Aromatherapy

5 Essential Oils and Their Amazing Health Benefits

Essential Oils are a natural, chemical-free alternative to treating many every day issues including stress, acne, and nausea. The oils come straight from plants and have recently become popular with aromatherapy. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Peppermint- Used to soothe stomach aches and sore muscles, as well as help with PMS and headaches. Put a drop of peppermint oil into a pot of boiling water and breathe in the steam (careful not to get too close!).

2. Lavender- Calms the nervous system, and helps improve sleep and joint pain. Lavender is also known to help with acne, respiratory problems, and urinary disorders.

3. Sesame- A natural moisturizer, great for hair and skin treatments. It’s also believed to help lower stress levels and high blood pressure.

4. Lemon Balm- Aids in anxiety and depression, as well as insomnia and headaches.

5. Clove- A natural antiseptic, used to help treat minor bug bites, cuts, and scrapes.

What are your favorite essential oils?

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Aroma Therapy: Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate with Essential Oils

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AromaTherapy could greatly add to the benefits you receive during your massage sessions. The fragrant oils naturally extracted from herbs flowers, and fruits can increase circulation, promote relaxation and decrease pain and agitation.

At Massage Envy, you can choose from any of our four essential oil blends to enhance your massage experience.

Our blends range from Anxiety Release, which eases nervousness and apprehension to Mint and Rosemary which aims to enliven the body and mind. If you need to focus on release from any discomfort caused by pain aches and pains and to keep it simple it’s aptly named Aches and Pains. If it’s restful sleep you need, Lavender Garden will help calm your mind and get your drifting off to la-la land in no time.

For more information on any of the blends in our AromaTherapy collection visit http://www.massageenvy.com/types-of-massage/choices/aromatherapy.aspx or stop in to talk to one of our professional massage therapists about the benefits of AromaTherapy!

This Valentines Day Give the Gift of Relaxation

Massage Envy Gift Cards: The Perfect Gift for Your Valentine

This February 14th help your Valentine de-stress and give them the gift of relaxation with Massage Envy! With SO many benefits, a massage with Massage Envy is the perfect gift for anyone you love and giving the gift of relaxation has never been easier!

With a gift card from Massage Envy, your sweetheart can choose from any of our massage types and add upgrades like AromaTherapy and Deep Muscle Therapy. Our AromaTherapy essential oils are a great way for your Valentine to boost the benefits of their time with the massage therapist. For a Valentine who experiences pain from injuries and chronic conditions, our Deep Muscle treatment combines full-body massage with warming and cooling thermal products to provide deep muscle pain relief.

If you are also in need of a little relaxation, a couples massage is a great way to spend quality time together. You can stop by any of our 13 Central Florida locations to pick up gift cards and memberships for your sweetie.

To make it even easier to give the perfect valentine, Massage Envy now has the option to deliver gift cards electronically. It’s free to order your gift card online and have it delivered to your Valentines email the next day! Visit https://www.massageenvy.com/gift-cards.aspx

Massages can provide Allergy Relief

If you are one of 40 million Americans who suffer from indoor/outdoor allergies, you are already aware that the season is among us. It’s time to break out the Benadryl, tissues and eye drops but who knew that making an appointment for a massage was among allergy relief treatments?

 

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage therapists can help relieve some allergy symptoms by reducing stress, increasing circulation, releasing muscle tension and reprogramming the body’s panic reaction, which can exacerbate symptoms.

 

While there are few studies researching massage therapy and allergy relief, we do know that massage helps to relieve stress and stress definitely impacts your allergies. Also, just lying in the face down position can provide immediate relief from sinus congestion related to allergies. This position also allows your therapist to work on the upper back and shoulders, where many sinus trigger points are located.

 

You also may want to add aromatherapy to your massage session. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, pine, menthol, peppermint and lemon placed on points such as temples, neck and ears can open up your sinus cavities and create excellent movement within.

Get the most of your next session by adding a scent

Roses. Fresh-cut grass. Your mother’s perfume. Mint. An orange being peeled.

These are smells many of us can imagine. Whether good or bad in our minds, smells can take us back to an event in time and provoke emotion. They can wake us up – or relax us. And that’s what’s at work behind aromatherapy.

“Fragrance is processed in an area of the brain that also processes memory and emotion,” says Mindy Green, co-author of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art and owner of botanicals consulting company Green Scentsations.

“It’s a lock-and-key system,” adds Kathy Padecky, certified massage therapist and instructor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. “You can smell a scent and immediately feel an emotion.”

Aromatherapy and Its History

It’s important to note that aromatherapy isn’t just about any smell, Green says. A number of perfumed products on the market, she says, have diluted the reputation of aromatherapy – and given consumers the wrong impression.

“True aromatherapy is only gained by essential oils derived from nature,” she says. “You might find a fragrance that smells nice and even evokes a memory, but you don’t get the same therapeutic effect from a synthetic.”

So, what are essential oils? They’re complex mixtures of chemical compounds found in aromatic plants, writes Anne Williams, author of Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists. Specialized structures that store essential oils are found in leaves, needles, twigs, bark, heartwood, flowers, fruits, stems, roots, flowering tops, zests and peels.

While plants have been used as medicine since early civilizations, modern aromatherapy owes its beginning to French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé. Already familiar with chemicals because of his exposure to his family’s perfumery business, he began experimenting with oils to heal wounds, later coining the term aromatherapy.

The Benefits and Caveats

Essential oils have various uses. “For example, some essential oils are topical analgesics,” Williams writes. “When they are applied to soft tissue they decrease sensations of pain. Oils like lavender, Roman or German chamomile, and sweet marjoram sedate the body and decrease stress because they stimulate an area of the brain which causes the release of serotonin.”

During a massage, an oil like lavender can help you relax in order to maximize the effects of your massage. And at the end of a massage, a stimulating oil might be used to help you wake up.

But, Green warns, not all scents are for everyone.

“Everybody has different scent perceptions,” she says. So, if you favor a certain scent over another, go with your preference. Something you dislike may not relax you just because it relaxes someone else.

And, Padecky notes, pregnant women are advised not to use aromatherapy, particularly during the first trimester. In addition, people with allergies or asthma may find triggers in certain oils and should be cautious. Plus, some oils, such as citrus oils, can make skin particularly sensitive to the sun.

For most people, however, aromatherapy has tremendous therapeutic benefits especially when
combined with a massage therapy session. “The whole premise of taking a deep breath and slowing down is part of meditation,” Green says. “Then, you add that to inhaling something you find pleasant, and stress just melts away.”

Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy doesn’t just smell good, it can also benefit you in many ways. Some common aromatherapy benefits include:

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Mood enhancement, balance and well being
  • Boosting the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems
  • Relief of minor discomforts

Aromatherapy is a great, natural compliment or alternative to other health treatment options such as certain prescribed medications. However, aromatherapy doesn’t “cure” major illnesses but it is effective at alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them. Essential oilsare the heart of aromatherapy. They have been used to:

  • Heal wounds
  • Improve skin tone
  • Regulate hormones
  • Relieve menstrual cramps
  • Decrease congestion
  • Relieve tension headaches
  • Energize
  • Relax muscles
  • Improve sleep
  • Kill fungal & bacterial infections

Types of Aroma Therapy

Aches & Pains

This warm blend of clove, sweet birch, rosemary and cypress aims to promote blood circulation and aid tissue recovery after physical exertion. It helps relieve a lot of muscle and joint pain.

Anxiety Release

Lavender, chamomile, and vetiver are blended together to create a sense of inner peace and harmony while decreasing irritability, nervousness and apprehension. This aromatherapy will leave you completely relaxed.

Lavender Garden

This blend of patchouli, grapefruit, and sweet orange bring pain relief and a decrease in inflammation to the receiver. The lavindin promotes restful sleep, supports the respiratory system, and aids in natural detoxification.

Mint & Rosemary

Mint oils and rosemary make for the perfect combination to enliven the body and mind. The Menthol in peppermint brings pain relief to the body, increases circulation, and cools the body. According to research, this mix also stimulates the part of the brain that causes people in one study to be more effective when performing tasks that require sustained attention.