Aromatherapy massage is the use of essential oils added to a traditional massage session as a complementary treatment. These aromas are all plant-based derivatives from herbs, tree extracts, and flowers. The overall purpose of aromatherapy is meant to improve your physical and mental well-being.
Adding essential oils is thought to enhance the benefits of massage therapy.
During a consultation with the client, we will discuss whatever lifestyle aspects that come up / need to be address in order to gain a good understanding of what to address. We can support many areas and concerns, for example:
Research about the health effects of aromatherapy include; lemon, orange, tangerine (citrus – being stimulating and energy boosting oils) whereas lavender and chamomile are mildly sedative, relaxing and may reduce anxious feelings.
A blend will be made up right there in the room with the client, tailored to suit their individual requirements and preferences. The essential oils used will be 100% pure and without any additives whatsoever and blended with a pure clean carrier oil such as sesame or sweet almond oil. This will then be used for the massage with the oils penetrating through the skin and into the bloodstream to work their magic.
Once again, the massage will still be individual for the client. This is a thorough and deeply relaxing treatment for the senses with the oils being the highlight and very healing and soothing.
This treatment can last anywhere between 60 minutes (minimum) and 90 minutes. You may take home the remainder of your personal oil blend in a little container to use at home in the bath, for example.
While an aromatherapy massage is usually a Deep Tissue or Swedish massage, the following techniques may be used:
This is the sliding or gliding Swedish massage technique which is used to help break up knots and ease tension. These longer, sweeping strokes use both firm and light pressure and can be performed using your fingertips or the palm of the hand.
This is the kneading and squeezing of the muscles and is used for deeper tissue penetration.
Friction in a massage creates heat that will result in relaxation of the muscles and it can also be used as a warm up for the muscles before a deeper massage.
Using the sides of the therapists cupped hands to help loosen and relax muscles that will be energised as a result of this massage.
We offer 60 or 90 aromatherapy massages and you can book in with our brilliant specialist Massage Therapist Ellen.
Awarded “Physio & Wellbeing Clinic of the Year” for 2023, Comfort Health gained this award due to our therapist’s ability to “go over and above for your clients” and our “personal nature”.