It is estimated that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
Profound Effects In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process. Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
Aromatherapy is the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants (essential oils) to balance, harmonize and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy should not be confused with fragrances or perfume oils. Fragrances are often made from chemicals, and lack the therapeutic properties of essential oils. So, just because someone lights a scented cande doesn't make it aromatherapy.
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts, derived from the leaves, bark, roots, seeds and flowers. They can also be used in hydrotherapy baths, facials and body treatment.
How does aromatherapy massage work?
The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones.
When we inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system that can affect heart, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion and the immune system.
Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.
Here are some widely used essential oils and their properties:
Calming - chamomile, lavender, geranium, basil, frankincense
Uplifting - ylang ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli, peppermint
Increase Circulation - rosemary, black pepper, lemongrass
Decongesting - eucalyptus, pine, tea tree