Aromatherapy

Several years ago I received an aromatherapy massage from a therapist who had been trained in healing with essential oils. I felt so great, and fresh, and new, and vibrant, and healthy after that massage (and for several days after), that I decided right then and there that I wanted to be able to offer that level of health to other people. Ever since then, I started taking classes and doing research on aromatherapy so I could help other people the way my massage therapist helped me.   -Jodi

 

​Topical Method

 

An aromatherapy blend tailored to your needs will be added to your massage oil and applied directly to your skin during your session. The blend  that was crafted for you will be made available to purchase for aromatherapy self-treatments in between appointments if desired.

Diffusion Method

 

An aromatherapy blend made just for you is diffused into the room during your massage for inhalation. The blend that was crafted for you will be made available to purchase for aromatherapy self-treatments in between appointments if desired.

 

What is Aromatherapy?

 

Essential oils are the heart of aromatherapy. You can get many different brands and qualities of oils (after years of research, I've chosen to use the brand Original Swiss Aromatics for their outstanding quality and good ethics). The oils come from plant leaves, flowers and roots. They all have very distinct smells and different healing properties. They assist your body in healing in two ways:

One way is by inhalation. The essential oil is diffused into the air and is inhaled. It moves across the olfactory nerves in the nose and then enters the limbic system (the part of your brain that controls moods, memories and emotions). Upon stimulation from the scents, the brain releases all kinds of endorphins ("feel-good" hormones) that aid in healing and helping you feel better. Many essential oil companies or representatives will recommend ingesting essential oils. As a trained aromatherapist (and no, I'm not trained by a company to sell their oils), I would never recommend this! Most essential oils are hard on the stomach and digestive system, and can be absorbed more readily into the bloodstream through inhalation without needing to go through the digestive system. In fact, its even more effective to use them that way and you don't have the added risk of eroding your stomach lining! Check out this link to learn more about how inhalation can be more effective. (They are referring to medicines in this link but essential oils would work the same way). Many companies promote ingestion use to sell more product.

The other way essential oils aid the body in healing is by absorbing into the skin and blood stream---the topical method. This is where massage makes a great companion to aromatherapy! Each essential oil has healing properties, in the same way that herbs have healing properties (ie: Turmeric root is excellent for pain relief. Many people who have arthritic pain use turmeric root capsules instead of ibuprofen, or other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs). For instance, if you told me that you were having a problem with frequent headaches, I would add a drop of patchouli, a couple drops of rosewood, and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oils to your massage oil. It would create a subtle scent that would have powerful effect on ridding your headache.

How can aromatherapy help me?

Aromatherapy can help physical ailments through either inhalation (diffusion) or absorption (applied topically) of varying essential oils. Most commonly, aromatherapy is very effective in helping the following conditions:

 

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Nervous Disorders

  • Arthritis

  • Circulation

  • Frequent Headaches

  • Inflammation/Swelling

  • Muscle Pain

  • ​Joint Pain

  • Menopause/Hot Flashes

  • PMS

  • Oily Skin/Acne

Massage and Aromatherapy go hand in hand! Discover the peacefulness of aromatherapy and unfold a world of health benefits through essential oils combined with massage therapy.