Aromatherapy massage for increased muscle tension
Aromatherapy massage for increased muscle tension

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What is an aromatherapy massage?

Aromatherapy massage is a special form of natural therapy that combines the beneficial properties of oils with the healing effects of touch. Considered one of the most pleasant relaxation methods, it reduces muscle tension, relaxes the body and mind, has a positive effect on the skin and restores the body's natural harmony. 
Traditional aromatherapy pressure points focus on the spine - these are the areas that are massaged during this treatment. As a result, not only muscle tension is released, but also general physical and emotional tension.
Massage for increased muscle tension involves physical movements: deep kneading and rubbing, which increase blood flow and warm the massaged area. Opening movements release muscle tension through vibration.
Aromatherapy massage uses special preparations containing natural substances such as black pepper, rosemary, lavender or ginger, among others.

Effects of aromatherapy massage

Aromatherapy massage has a wide spectrum of effects. It contributes to improved blood flow, reduces physical and emotional tension. It reduces stress and puts the body and mind into a state of deep relaxation. Aromatherapy in massage has a positive effect on the skin and also indirectly contributes to the reduction of body fat, helping patients to motivate themselves to continue physical activity.
Aromatherapy in massage has a wide range of applications. Depending on the natural substances used in the oils, the patient obtains a different therapeutic effect:
Black pepper, rosemary, ginger: improving blood flow, warming up the muscles, helping to dissipate lactic acid
Lavender: anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, calming, sedative, relief of migraines, anxiety, restlessness, help with insomnia
Lemon balm: antiseptic and sedative properties, relief of rheumatic pains and menopausal complaints.
Bergamot: aid in the treatment of depressive conditions, obesity, acceleration of wound healing, smoothing of the skin
As a result, aromatherapy massage promotes the alignment of energy states, calms and relieves pain. 
Aromatherapy in massage also shows many positive long-term effects. These include strengthening the immune system, restoring proper circulation and blood pressure, optimising oxygen supply to tissues, reducing mental and physical fatigue and even improving the absorption of cosmetics.

Aromatherapy massage - indications

  • Muscle tension
  • Muscle pains 
  • Pain after physical activity
  • Stress, emotional tension
  • The need to relax with a weekly massage

The aromatherapy massage is particularly recommended for patients struggling with tense, aching muscles, as well as joint, neck, shoulder, lower back, arm and leg complaints. Massage for increased muscle tension is the optimal way to recover from intense physical or mental exertion. 

Recommended treatment frequency

The optimum therapeutic effect of aromatherapy in massage is achieved with 1 to 3 sessions per week. In the case of chronic ailments, it is recommended to spread the treatments over time. Regular massages have a positive health effect, have a positive impact on the body and mind and help to create a sense of balance and harmony.

Aromatherapy massage - contraindications

Before choosing a particular aromatherapy massage oil, it is necessary to consult a specialist. Allergic reactions and the risk of skin irritation during the use of a particular oil must be ruled out.

Aromatherapy massage is not recommended for people who have suffered an injury in the last 48 hours, as well as for pregnant patients.
Other contraindications to massage for increased muscle tension are:
  • post-operative conditions
  • fresh cuts and scrapes 
  • epilepsy
  • taking psychotropic drugs
  • varicose veins and a tendency to blood clots
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • very high or very low blood pressure
  • active infections (also skin infections)
  • active arthritis

FAQ - frequently asked questions about aromatherapy massage

A day before the planned aromatherapy massage, you should perform an allergy test - apply the chosen, previously prepared oil to the skin and observe its reaction. If there is an allergic reaction or irritation, the type of preparation must be changed before the massage. The massage itself, on the other hand, requires no special preparation. For your own comfort, it is advisable, first of all, to take care of hygiene and, if necessary, to remove unnecessary hair. In the case of a facial massage, contact lenses should be removed.

In order to maintain the longest possible positive effect of the aromatherapy massage, it is advisable to take care of your personal space so that it is conducive to regeneration and relaxation. For a few hours after the treatment, it is a good idea to avoid physical activity.

The aromatherapeutic massage resembles a classic massage. Its intensity and type of movements depend on the individual needs of the Patient, his or her state of health and well-being. Additionally, aromatherapy is used in the massage - special mixtures of oils, according to the expected effects of the treatment and the Patient's scent preferences. The aromatherapy massage is a pleasant and relaxing treatment.

The duration of the aromatherapy massage is pre-determined during the consultation with the doctor. Usually such a treatment lasts between 30 and 60 minutes - depending on the individual conditions of the patient.

In order to achieve an optimal therapeutic effect, the Patient should not stop at just one aromatherapy massage session. Depending on the expected results, it is best to repeat the sessions several or even a dozen times. For those struggling with chronic stress or increased muscle tension, aromatherapy massage can become a regular ritual.

The patient feels a sense of relaxation and tension relief already during the aromatherapy massage itself. Long-term effects such as stimulation of blood flow, increased oxygen supply to the brain and tissues, improvement of the muscular and immune systems or detoxification of the body become noticeable after about 1-2 weeks. The results will be better with a higher frequency of massages.