Aromatherapy treatments are common in spas and health centers around the world, particularly when coupled with massage. Not only is an aromatherapy massage relaxing and revitalizing, but it also smells wonderful and treats a host of issues.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of scents to treat emotional and physical problems. Oils are extracted from roots, flowers and other types of plants and the makeup of these oils have certain therapeutic abilities. The use of aromatics has been around since Ancient Egyptian times, when it was used to maintain health and treat sickness.
How Does Aromatherapy Work?
The choice of specific oils is what makes aromatherapy a type of holistic health treatment. Certain oils can treat various problems, including arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hormonal problems, immune system issues, stress, skin conditions, emotional imbalances and even cancer. Aromatherapy is also often used to relieve pain, help the process of recovering from an injury and to lower blood pressure. On top of all that, aromatherapy also helps your body heal overall and eliminates toxins.
What’s an Aromatherapy Massage Session?
During your aromatherapy massage, the massage therapist will ask you several questions about your health, emotional wellbeing and lifestyle. Then, the therapist will come up with a custom blend of oils to treat your specific issues. Before the massage starts, you’ll be asked to approve the combination of oils – people have different sensitivities to scents and it’s important that you like how your oil blend smells!
Once the massage begins, the therapist will use one or more styles of massage. Any styles that are used will be in line with the issues that you want to treat during the session. For example, flowing strokes help people who are overly stressed and need to relax while muscle work can improve circulation problems.
Who Can Use Aromatherapy Massage?
Anybody over the age of six months can reap the benefits of aromatherapy massage. However, it’s important that your massage therapist combine a certain selection of oils; pre-blended oil concoctions aren’t suitable for just anyone to use. Sometimes essential oils even have to be diluted before they’re used – it’s important to always consult a specialist beforehand.
People without a strong sense of smell can still benefit from aromatherapy. Even though the person can’t smell the oils, the oil is still absorbed through the skin, which is where the true value of them comes in.
How Often Should You Use Aromatherapy Massage?
The frequency of aromatherapy massages will depend on the individual. Some people visit their massage therapist on a monthly basis to keep stress levels and health issues in check. Other people use massage to treat chronic problems, which means they need to book more frequent visits. In between massages, there are ways to use aromatherapy on your own – ask your massage therapist about vaporizing and bathing with aromatherapy oils.
Contact Aura Wellness Spa for Your Next Massage
If you are looking to treat yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment, contact Aura Wellness Spa at (212) 695-9559, a popular New York City Korean Spa in the heart of the Manhattan. Interested in finding out more about our Spa treatments? Call or browse our website for more information about the various treatments and massage we offer.