Aromatherapy is the use of plant essences (aka essential oils) for therapeutic purposes. Essential oils may either be inhaled or applied to the skin to help support the immune system, provide stress relief, offer relaxation, enhance sleep, ease muscle tension and pain, and support emotional balance.
Aromatherapy massage is a safe, natural approach for effectively managing pain. When we experience pain, whether it is from an occasional headache or chronic health condition, the discomfort may feel stressful, overwhelming, and exhausting. Massage therapy clients are often looking for help with some aspect of pain. The combination of specific massage techniques, along with particular essential oils with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, help to lessen pain, supporting the body’s ability to rest and heal. According to a study completed in 2016 (Lakhan, Shaheen et al.), found that aromatherapy massage is successful at manually controlling symptoms of pain in a variety of health conditions.