Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists

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One of the most effective ways to administer essential oils is through massage. Essential oils are a powerful addition to massage therapy. The therapeutic elements in the oils are absorbed through the skin, enter the blood stream, and diffuse throughout the body. Therefore, adding essential oils to a massage treatment is an enhancing healing technique.

Many massage therapists “experiment” with essential oils, typically diffusing them in the room in which the massage takes place. To be confident and successful in using essential oils safely, and to achieve the maximum benefit, massage therapists would benefit from an aromatherapy seminar.

What is Aromatherapy?

There are many different definitions of Aromatherapy. All of them center around the fact that Aromatherapy is the use of all-natural essential oils which are combined into formulas that you can apply in a variety of ways to bring about positive changes in mental, emotional, and physical health, as well as beauty and skin care. Aromatherapy is a healing art and science that has been used since the beginning of time. In fact, it has been documented that essential oils were the first “medicine” ever used.

Many people think that Aromatherapy has to do with smell. With a name like “aromatherapy”, I can see where this myth is founded. I love to watch people’s expression when I tell them that Aromatherapy has little to do with smell. Their confusion is understandable. I would much prefer to call this healing strategy Essential Oil Therapy because it is the chemical compositions of the essential oils that we rely on for healing.

No matter how much you inhale an aromatherapy blend, that method of using essential oils will never help lower back pain. But when you mix several oils that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, and massage that blend into the back, then you are going to get some great results.

Cautions of Using Aromatherapy in Massage

The biggest concern that a massage therapist would have when it comes to using essential oils during the massage is to ensure that they are using oils that are safe for their customer. Pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, people with epilepsy, or people on certain prescribed medications have to be very careful in choosing essential oils that are safe in their condition.

A massage therapist should never put essential oils on a person without their awareness and should never consider using essential oils without checking about the person’s current physical, emotional, and mental health. For example, if a person you are giving a massage two is taking a prescribed medication for energy and you use a calming oil, such as Clary Sage or Lavender, you would be counteracting the medication.

Participate in a Seminar

Judith offers aromatherapy seminars on demand. A group of eight participants is all it takes to contact her and ask to arrange a seminar. The seminars are typically 1 ½ – 2 hours, lots of fun, but most importantly, packed with critical information you need to know about essential oils. As an added bonus, you get to make three blends that you take home with you. Judith holds a Master’s Degree in Education, has extensive experience as a keynote speaker, and has two certifications in aromatherapy. She brings all of this into her seminars. Judith can also customize her seminar to meet her audience’s needs.

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