Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can be added to any of our massage services!

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. This therapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.

History

Aromatherapy has been used in almost every ancient culture. Earliest known aromatherapy usage dates back to 60,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (known as the father of modern medicine) instituted aromatherapy coupled with massage for use in healing patients. During the Black Plague doctors wore masks stuffed with specific aromatic herbs to keep themselves healthy and keep their immune systems up. In the early 1900ʼs Rene Maurice Gattefosse, who is famous for coining the term “aromatherapy”, cured a burn victim using lavender oil. He also used essential oils to treat World War II patients. He helped develop the cultivation and distillation processes used today.

The thought base behind aromatherapy is that our Olfactory system (sense of smell) has a direct connection to both our limbic system and our amygdala which are major players in our emotional response. Hence the connection between scent and our emotional state.

There are quite a few studies to show the effects of aromatherapy and more generally the use of essential oils. Specifically during massage, there have been studies for absorption rates of essential oils that leads to increased benefits of essential oils. Studies have shown that the most common essential oil lavender has been seen to show in the bloodstream after 15 minutes of being applied topically through massage thus the effects can be felt between 15 – 30 min.

IMRʼs Aromatherapy Concept

We do an aromatherapy protocol that is based off the four elements. The client will choose from four different blends, each geared toward a specific outcome or mood:

Spruce Essential Oil enhances spiritual connection and awareness.

Osmanthus Essential Oil relieves fatigue and stress by calming the nervous system.

Chamomile Essential Oil detoxifies the body while reducing stress and anxiety.

Ho Wood Leaf Essential Oil is very calming, it promotes peace and relaxation.

Lavender oil has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits.

In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. Its calming and relaxing qualities, when taken internally, continue to be Lavender’s most notable attributes.

Applied topically, Lavender oil is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck.

Add a few drops of Lavender oil to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Due to Lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times

Lemon Essential Oil is a mood enhancer, uplifting and refreshing. It is also an immunity booster.

Bergamot Essential Oil reduces nervous tension.

Grapefruit Essential Oil is a mood booster, increases energy, stimulates circulation and metabolism.

Wild Orange Essential Oil promotes feelings of happiness and warmth.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is clarifying and immune boosting. Helps one to let go of things they are holding onto.

Peppermint Essential Oil helps in improving memory and raising alertness.It also aids in warding off restlessness and mental exhaustion.

Melaleuca Essential Oil purifies the mind.

Cardamom Essential Oil promotes a positive mood and clearer breathing.

Laurel Leaf Essential Oil is very up-lifting. Helps to promote confidence and courage.

Pain Management: Deep Blue Blend

Aches and Pains

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil promotes relaxation and lowers blood pressure.

Wintergreen Essential Oil is a counter-irritant. Relieves muscle spasms and cramps.

Camphor Essential Oil reduces pain and swelling by increasing blood flow.

Helichrysum Essential Oil is a strong anti-inflammatory.

Contraindications

During Massage Treatment

Your therapist will incorporate the chosen essential oils throughout the duration of your massage.

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