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Aromatherapy Massage: How Scents Affect Your Health

by | Jan 15, 2021 | Massage

Did you know that the human nose can distinguish more than a trillion different scents and odors?

Our ability to smell has a powerful influence on our mood, emotions, and memories. While our other senses must be consciously processed, the nerves that allow us to smell have a direct connection to our brains.

This is what makes aromatherapy (and treatments like aromatherapy massage) so effective. Not only does it feel and smell terrific, but those powerful scents can have a direct impact on our well-being.

Let’s take a closer look at aromatherapy, how it can benefit you, and where you can get the best aromatherapy massage in the Vail Valley.

What Is Aromatherapy?

The term “aromatherapy” wasn’t coined until the 1930s, but humans have a long history of extracting essential oils from plants and flowers.

The ancient Egyptians used plant oils in the embalming process. In China and India, fragrant plant oils were (and still are) an essential part of religious ceremonies. In 19th-century Europe, physicians used lavender oil to treat burns and other skin conditions.

Put simply, aromatherapy uses pure, natural plant extracts to promote good health and well-being. Different essential oils are used to encourage relaxation, reduce pain, or ease anxiety. Research studies support the idea that fragrances can positively impact our mood and immune function.

Aromatherapy massage not only allows the user to inhale the pleasant scents but also to absorb the oils through their skin. Aromatherapy can easily be added to any type of massage you prefer, whether it’s a relaxing Swedish massage, invigorating sports massage, or even prenatal massage for expectant mothers.

Common Essential Oils & Their Uses

Now that you’re more familiar with aromatherapy, let’s go right to the source: essential oils.

When you book an aromatherapy massage, you’ll have your choice of fragrant essential oils to add to your treatment. Here’s a brief overview of the most common oils and how they can benefit you:

  • Lavender: Promotes relaxation, reduces insomnia, eases anxiety, soothes eczema
  • Sweet Orange: Lifts mood, alleviates depression, brightens skin, calms the mind
  • Peppermint: Soothes headaches, reduces nausea, relieves muscle soreness, eases cold symptoms
  • Lemongrass: Balances emotions, relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, anti-inflammatory

There are also essential oil blends with a variety of different oils to relax or energize your body and mind. If you’re unsure which scent is right for you, you’ll have the chance to ask questions and sample the scents before your treatment begins.

Treat Yourself to an Aromatherapy Massage in Vail

Any type of massage is beneficial for your health, but aromatherapy takes your experience to the next level.

At Apres Massage, we offer an array of different essential oils you may choose to add to your massage treatment. Your therapist will blend the essential oil of your choice with massage oil or lotion to nourish your body and mind.

Would you like to learn more about aromatherapy massage or the other luxurious services we offer? Call us at 970-445-2114 or use our online scheduler to make a booking. We look forward to welcoming you to our boutique spa!