Aromatherapy is a term that encompasses many forms of treatment. This overview only refers to Aromatherapy treatment via massage.
Aromatherapy uses the purest plant essence in the form of organic essential oils, which are extracts from various parts of plants, fruits, flowers, bark, roots, or resin. Essential oils contain dozens of powerful complex natural chemicals that have beneficial properties. Due to the diversity of essential oils and their individual therapeutic properties, the range of benefits and effects of Aromatherapy is wide ranging.
Aromatherapy treatments have both physiological and psychological effects. The combination of massage and the medicinal and therapeutic qualities of the essential oils (molecules both inhaled [aroma] and absorbed through the skin) can soothe, revitalise, uplift the spirit, encourage positive thinking and boost the immune system enabling the body to heal itself.
Aromatherapy massage promotes overall well-being and can also be used as a tool for relaxation and stress relief. Another benefit is that aroma massage can be used for healing purposes. While a professional massage therapist can provide the most thorough services, there are a few massage techniques that are easily learned for the added benefit of being able to perform aroma massage in your own home for a spouse or loved one.