Whether you work a standard nine-to-five job and commute an hour to and from work, or you’re a stay-at-home parent with countless house chores, the daily grind and stress get us all from time to time. With our fast-paced lives and jam-packed schedules, it can be hard to find the time to wind down and relax.
But if you care about your physical, mental and emotional health at all, it’s crucial to relax sometimes and reduce your stress levels as much as possible! And the best way to do it? Massage and aromatherapy.
What is Aromatherapy Massage?
While most people are familiar with thousands of years old history of the massage, many think that aromatherapy is a new practice. However, just like the massage, aromatherapy is thousands of years old. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Chinese have all used aromatherapy along with massages to heal people and promote physical and spiritual well-being.
Aromatherapy massage combines two different but complementary and very effective techniques for relaxing and healing: a massage and aromatherapy. Massages are a great way to loosen up tight muscles, promote blood circulation and healing, while aromatherapy, with its many wonderful essential oils, takes care of our mental health, promoting complete rejuvenation and relaxation.
The Health Benefits
A good aromatherapy massage will soothe your body, mind and spirit. With different types of massages (shiatsu, Swedish, deep tissue, sports, reflexology, etc.), a massage therapist can knead out all the knots and achy muscles, boost your blood circulation and help with recovery. And aromatherapy, with its various essential oils (frankincense, orange blossom, lavender, rose, peppermint, etc.), provides an additional level of healing and relaxation.
A great aromatherapy massage will:
- Promote relaxation and reduce the harmful effects of stress
- Increase blood circulation and promote healing
- Relieve headaches, migraines and tension
- Boost digestive and heart health
- Reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Strengthen the body’s immune system.
So, next time you’re heading home after a long day of work, consider going to a spa center and treating yourself to an aromatherapy massage. Or, better yet, purchase your favorite aromatherapy oils and ask your partner to give you a nice, relaxing massage. Don’t forget to return the favor!