How could a massage possibly get even more relaxing?
There are already so many benefits available from a professional massage. Stress relief, better posture, improved circulation, lowered blood pressure to name a few. Massage also relaxes your muscles, improves flexibility and your range of motion, while also promoting deeper and easier breathing. Many who enjoy massage on a regular basis say they’ve experienced relief from headaches, as well as the feelings that come with a stronger immune system. Of course, massage plays an important part in post-operative recovery, as well as enhancing rehabilitation after an injury.
Now, combine all the benefits of massage with aromatherapy and you’ve just taken well-being to an entirely new level.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils taken from herbs, flowers and fruits to naturally enhance your well-being. Some fragrances promote better circulation, help aid tissue recovery and decrease pain, while others help ease nervousness, irritability and apprehension. Lavender has been found to reduce inflammation, while calming the mind and promoting restful sleep. Mint and Rosemary both rejuvenate the body and increase circulation.
By using the right scent that triggers your body’s natural mechanisms, the idea is that you can avoid popping another pill or rubbing on a chemical for symptom relief. In a Japanese study, lemon essential oil was found to reduce stress in mice. Researchers at Ohio State University found that lemon oil enhanced one’s mood, while helping people relax.
Remember how wonderful you felt after that very first massage? The next time you’re scheduled for a massage, ask about enhancing your experience with Aromatherapy. You just may discover a new way to enhance your massage experience.
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