Aromatherapy Massage is a relaxing and restorative experience in which a fragrant blend of essential oils is applied in a gentle, flowing massage treatment. Aromatherapy Massage is profoundly relaxing for both mind and body, calming the nerves as well as often improving skin condition, circulation, lymphatic flow and muscle tone.
Aromatherapy itself is an ancient tradition and a complementary therapy credited with diverse benefits for mind and body, from reducing anxiety to improving skin tone. Head on over to our Aromatherapy pages to read more about Aromatherapy in general or ordering your own Essential Oil Blends.
Aromatherapy Massage has similarities to Swedish Massage, with flowing strokes, kneading, rhythmic tapping and shaking. However, Aromatherapy Massage has a strong emphasis on slow, gentle pressure throughout the treatment, flowing continuously as the essential oils are applied. In this way Aromatherapy Massage induces deep relaxation, calming the whole nervous system and allowing the body and mind to be receptive to the essences.
“Essential oils, which are highly aromatic, are readily absorbed into the body via the skin and lungs, and are believed to affect the body on all levels – physically, mentally and even emotionally/spiritually. When combined with massage, which helps to soothe away muscular tension and improve circulation, an aromatherapy treatment can be either deeply relaxing or uplifting, depending on the oils and massage techniques used by the therapist. Aromatherapy is used by people for a variety of reasons. Some use it to help them manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems, while others use it as a means of relaxation, or to help maintain good health and a sense of general well-being. Aromatherapy massage and essential oils are commonly used in hospitals, hospices and other healthcare settings, to help support patients and their carers.”The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
At Reflexation Therapy I enjoy making my own tailored blends of essential oils, especially for you. Before your treatment I’ll listen in and make a blend to help you get the most out of your Aromatherapy Massage experience. We might focus on relaxation, uplift, letting go or whatever your best self would value most. Essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil such as as sweet almond oil, for massage. Carrier oils are carefully chosen based on your skin type and of course (as for essential oils) any allergies!
Note: I also make tailored essential oil blends after consultation and under clinical conditions, to send by post or local delivery. This is a restorative, low cost way to look after your mind and body, especially while face to face therapy treatments such as Aromatherapy Massage are on hold due to social distancing. Find out more about Essential Oil Blends and home delivery.
If you’re interested in the history and origins of Aromatherapy and Aromatherapy Massage, you can read a bit about it here:
The short version is that Aromatherapy has been around a LONG time and essential oils are a delight to work with, especially through massage, for you and me today.
Reflexation Therapy primarily offers treatments at therapy spaces in Falmouth (Greenbank) and Penryn Campus Sports Centre. I can offer treatments to clients elsewhere in Cornwall or at home, under special circumstances and by special arrangement. See Venues for more details.