Aromatherapy is more than just lighting some incense or burning an oil candle and enjoying the beautiful smells that fill the room. It’s a therapy, which means it has a higher purpose (other than smelling great) – and it can potentially aid healing strategies.
Aromatherapy can be used to enhance physiological and physical well being through the use of natural oils extracted from plants including flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots and other parts of a plant, according to aromatherapy.com. As well as being used as an alternative medicine, it can also be used as a complimentary therapy to assist cognitive well being. People tend to have aromatherapy massages to alleviate headaches, back pain, digestive disorders, insomnia and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Aromatherapy massages use essential oils (which are highly concentrated plant oils) that have been added to a massage oil or lotion and are meant to enhance your experience. After the massage, the massage therapist may suggest a blend that you can use at home in between massage treatments.
A licensed massage therapist will take your health history before the massage.
Here’s how it works – the different aromas from the oils stimulate smell receptors in the nose which creates different emotional and physiological reactions by sending messages through the nervous system and to the Limbic System (the part of the part of the brain that controls emotions). It then triggers positive emotions and eases pain. Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin. However, one thing is for certain, aromatherapy can be very enjoyable.