At Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage we offer aromatherapy as part of every studio massage session.
Using Essential Oils in Massage
We strongly believe that aromatherapy can be a wonderful addition to any massage. It can affect the health of your body, mind, and spirit and will in general just make you feel revived and rejuvenated.
There are a number of reasons why massage therapists like to incorporate essential oils into their sessions:
- If the therapist is applying essential oils on the skin, it is reported to treat underlying muscles and organs, as well as addressing localized conditions. We understand that there is a risk in applying essential oils to the skin… the risk of contact dermatitis. Because of the possible allergic reactions, we do not apply essential oils to the client’s skin.
- If using a diffuser and allowing the essential oils to be inhaled….well first of all, it smells nice – but the aroma isn’t just a pleasant addition to your treatment. Inhalation of essential oils is systemic absorption by way of the nasal mucosa and lungs. Inhalation can be used for a variety of purposes. Inhalation can give you relief from upper respiratory congestion or reduce the effects of stress. It is by inhalation that essential oils can influence moods or emotions and relax or stimulate.
Essential oils and pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, you should always tell your massage therapist before an aromatherapy massage because although essential oils are safe in the vast majority of cases, there are a few specific essential oils that are best avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy whether applied to the skin or inhaled through the use of a diffuser.
Essential oils and pain relief
Using essential oils in a massage is ideal if you’re experiencing symptoms like inflammation or pain. The aromatherapy adds an extra layer of benefit to a soothing massage and seems to magnify the effects of a treatment which can give you even more relief than a basic massage. In some cases, we will use Japanese mint oil as part of the massage lotion/oil if the client has some painful areas and does not have a sensitivity.
Essential oils and stress
Inhaling the essential oil, lavender is reported to have a calming effect. It is also wonderful for pain relief and is typically used in relaxation…stress relieving massage treatments.
Ask us about this type of aromatherapy for your next session.
See you on the table!