting that not all essential oils i.e. lavender are going to  be used in the same way as the strength and usage of the essential oils is dependent on the time of year, the age of the plant and the part of the plant being gathered from. There are several ways of applying the oils, including adding the oils to your bath, or inhaling them, but the most popular and effective is through massage.

It is widely accepted that these essential oils when applied to the body or when diffused or added to a burner into the atmosphere can generate feelings of well-being and deep relaxation. The emotions, sensations and well-being generated depends on the oil used. By adding a light and soothing massage, which provides additional stimuli to the body, combined with the use of the essential oils you have aromatherapy massage.

treating anxiety naturally with aromatherapy massage

Portrait of client receiving an aromatherapy massage

Treating Anxiety Naturally With Aromatherapy Massage

When seeking aromatherapy massage you should ensure you check the following:

Duration of Massage:

To gain benefits and fully utilize the healing properties of the essential oils the duration of the aromatherapy massage should be at least one hour.

This is the time required for the essential oils to be absorbed into the body through the skin and activate the necessary chemical reactions which lead to healing and the sense of well-being described.

Anything less than an hour will not give the oils sufficient time to enter the body. The massage and strokes used will assist in the body’s absorption of these oils.

Essential Oils: 

Ask your therapist about the oils used during the massage.

You should ensure that the oils used are natural, non-synthetic and organic if you are to receive the expected healing outcomes.

Also check with your therapist if the massage is able to cater to specific health requirements or if it is simply a generic wellbeing massage.

treating anxiety naturally with aromatherapy massage

Holistic Health and Spiritual Well-Being via Aromatherapy Massage

Consultation:

Your therapist should offer a free consultation before the initial massage. During this time your health will be discussed and one or more essential oils are selected based upon your needs.

These are then mixed in with the massage oil or lotion and as well as being absorbed by the body the subtle aroma of the essential oils fills the air around you during the massage and can be absorbed via your respiratory system.

Resting Time: 

All good aromatherapy massages will incorporate resting time at the end. This means an hour long massage should be 80 minutes in length so you have at least 20 minutes resting time after the massage. During the resting time you should drink ample warm or cold water, recline in a lounger or day bed and allow the body to return to its normal state and expel any of the remaining essential oils through your breath, sweat and/or urine.

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Treating Anxiety Naturally With Aromatherapy Massage

When being used specifically to combat an ailment or illness it is recommended that two to three aromatherapy massage sessions per week give the maximum results.

Many therapists advice that daily massage will not cause problems,
I believe that a break of 2-3 days between sessions is more desirable
Resting time allows the body to relax and excrete toxics mobilized by the massage without stress.

Aromatherapy massage has better effect when it is given to the whole body. For example, if you decide to get a massage because the muscles of one leg feel sore, massage on just the specific leg will give relief but it does not protect the rest of the body nor does it identify why the leg was sore to begin with.

A full body massage will assist healing

  • the afflicted area
  • any area being impacted because of the affliction (known or unknown)
  • any illness and/or injury unrelated to the affliction (known or unknown)
  • any emotional connections linked to health

This means that during your whole body massage your afflicted leg will get the massage needed, as will the healthy leg – it is this leg that will be burdened and carry most of the body weight to counter the pain in the other leg .

If left unchecked this could cause a further 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 the care it deserves!

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How does aromatherapy work and what to expect?

The main belief of the healing powers of aromatherapy is that you directly absorb the oils through the skin into your bloodstream. The oils then travel through your body and dependent upon the healing properties of the oil used have an effect on a specific organ or function in your body.

Aromatherapy massage is one of the most widely known and utilized holistic treatments for the treatment of illness and anxiety related problems as it combines the natural therapeutic properties of essential oils alongside the healing power of massage therapy.

Clothes on? Clothes Off!

Aromatherapy massage is best performed on nude clients; however the therapist will leave the room so that you can undress in privacy and most therapists will provide disposable modesty underwear which can be worn during the massage and prevents yours being destroyed by oil.

Aromatherapy massage not only has powerful physical, emotional and mental effects but it is also described as a great relaxing and rejuvenating experience. The benefits of aromatherapy massage are widely documented and known to benefit a wide range of health conditions in particular the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, immune and muscular systems. Aromatherapy massage is also a pleasant method for bringing about mental clarity, relaxation and alleviates stress and headaches.

Aromatherapy treatments have both physiological and psychological effects. The combination of massage and the medicinal and therapeutic qualities of the essential oils (molecules both inhaled [aroma] and absorbed through the skin) can soothe, revitalise, uplift the spirit, encourage positive thinking and boost the immune system enabling the body to heal itself.

Treating Anxiety Naturally With Aromatherapy Massage

Physical Benefits:

  • Relaxes, balances and harmonizes the body.
  • Reduces stress.
  • Strengthens the entire body and supports the body in its own healing process.
  • Encourages a healthy immune system to fight infection.
  • Enhances lymphatic drainage – this helps to reduce fluid retention and prevent oedema
  • Induces a feeling of deep relaxation in the body
  • Helps to restore balance in the body
  • Increases the oxygen and nutrient supply to the tissues by increasing the blood circulation
  • Helps to increase energy levels as blockages and congestion in the nerves are eased

Psychological Benefits:

Aromatherapy massage can:

  • promote a general state of well-being
  • calm and soothe the mind
  • help to reduce nervous tension
  • help to lift the mood and reduces feelings of depression
  • treating anxiety naturally ensures positive mindset and encourages self belief