Have you heard all about the benefits of aromatherapy? Some people say that certain smells directly affect their mood and perception of wellbeing. Aromatherapy’s effectiveness is not clinically established except in a few key studies indicating it can help relieve anxiety and depression, improve sleep and boost quality of life for chronic illness-sufferers. At Petra’s, we recognize the studies that show its benefits to be true. We can incorporate aromatherapy into your massage to create a more therapeutic environment.
Aromatherapy is the science of using plant-derived essential oils and aromatic essences to promote general wellbeing and balance of the mind and body. Essential oils are extracted from flowers, herbs or trees and are thought to be generally safe for use, though you should check with your doctor if you’re pregnant, prone to allergies or want more information on its possible benefits and risks.
While Western science may have long raised an eyebrow at aromatherapy, the technology has been used for nearly 6,000 years by diverse cultures and peoples.
Essential oils are diluted and applied directly to the body through massage. Meanwhile, the smell triggers smell receptors in nose to send messages to the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that regulates emotions. In essence, aromatherapy may modulate the emotional response. The limbic system is also connected to heart rate, blood pressure, stress, memory, breathing and hormone balance. Inhaling essential oils may also affect these in varying ways.
We do not recommend aromatherapy Oklahoma City for everyone, especially people with skin sensitivity, sun sensitivity, hay fever, asthma, epilepsy and hypertension. In addition, it is not established how aromatherapy may interact with medications. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate essential oils used in aromatherapy. Just because they aren’t regulated (as drugs) does not mean they do not offer therapeutic benefits. Yet because they are natural does not mean they are 100% safe. Consult with a holistic health practitioner for more information.
Using aroma to stimulate the sense is a common practice globally. But side effects may include nausea, headaches and allergic reactions. If you have a nut allergy, ask us what we use for our carrier oil to dilute the essential oil.
Aromatherapy may help people with chronic conditions by reducing pain for people with knee osteoarthritis and for people with kidney stones, to name a few clinical examples. It can also improve life quality for dementia sufferers. Benefits also vary by oil. Many have benefits such as antimicrobial activity and perhaps even antiviral, antifungal, insecticidal, nematicidal and antioxidant properties. In addition, aromatherapy traditionally provides respiratory disinfection and decongestant effects, especially when inhaled as a steam.
Other benefits include reduction in the following set of health problems: nausea, anxiety, agitation, fatigue, insomnia, menstrual problems, menopausal problems, headaches, pain, bodily aches, depression stress, muscular aches, circulatory problems, hair loss and psoriasis.
With our topical application as massage, we increase the skin’s absorption. Any benefits the oil has for skin will apply, whereas other aromatherapy applications may be limited to the nose.
Aromatherapy Oklahoma City may boost the benefits of regular massage therapy. It may stimulate the mind or help calm it--boost energy or help stabilize it. It may even improve your memory and mood! In addition, it may help aid healing and discomfort following inflammation related to a health condition such as psoriasis or eczema. If you’re looking for a massage with possible impact on your circulation, immune system, energy, digestion and cognition, or simply more than one system in your body, aromatherapy is game.
One of our most popular scents, lavender is said to enhance relaxation and sleep. It also reduces symptoms associated with headaches and migraines! For minor cuts and burns, it acts as an antiseptic.
Curious about our other aromatherapy offerings? Looking for a more holistic, complete massage experience? Aromatherapy Oklahoma City can do just the trick! Enjoy an aromatherapy massage at Petra’s Massage Therapy & Weightloss Clinic; we are eager to have you!