Aromatherapy body massage is a type of massage therapy that incorporates the use of concentrated plant oils, known as essential oils, which are added to the massage oil or lotion used. This is one of the most popular types of massage at spas around the world.
Aromatherapy body massage has several benefits. It increase stamina, relieves fatigue and nourishes all the body parts. Sesame oil, herbal massage oil or aroma massage oil can be used for the massage. Here are some benefits of aromatherapy body massage:
- Tones the muscles along with the whole physiology
- Helps to keep the joints flexible
- Relieves fatigue, aches and pain in the body
- Calms the nerves
- Increases the circulation
- Improves the complexion of the skin by adding luster to it
- Improves energy and mental alertness
- Promotes deeper and better sleep
- Nourishes the whole body, promoting longevity
Selection of oil is very important in ayurvedic massage. There is specific oil for specific conditions. While the massage is healing even when performed with just a base massage oil such as sesame oil or almond oil, ayurvedic practitioners typically infuse the base oils with nourishing herbs and flowers. You’ll find ayurvedic herbs such as Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Shankhapushpi and Turmeric in traditional ayurvedic massage oils.
The herbs are gently cooked into the oils for a specified period of time, and the oil is then strained for use. Aromatherapy massage oils incorporate healing essences such as Sandalwood, Jasmine and Rose for added emotional and mental balance. Look for cold-pressed organic base oils for maximum benefit. Sesame oil has antioxidant properties and is anti-inflammatory. Almond oil is both nourishing and soothing. Coconut oil is cooling and Pitta-pacifying.