Aromatherapy oils play an important role in massage therapy. They can often mean the difference between a successful aromatherapy treatment and an unsuccessful treatment. This is because the recipient is not only benefiting from the massage, but from the inhalation of the aromatherapy scents, as well as from the effects the oils have as they are absorbed into the skin and then into the bloodstream.
The secret of aromatherapy is to combine the right essential oils to suit the particular ailment that the recipient is suffering from. Once the massage oil has been prepared, the most important thing is for the patient to feel relaxed, and for the masseuse to use the correct massage techniques.
The benefits of massage are plentiful, but there are certain circumstances when a massage may not be a good idea. For instance, you should never give a massage if the recipient has just eaten, or is feeling ill or is feeling very drained of energy. The massage should not be continued if it causes pain or irritation, and should never be carried out on broken skin, a serious injury, or less than one week following a vaccination.
A good massage should benefit the recipient in a number of ways. Some of these benefits are listed below:
Improved circulation, elimination of toxins and lymphatic drainage
Promotes relaxation and eases muscular pain
Improved immune system
Promotes a general feeling of wellness
Eases feelings of anxiety, grief and depression