Thursday, April 25, 2019

Essential oils
enjoy the soothing effects
of aromatherapy treatments

It’s probably just a matter of weeks, until the buds on the tree branches plump up, and new leaves burst forth in celebration of the spring season. All manner of scents will abound, as the earth warms and all things grow. And we’ll gulp great breaths of fresh air ,as we head out down the sidewalk.

Academy Massage Therapy aromatherapy is a bit like that, but the difference is -aromatherapy treatments are available throughout the entire year!

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote healing and a feeling of well being and relaxation, a practice which was in large measure refined by the ancient Egyptians. These oils have been used in many cultures throughout history for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. These oils are “essential” in the sense that they contain the essence of a plant’s fragrance, the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which the oil is derived.

Following are some commonly used oils and their main benefits:

Lavender is one of the most calming oils. It has a wonderful floral fragrance, which many people appreciate. Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. It is also believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites.

Lemon has a refreshing and soothing aroma nearly identical to the freshly peeled fruit. It comes from a cold-press process of extracting the oils from the lemon rind, not the inner fruit. Lemon oil is popular for its refreshing scent and invigorating, purifying properties. Research shows that lemon oil contains powerful antioxidants, helps reduce inflammation, boosts energy levels and eases digestion.

This essential oil has a strong, fresh scent. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it to strengthen memory. It is thought that its numerous other benefits include - reducing joint pain, easing stress, increasing circulation, stimulating hair growth and generally perking you up. NOTE: You are to avoid this essential oil during pregnancy, or if you suffer from epilepsy or hypertension. Also, do not use it if you are taking homeopathic medicines.

Chamomile oil has a warm, fruity aroma that is used for relaxing and calming both the mind and the body. While the leaves of the plant are widely used as a bed time tea, which helps you get a good sleep, the oil is credited with an ability to reduce inflammation, relieve depression, anxiety and insomnia, soothe muscle cramps, as well as symptoms of PMS and menopause.

There are several ways of applying essential oils, including adding the oils to your bath, or inhaling them, however, the most popular and effective way is through massage.

Talk to our front counter staff to find out more about aromatherapy treatments at Academy Massage. Or if you would like to have a more in-depth consultation and treatment - book an hour and a half Tuesday or Wednesday morning session, with one of our registered massage therapists (RMTs) to discuss the benefits of this treatment choice, and then have an aromatherapy centered massage.

Wishing you the fragrance of a new spring!

Much love,
Academy Massage Therapy

1 comment:

  1. Is it access friendly or is there a lift thank you