Oil and aroma massages can be some of the most relaxing, because they engage not only your tactile senses, but also your sense of smell, to alleviate stress in the body. The addition of specific scents can enhance the calming effects of your massage experience. This post will explore some of the different scents used in our aroma massages, where they come from, and their unique benefits.
The scents used in aroma massage come from essential oils, which are derived from various pleasant smelling herbs and flowers. Essential oils are created by steaming or pressing various parts of the plants they’re created from to collect the compounds that produce the fragrance. They are very concentrated, so only a very small amount of essential oil is necessary to create the desired effect.
In addition to giving a pleasant aroma, aromatherapy oils have a wide variety of health benefits. Typically aromatherapy oils release scent during a massage either when applied to the skin or evaporated into the air using a diffuser. Inhaled compounds are then passed through your nose to the limbic system of the brain, which is connected to emotions, heart rate, breathing, hormone balance and stress. In this way, aromatherapy can be used therapeutically to support relaxation and enhance many other massage benefits.
Scents from different sources can have a variety of benefits for you to choose from depending on your mood. Below is an overview of many essential oil scents that are commonly used during massages.
Lavender is a very common aroma used to promote relaxation. It has a light floral scent that can calm the mind and help you to sleep better. It has also been known to help relieve headaches and ease stress.
The sweet scent of rose adds a pleasant floral atmosphere to any massage. Like lavender, this aroma is known for its calming properties and ability to reduce anxiety. This uplifting scent is a great choice for times when you need to relax.
Jasmine’s rich floral scent is associated with love by many traditional medicine practitioners. Jasmine is known as an aroma that can boost energy levels and lift your spirits. It can be a great aroma for a massage when you are feeling down or need to boost your mental energy.
Lemongrass is a strong herbal scent with bright citrus notes. Lemongrass is frequently used to freshen the air, reduce stress, and uplift your mood. This is a nice aroma to add to a massage when you need to re-energize your mind and body.
Chamomile has a soothing aroma with floral and herbal qualities. It is known as a soothing aroma that is ideal for rest and relaxation. This soft aroma is also thought to support the immune system and promote healthy sleep.
Geranium has a pleasant floral aroma. It is typically used to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Many people also use geranium oil to encourage healing of skin conditions.
Rosemary has an herbal scent with a hint of floral sweetness. It is known for its benefits to the circulatory system and promotion of muscle relaxation. This can be a good aroma option for a massage to calm tense muscles after vigorous exercise.
Eucalyptus has a sharp, camphorous scent similar to peppermint. It is well known for its ability to clear airways and promote respiratory health. Add to a massage to gain mental clarity and ease breathing.
Tea tree oil has a fresh, woody scent that can really awaken your senses. It is known for having antimicrobial and disinfectant properties. Tea tree oil is frequently used in products that are applied to the skin for treatment of acne and sunburn.
Like eucalyptus, sage has a sharp woodsy scent that can bring about a minty cooling sensation. Sage has long been used in traditional medicine practices to clear the energy of a room. It can help promote respiratory health and lift your mood during a massage.
Let’s Relax Spa offers a variety of spa treatment packages that use aromatherapy to soothe your muscles, calm your mind, and leave you feeling refreshed. You can choose from an aromatherapy oil massage, aromatic hot stone massage, or Thai herbal steam sauna to take advantage of the many benefits of aromatherapy. Visit our spa in Phuket to schedule an aromatic massage today.