Aromatherapy is the use of what's known as essential oils, extracted from plants for the purpose of healing.
Essential oils have profound effects on us during a massage, both physical and psychological, and it's been determined that massage fulfills that goal perfectly.
Mixing your oils is an art that can be learned with patience and practice. It not only improves the client outcome but also increases your own professional knowledge as a masseuse or masseur.
TEA TREE OIL
Tea Tree oil is one of the most renowned and effective essential oils for aromatherapy use.
Tea Tree is extracted from the Cypress-like Melaleuca alternifolia trees' leaves. It is then steamed and distilled.
Tea Tree oil can be inhaled or applied to the skin by blending it with a base lotion, oil, or cream.
If you need to pick one essential oil for a lifetime, choose Tea Tree oil. It's known for its quick healing powers, it boosts one's immune system, fights all sorts of infections, heals the skin, soothes burns, and heals cuts.
It's also known to treat respiratory conditions and muscle aches.
Peppermint oil has always been known for its instantly refreshing aroma. It's also highly acclaimed as an essential oil that boosts one's energy levels and mental alertness.
Peppermint oil is extracted from the herb before it flowers. After that, it is steamed and distilled.
It has several of therapeutic properties making its use in Aromatherapy very popularly.
Besides boosting energy and focus, it enhances one's mood, rids the skin of irritation and redness, and aids with digestion. In addition, it helps with asthma, headache, nausea, and fever.
The name "Lavender" is derived from the Latin word "lavera" which translates "to wash". Lavender oil has not only outstanding qualities but also smells amazing, making it a favourite essential oil for many.
Lavender is extracted from the flowers of the same plant. It is then steamed and distilled.
Most massage therapists use it as it helps relax their clients. It's known for having exceptional stress-relieving properties. Lavender oil is an excellent remedy for colds, flu, as well as a migraine.
Lavender has exceptional therapeutic properties and is incorporated into many training programs as a base fragrant oil for therapeutic massage.
It’s properties are said to include: antiseptic, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory decongestant. It relieves anxiety, sadness, agitation, and depression.
Lemon is an all-time favourite household item, so it's only natural that lemon oil is also a must-have.
Lemon is popular for its admirable therapeutic qualities such as improving concentration, aiding in digestion, easing symptoms of acne and arthritis, and circulation problems.
The oil is extracted from the fruits' skin and is wonderful due to its clean and fresh smell that eases one's mind and enhances one's energy. Massage therapists use it for this reason as well.
Use it to also help with colds, sores, and asthma, and if you need it, it's known well to decrease cellulite.
The Eucalyptus plant is a native Australian tree from which Eucalyptus oil is extracted. It's steamed and distilled from the leaves and twigs of some varieties of this tree.
Eucalyptus oil has a very strong scent and can easily be distinguished from others.
Use it as a powerful treatment for respiratory problems and concentration lapses. Moreover, it helps fight migraines, fevers, muscle aches, and pain.
Not every massage therapist is also an Aromatherapist, but each can enhance their clients' health and well-being by incorporating these safe essential oils into their practices with peace of mind.
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