We already wrote about the medicinal benefits of aromatherapy, coupled with massage therapy, over a year ago (see post). As it says in that entry, aromatherapy and massage can be used (and has been clinically proven) to reduce stress levels and help the immune system.
But in that entry, we glossed over the fact that making massage oils and aromatherapy oils can be a very easy task. Follow the directions below, and start adding aromatherapy to your chair and table massage sessions. It is a great addition to the many benefits that massage therapy already offers.
This site that I found makes the process of creating your own aromatherapy oils extremely easy. It is a great site if you are just beginning. Check it out, or keep reading as I’ve summarized the main ideas below.
Making your own aromatherapy oils:
– Use natural vegetable oils (vegetable, almond, olive, thistle, etc.) to start out.
- Mix and match to find the right feel. All vegetable oils will provide your clients with the vitamins and moisture that lead to beautiful and healthy skin.
– Add in aromas that you find pleasing or that suit a particular massage therapy situation.
- A few drops of lemon and lavender can add a pleasant scent.
- Flower petals can be used for the same effect.
Once you’ve found the oil and scent combination you are looking for, keep the oil stored in a cool, dry place. When it’s time for a massage therapy session, heat it up in the microwave (20 to 30 seconds tops – you don’t want it to be too hot). Again, this will add not only a general pleasantness to your massages, but aromatherapy coupled with massage therapy has been proven to reduce stress and strengthen health.
With pleasantness and health on its side, aromatherapy can be a truly valuable addition to any massage therapy service that you offer or are considering. Add it in as a cheap addition that can help make your table and chair massages even better.