Aromatherapy is defined as 'the use of essential oils and other aromantic compounds to improve psychological wellbeing'. It's often used in compliment with massage therapy.
Aromatherapy has been around for nearly 6,000 years! It has been used all around the world by different cultures - such as the ancient Chinese, Egyptians, Indians, Greeks, and Romans. In 1928, French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé founded the science of Aromatherapy. By 1950 - doctors, nurses, beautician's, physiotherapists, and other healthcare providers were incorporating aromatherapy into their practice. Aromatherapy took off in the United States in 1980 and continues to thrive today.
According to this source, many believe that aromatherapy benefits are tied to our sense of smell (hence aroma in the name). When you breathe in the scent of essential oils, some researchers believe that it stimulates the areas of your brain that hold emotions and memories - as well as connects to your physical, mental, and emotional health.
The most common applications of essential oils are topical (on your skin) and olfactory (by taking in their scents). Aromatherapy has been known to improve mood, relieve pain, and promote relaxation. It's also been shown to help relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression! These extra benefits enhance your massage and have you feeling better than ever!
However, aromatherapy isn't for everyone. Pregnant women are often very sensitive and may become overwhelmed or overstimulated if the aroma is too strong. People that have severe asthma are also not a good fit for aromatherapy. Essential oils are known to come with a warning label, so be sure to consult your doctor and massage therapist before using them.
At Jade Oasis Wellness, we offer aromatherapy as an add-on to any massage that you book! Request aromatherapy with your massage when you book online here or call us at 425-679-6198!
Remember - pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional!