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Aromatherapy and Touch Health

Oct 29, 2014 09:03PM

Massage and essential oils have been used together for hundreds of years, and for good reason, as they complement each other well. Both massage and essential oils improve circulation, detoxification and lymphatic drainage, as well as relieve depression and anxiety, reduce stress, energetically sedate or stimulate and restore physical and emotional well-being.

The power of massage and essential oils used together provides exciting possibilities for health and wellness. Essential oils detoxify even more deeply when combined with massage, and essential oils are a powerful catalyst for massage.

For example, a lymphatic spinal flush is a massage technique that manually pushes metabolic waste away from the spine opening up the capillaries and cells to receive fresh blood flow and the nutrition that comes with it. Adding essential oils to this massage technique gives us the benefits of antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties found in oils like oregano, thyme and basil that penetrate not just muscle tissue, but nerves, blood vessels and blood flow to bones. When toxins are pushed away from the spine, it will decompress; nerve pressure will be lightened and blood will flow more freely. Studies reported in the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health have shown that essential oils used with massage influence the cellular and humeral compartments of the immune function in both normal and pathological states.

With hundreds of essential oils available to us for an undiscovered amount of health concerns, it can be confusing and overwhelming. Which ones go where and are best for our health goals? A therapist trained in aromatherapy and essential oils is invaluable when it comes to knowing what trigger points work best with what oils and how to apply the oils to the feet, chest, face or spine.

Essential oils used during a massage can prolong beneficial effects for up to 48 hours after treatment, so long as it is not removed with soaps. To extend the benefits of a massage, for example, essential oils like wintergreen for pain relief and peppermint for circulation and relaxation will keep working after the massage has ended. In addition to making us smell like the garden of Eden, therapeutic, edible, essential oils applied to the skin through massage is an offering of love to any body.

Resource: Hannah Thompson, a licensed massage therapist, certified nationally in therapeutic massage and bodywork; and Caleb Thompson, a Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education intern and spiritual healer, operate a home-based clinic in Austin for massage and raindrop technique, and are also Young Living Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oil distributors. For more information, visit

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