Aromatherapy can be added to any of our massage services!
What is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. This therapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.
Aromatherapy has been used in almost every ancient culture. Earliest known aromatherapy usage dates back to 60,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (known as the father of modern medicine) instituted aromatherapy coupled with massage for use in healing patients. During the Black Plague doctors wore masks stuffed with specific aromatic herbs to keep themselves healthy and keep their immune systems up. In the early 1900’s Rene Maurice Gattefosse, who is famous for coining the term “aromatherapy”, cured a burn victim using lavender oil. He also used essential oils to treat World War II patients. He helped develop the cultivation and distillation processes used today.
The thought base behind aromatherapy is that our Olfactory system (sense of smell) has a direct connection to both our limbic system and our amygdala which are major players in our emotional response. Hence the connection between scent and our emotional state.
There are quite a few studies to show the effects of aromatherapy and more generally the use of essential oils. Specifically during massage, there have been studies for absorption rates of essential oils that leads to increased benefits of essential oils. Studies have shown that the most common essential oil lavender has been seen to show in the bloodstream after 15 minutes of being applied topically through massage thus the effects can be felt between 15 – 30 min.
IMR’s Aromatherapy Concept:
We do an aromatherapy protocol that is based off the four elements.The client will choose from four different blends, each geared toward a specific outcome or mood:
Earth – Grounding, Calming
Water – Rejuvenation, Introspection
Fire – Uplifting, Energizing
Air – Opening, Creativity
Pain Management – Aches and Pains
Earth: Balance Blend
Spruce Essential Oil enhances spiritual connection and awareness.
Osmanthus Essential Oil relieves fatigue and stress by calming the nervous system.
Chamomile Essential Oil detoxifies the body while reducing stress and anxiety.
Ho Wood Leaf Essential Oil is very calming, it promotes peace and relaxation.
Water: Anchor Blend
Cinnamon Essential Oil relieves depression and boosts brain function.
Black Pepper Essential Oil promotes emotional balance.
Patchouli Essential Oil eases feelings of anger and anxiousness, as well as being an antibiotic depressant.
Frankincense Essential Oil opens and expands the mind as well as improving the memory. It is also commonly known as a gift suitable for a god.
Fire: Citrus Bliss Blend
Lemon Essential Oil is a mood enhancer, uplifting and refreshing. Its is also an immunity booster.
Bergamot Essential Oil reduces nervous tension.
Grapefruit Essential Oil is a mood booster, increases energy, stimulates circulation and metabolism.
Wild Orange Essential Oil promotes feelings of happiness and warmth.
Air/Wind: Breath Blend
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is clarifying and immune boosting. Helps one to let go of things they are holding onto.
Peppermint Essential Oil helps in improving memory and raising alertness.It also aids in warding off restlessness and mental exhaustion.
Melaleuca Essential Oil purifies the mind
Cardamom Essential Oil promotes a positive mood and clearer breathing.
Laurel Leaf Essential Oil is very up-lifting. Helps to promote confidence and courage.
Pain Management: Deep Blue Blend
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil promotes relaxation and lowers blood pressure
Wintergreen Essential Oil is a counter-irritant. Relieves muscle spasms and cramps.
Camphor Essential Oil reduces pain and swelling by increasing blood flow.
Helichrysum Essential Oil is a strong anti-inflammatory.
Pregnancy. Many essential oils are supposed to be avoided during pregnancy.
Sun Exposure. After use of essential oils on the skin people are at a MUCH higher risk for sun burns. Specifically blends with citrus in them. Avoid sun exposure until the oil has been washed off the skin.
Sensitive Skin or Allergies. Always make sure that the client is not allergic to any of the ingredients in the oil blends, that they are not prone to rashes or outbreaks or that their skin does not tend to be very sensitive.
During Massage Treatment: Your therapist will incorporate the chosen essential oils throughout the duration of your massage.
Upgrade any service to aromatherapy for only $10 extra
If you have any questions about essential oils, please feel free to ask!
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