Aromatherapy massage is used for a variety of different reasons, including relaxation, pain management, and improved mood. It can be added to a traditional, or Swedish, massage therapy treatment as an additional service. Whether essential oils are used in a diffuser or added right into the oil a therapist uses, there are huge benefits of aromatherapy. 

Some of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy include:

  • citrusy scent like orange or lemon for boosting your mood, 
  • lavender for relaxation
  • eucalyptus for pain management

Aromatherapy has been known to improve conditions such as anxiety/ depression, insomnia, nausea, pain and overall mood.

There are few risks associated with aromatherapy massage but one consideration is possible sensitivity to the essential oils used during your session. Possible symptoms of an allergic reaction to essential oils include rash, hives, redness , swelling and itchiness.

Generally aromatherapy is safe during a massage, however, if you’re pregnant its best to speak to a doctor about which oils may be safe ahead of time. There’s concern that essential oils can cross over into the placenta and result in fetal harm.

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