(Last Updated on : 22/07/2013)
massages possess a miraculous power of healing and are utilized for relieving stress by performing various kinds of relaxing treatments to the human body. The most wonderful aspect of these massages is that anyone can enjoy its pleasures- both giving and receiving. Aromatherapy massages are beneficial for people, for innumerable reasons. These kinds of treatments improve blood circulation, calm the nervous system, strengthens or relaxes muscles, and ease aches, cramps
and severe pains in joints and muscles. In basic terms massage is a way of stroking the body, with variations in the length and depth of strokes. However, one should always direct firm strokes towards the heart, as this will be beneficial to the circulation.
Types of Aromatherapy Massages
Gentle, firm pressure is applied to the body in this aromatherapy massage technique, in order to increase blood circulation, ease tensed muscles or cramps and also to induce relaxation. Five types of movements are practised in the Swedish massage process termed as Effleurage, Petrissage and Tapotement. Effleurage includes long flowing massage strokes with little pressure on the body. These movements are most soothing and relaxing. It is done with the whole hand using gentle, even pressure and is often used to start and finish a massage. Petrissage implies squeezing and relaxing a muscle or part of a muscle group. A good example of this kind of movement is kneading dough. It is mostly done with both hands, particularly on the thighs and buttocks. Petrissage also helps strengthen muscle fibre, remove waste products and ease fatigue. Tapotement involves patting or tapping the skin with the fingers quickly and slowly. The effect is stimulating and it helps to increase the blood flow. It is usually done on small areas such as the forehead, cheeks and neck.
This kind of Aromatherapy massage is applied to sportspersons, who are involved in physical activities like swimming
, cycling, running, tennis
, and other sports. Though regular exercise generally enables the efficient toning of muscles but sometimes these very sports might cause muscle cramps, spasms or other painful complications which cause discomfort for them and prevent them for engaging in a particular sports activity further. Sports massages comprise a few special techniques like Swedish massage, compression massage and deep tissue massage which are known to provide instant relief to patients by reducing stress, trauma caused by wounds or injury and improve flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage is slightly similar to Swedish massage. However, it is a bit more focussed aromatherapy massage which releases knots in muscles. It includes the application of much more pressure than that in Swedish massage and therefore might turn out be uncomfortable. Removal of toxins, loosening of muscular tissues, and increase of oxygen circulation in the human body are the many benefits of this process of massage.
This is another type of massage movement called friction, which creates just that. It involves rubbing the hands backwards and forwards across an area and is very warming and stimulating to the tissues. Rubbing our hands quickly together on a freezing winter day is a good example of how friction can work.
Self Body Massage
Although not as relaxing as receiving a massage, self- message is a helpful technique and can be practised whenever one feels achy, tired or stiff. By trying self- massage one can fully appreciate the way your touch can be healing. After all, one will know exactly where the pain is, or how deep to work on a particularly stiff area.
The Legs Massage
Arms & Hands
Self Chest, Neck and Back Massage
Self Face and Scalp Massage
Stress Reliever Massage
Other Aromatherapy Massages
There are several other kinds of aromatherapy massages which include:
Feet & Leg Massage
The Lower Legs And Knees
The Upper Legs
Back of the Legs Massage
Hands and Arms Massage
The Abdomen Massage
The Shoulder and Neck Massage
Guidelines for Aromatherapy Massages
One need not be an expert to give a soothing massage to family or friends. One just needs to learn a few basic movements. However, there are certain times or conditions when it should be avoided (for example: massage should be avoided after a heavy meal). It is a good idea to have a blanket or a large towel to cover the parts of the body that are not being massaged. Also, it feels good to be wrapped up while being massaged. One can even wrap a hot water bottle in a towel and keep it under the patient's feet for a really luxurious treat. While a person is lying still, he/she generates less body heat, so the aroma therapist or the person giving the Aromatherapy massage should make sure that the body is at the right temperature. There are certain guidelines to be followed when giving or receiving aromatherapy massage.
While massaging one should take care and not massage:
* Any infected area
* A person who is feverish or has a raised temperature
* Over an area where varicose veins are present
* Over any unusual swelling or inflammation
* Bruised or broken skin
Before massaging one should:
* Check with the person about to be massaged whether any of the above applies
* Make sure the room is warm enough.
* Warm your hands before massaging. Cold hands are a real shock and not a good way to begin to create the right atmosphere.
Harsh, bright lights are unpleasant when being massaged. A table lamp is a good option as it gives a softer, gentler and adequate light to the aroma therapist to see and perform the activity. Once you are comfortable with the massage movements, the lamp can be replaced by candlelight. The soft flickering of the flames has a soothing, hypnotic effect, which is very relaxing. Try to keep noise to the minimum by closing the curtains and blinds. One may also unplug the phone to stay undisturbed and play interesting and soothing background music like the sounds of the sea, tinkling bells
, birdsong and running water. Part of the benefits of aromatherapy massage is the feeling of getting away from the stressful day-to-day living. Soothing music and soft lights can create a relaxing environment. The choice of music and lights can be changed according to personal taste and preferences.
Before starting the massage see to it that your hands are warm, clean and your nails are short with no jagged edges. Take off any rings
if you wear them. Also check your massage partner to make sure there are no reasons to stop you from going ahead. Given below are the specific areas where one can practise aromatherapy massages and receive the maximum benefits.
Benefits of Aromatherapy Massages
Roman Chamomile oil
s and Lavender oil
s act as anti inflammatory agents which are natural sedatives. They are made from natural constituents. Therefore aromatherapic massages, which are performed with the help of these oils, enable the enhancement of blood circulation and the reduction of stress and numerous kinds of pains in the body. They act as wonderful aphrodisiacs. Natural vegetable oils often help the nourishment and lubrication of the skin, keeping it supple and healthy. Aromatherapy massages are extremely beneficial for people belonging to every age groups starting from babies to the elderly. Conditions like stress, depression and anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure
, complications during pregnancy, menstruation or menopause
, migraines, insomnia
, respiratory ailments like asthma and sinusitis
and numerable skin maladies.
Aromatherapy massages use nourishing oils which are absorbed into the human skin by topical application. This enables the promotion of a holistic healing of the entire human body by enhancing blood circulation and internal healing. Some of the aromatherapy oils are antiseptic and antifungal, thereby safeguarding a man's physical and mental health in a completely natural manner. A good aromatherapy massage complemented with the right atmosphere is an experience in itself. There is nothing more exciting and enjoyable as a relaxing in a warm atmosphere filled with the aroma of aromatherapy oils and soft, soothing music. Aromatherapy massage is a gentle healing art suitable for everyone from babies to the very elderly.