Many massage therapists use aromatic and essential oils to complement their massage practice. People who experience depression may see improvements when adding aromatherapy massage to their current regimes of psychotherapy and medication. The brain areas responsible for scent, emotion, and memory are closely related. Experts believe certain aromas trigger positive memories and feelings and may contribute to anxiety relief. Everyone has different personal associations with various scents. This, coupled with a certain level of belief in aromatherapy treatments, helps determine the amount of healing a particular person may experience.
Researchers have conducted a number of clinical studies on aromatherapy. They’ve found that essential oils have a positive effect on many people.