3 Relaxing Essential Oils for a Therapeutic Massage
**Please note that in our office chair massage no oils are used to avoid mess and inconvenience. This article has been written for informative purposes only.**
What Are Essential Oils
Essential oils are a must when it comes to massage therapy. These oils can be very powerful as they contain the essence of the plant; both the aroma/fragrance of the plant as well as its healing/therapeutic properties. You could say an essential oil equals plant power.
Essential oils are combined with carrier oils like jojoba oil or grapeseed oil before applied to the body. There are many carrier oils including avocado oil, sesame oil, rapeseed oil and evening primrose oil. The idea is to dissolve the essential oil into the carrier oil as essential oils shouldn't be applied directly into the skin.
Popular essential oils include lavender, peppermint, clove, bergamot and eucalyptus. Essential oils are known for their therapeutic effects, they help with general wellness and have been used for health reasons for many thousands of years.
Essential oils have been extracted from plants' seeds, resin, peels, leaves, bark, roots or flowers. The most common way of extracting the oil is by distillation.
Using essential oils
Oils can also be blend to create the desired mix. For example, these essential oils can be mixed together for a calming effect: Petigrain, Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Melissa , Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Jasmine.
Below we'll introduce 3 well known oils and add some of their properties in bulleted points. Oils have many properties and it would be impossible to cover an oil in depth in such a short amount of space but we can at least pinpoint the essentials.
1. Lavender Essential Oil
This is one of the most popular oils. Lavender has a calming effect and can help with restlessness as well as irritability.
- Can relieve stress
- Joint pain relief
- Relief for acne and wounds
- Treats sprains and muscle injuries
- Improves blood circulation
2. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
This oil comes from the Ylang Ylang tree found in Asia. This oil helps with insomnia and fatigue. Ylang Ylang oil has a sweet aroma. Here are a few of its properties:
- Maintains skin moisture
- Clears acne
3. Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot can be found in Earl Grey tea and it has a very distinctive fragrance, sweet and citrus at the same time. This oil has a number of beneficial active chemicals in it and can be inhaled for an instant boost of positivity.
- Helps with insomnia
- Induces relaxation
- Natural insect repellent
- Soothing effect
Other Essential Oils
Other essential oils that can be used for a therapeutic massage are: Hinoki (calms nerves), Angelica (promotes happiness), Geranium (promotes better circulation) and Coriander (promotes a healthy digestive system).
There are many essential oils that help with the therapeutic massage, the above mentioned are just 3 of the oils that help relax the individual when applied.
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