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What is an Aromatherapy Massage?

Aromatherapy massage relieves muscle tension by skillfully using the combined powers of touch and essential oils in a tried and trusted massage techniques.

In aromatherapy massages, aromatic oils are used because oil is able to penetrate the skin more readily than water, for the reason that skin is fairly permeable to fat soluble substances – oil – and is comparatively impermeable to water soluble substances. Essential oil molecules are so minuscule that when they are applied to the skin they are able to pass through the outer layer of the epidermis, to the dermis, into the capillaries and then into the bloodstream. Skin is able to absorb the oil even better when the rate of blood circulation and the temperate of the skin increase – such as at the time of a massage – because these conditions bring blood to the surface.
Massage is the skillful use of the hands to manipulate soft tissue for the main purposes of relieving muscle tension and stimulating blood circulation. It is derived from the human instinct to make skin contact through touch, stroke and rub in order to offer physiological comfort to another. It was the first and is the simplest health care tributary. This is because stroking the skin triggers a release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. By just releasing muscle tension, a massage reduces anxiety, creates a feeling of comfort and well-being, and lowers the stress hormones that weaken the immune system.

This method of massage therapy, incorporates essential oils into the system of kneading muscles and soft tissues of the body to help relieve medical conditions, injuries, or to preserve wellness. 

In this method, the practitioner administers essential oils to treat the patient by direct application to the skin, specifically through massage oils. Using essential oils in this muscle manipulation process introduces the influence of aromas (aromatherapy) in the pampering and treatment system, thus turning an ordinary massage into an aromatherapy massage.

In aromatherapy massages, while there is a focus on relaxing strokes, the emphasis is on selecting the appropriate essential oil for its therapeutic properties with regard to the patient's state of body and mind. The qualified practitioner is able to differentiate between different types of essential oils and know how they influence the body. This expertise is based on knowledge of the history and safety of natural oils. They also apply their understanding of the healing properties of specific oils and their remedial applications.


In aromatherapy massages, aromatic oils are used because oil is able to penetrate the skin more readily than water, for the reason that skin is fairly permeable to fat soluble substances – oil – and is comparatively impermeable to water soluble substances. Essential oil molecules are so minuscule that when they are applied to the skin they are able to pass through the outer layer of the epidermis, to the dermis, into the capillaries and then into the bloodstream. Skin is able to absorb the oil even better when the rate of blood circulation and the temperature of the skin increase – such as at the time of a massage – because these conditions bring blood to the surface.

What Makes Aromatherapy Massage Different From Other Types of Massage?

Aroma-massage is holistic, working mainly on the lymph and nervous system but including all parts of the body and the head. Using pressure points along the spine, aroma-massage works on the autonomic nervous system and has an immediate effect of relaxation. It has an indirect effect on the mood. On each side of the spine, there is a chain of ganglia (group of nerve cells) that act as reflex points. Nerve fibers pass through these and group themselves to form plexuses. Nerves radiate out from these plexuses to supply the different organs in the thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities. These are responsible for controlling the automatic processes that take place within the body, without any conscious control. Many of the massage movements help with lymphatic drainage. When blood circulation becomes sluggish, lymph flow slows down and waste materials are not eliminated properly.
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