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Relax Your Mind and Body With Aromatherapy!

Posted by Alternative Medicine on January 27, 2011 in Aromatherapy with No Comments


Aromatherapy is one of the most in-demand services you can get from a day spa. The therapy is exceptional because it makes use of the scent of essential oils and herbs to relax both the mind and the body. It usually comes in a form of hydrosoluble oil or in a form of lotion which is massaged over the entire body.

The Senses of Touch and Smell

Aromatherapy is a proven and effective way to get rid of stress. Spa-goers often opt for this treatment because they claim that it offers deeper relaxation when compared to a regular massage alone. Although this claim is subjective, it also has a good basis. Aromatherapy is a combination of both the sense of touch and the sense of smell to achieve stress relief and relaxation.

The Limbic System and How it Works

Some people discount aromatherapy as a mere placebo that doesn’t really have any effect on the body. Other experts dispute this, stating that the olfactory nerves are wired to a part of the brain called the limbic system which is in charge of our emotions as well as our nervous system and hormones. When a scent is smelled by an individual, it can influence that person’s mood in a way dependent upon the scent being smelled.

Common Aromatherapy Scents

Here are some of the common scents used during an aromatherapy session. Depending on your therapist or your preference, these scents can be used alone or can be combined with other essential oils.

  • Lemon – Most people who have tried the scent of lemon say it has an energizing effect on their body as well as a disinfectant whenever applied to the skin.
  • Lavender – Lavender is primarily used as a stress reliever which is why it’s a common offering at spas.
  • Jasmine – This scent has an aphrodisiac effect but is used more for its relaxing and soothing effect.
  • Chamomile – An aroma used widely for its relaxing scent and also to help promote better sleep.
  • Basil – Known to improve focus and concentration.
  • Sandalwood – The scent of burned sandalwood can be described as a sweet woody scent known to promote relaxation and a peaceful atmosphere.
  • Rose – Rose is popularly known to have a soothing and calming aroma.
  • Peppermint – Like lemon, most people who have tried peppermint say that it helps increase their energy.

 

Use Scents Alone or Combined

Once you opt for aromatherapy, you can choose between one individual scent or for a combination of these scents. The scents come in a form of hydrosoluble oil or lotion and will be used to massage over your entire body. During the treatment, all you have to do is empty your mind and be carried away by the soothing aroma that fills the room along with the relaxing massage.

Not Appropriate with Certain Skin Conditions

Since aromatherapy involves essence from various herbs and plants and is rubbed directly onto the skin, it is inappropriate for individuals with skin allergies, those with fresh sunburns, and people with sensitive skin. Application on body areas with bruises, open wounds, and skin rashes should also be avoided. If you have any of these conditions, inform your therapist ahead of time, or better yet ask for your doctor’s consent first.

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