Essential Oils and Massage – The Perfect Duoadmin
Essential oils are the ideal partner for massage therapy. When used during a treatment, these plant oils provide a significant boost from nature to help alleviate stress, detox your body, deal with chronic pain issues, support post surgical healing and deliver a powerful means to achieve an enhanced sense of well-being and vitality.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated and potent liquids that are distilled from the fruit, leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other components of a plant. Their molecular construction and aroma provide health benefits with a track record dating back 6000 years! When inhaled or applied to the skin, their essence is absorbed into the bloodstream to begin their healing journey. The use of these pure extracts provides a chemical-free alternative for physical healing, emotional wellness and mental clarity.
Because essential oils contain the cellular imprint and vitality of the healing plant from which they are taken, they are able to deliver the therapeutic benefits of the plant itself in a user-friendly form. Essentials are as numerous as the medicinal plants from which they come and include scented oils, unscented oils, olive oils, nut based oils, seed based oils among others.
Blending essential oils in complementary combinations can achieve optimum results for multiple issues. For example, Thyme and Oregano are strong antioxidants that can be used to support the immune, respiratory, nervous, and other body systems. Muscle discomfort from exercise can be relieved with a combination of Basil, Wintergreen, Marjoram, Cypress and Peppermint.
Essentials deliver their healing support through inhalation, disbursement into the air of your environment or through application to the skin. Because of their concentration, when applied topically, it is necessary to dilute these oils (that really aren’t oily!) in a carrier oil, usually sweet almond oil, olive oil, apricot kernel oil, or grapeseed oil.
Essential oils are not the same as their distant relatives – perfume or fragrance oils. These can sometimes be mistaken for genuine oils but they are artificially produced and do not deliver the therapeutic outcomes of essential oils.
- Because of their absorption properties, essentials help to improve circulation and support a healthy circulatory system.
- The phenolic properties of essentials allow rapid penetration and cleansing at the cellular level that facilitates lymphatic drainage and detox.
- Essential oils have the ability to cross the ‘brain-blood barrier’ and thus can access areas of the brain that are responsible for regulating mood and emotions. This can provide a greater ability to handle stress and also can energize upbeat emotive responses.
- Using essentials in conjunction with massage deepens the outcomes of any treatment.
5 Essential Oils in Action with Massage Therapy
Lavender reduces mental stress, promotes relaxation and pain relief. It is used to treat headaches, insomnia, muscle strain and cramps. It helps with migraines, fear, depression, hypertension and digestion. It truly is a cure-all for many symptoms.
Need a ‘pick-me-up’? Lemon Oil helps release emotions as it revitalizes and uplifts. It also has antiseptic properties, stimulates the lymphatic system to release toxins and enhances mental clarity and concentration.
Basil’s uplifting and refreshing scent works to lift depression, fatigue, and anxiety. Its soothing essence relaxes tired muscles and can encourage mental alertness. It can energise when you are fatigued and can calm minor aches and pains from exercise. It helps with sleeplessness, mental stress and is supportive of respiratory problems. Basil can be particularly uplifting and promotes a sense of balance that calms the mind.
Peppermint is best used for addressing digestive issues. It is also beneficial in addressing pain, sore muscles, and can relieve a headache when massaged into temples. It provides antiseptic and antimicrobial properties in massage oils. On an energetic level, it increases intuitive awareness.
Sandalwood is a go-to oil in Ayurvedic medicine. It is often used to treat muscle spasms, lymph node congestion and sciatica. It addresses such external problems as skin irritations of any kind and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. This oil’s rich scent promotes restorative sleep, tranquility and meditative states of mind. It also supports the digestive and cardiovascular systems. It can be applied to the bottoms of the feet as a point of delivery to the body.
Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint are three of the most versatile and useful essential oils to have on hand in your medicine cabinet. They can take the place of a whole host of their chemical brethren – such as nsaids, antacids and antibacterials.
Essential oils aren’t just a pretty face in the alternative health world. They are one of the quiet heavy lifters in the pursuit of well-being. Their unique benefits, when paired with massage, work synergistically to restore balance and transform the body, mind, emotions and spirit.