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What Is Aromatherapy Massage? 

An Aromatherapy Massage is a treatment that combines soothing Swedish massage techniques with essential oil aromatherapy. The massage technique involves alternating between gentle and firmer pressure while using a tailored blend of essential oils. 
Aromatherapeutic massages are widely known for their healing capabilities. Whether you are suffering from anxiety, stress, insomnia, or joint pain, Aromatherapy Massages deliver the ultimate relaxation experience. 
During treatment, essential oils are absorbed through your skin. Depending on the essential oils you select, each imparts specific benefits to your mind and body, improving mood, alleviating pain and detoxifying. 
Here at the Mind Body and Soul, we offer specialist Aromatherapy Massage to clients across Colchester and surrounding areas. Our expert masseurs have a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, leaving you relaxed, refreshed, and reinvigorated after every session. 

How Does An Aromatherapy Massage work? 

One of the most popular spa treatments available, Aromatherapy Massage seamlessly combines the power of essential oils with massage therapy. There is clear evidence of essential oils aiding people in their body’s healing process. 
Aromatherapy works by stimulating receptors in the nose responsible for the smell. This sends messages to the limbic system, an area of the brain that controls the drive for survival, emotions, and instinct. Although not fully understood, many scientists support the influence of aromatherapy on mood in response to particular smells. 
Combining essential oils, candles, and incense with massage therapy can stimulate positive emotions and deep relaxation. Therefore, Aromatherapy Massage can be an extremely useful coping mechanism for mental or physical ailments. 
Aromatherapy Massages offer an additional method of care for health-related issues. The skin absorbs essential oils that can improve its suppleness, the massage provides targeted pain relief, and the aroma mentally stimulates feelings of calm. 

What does an Aromatherapy Massage treat? 

Different essential oils correlate to different healing paths, so you must communicate with your therapist to decide which one will work best. If you have trouble sleeping or relaxing, are suffering from emotional distress or joint pain, your therapist can tailor oils to treat these issues. 
Massage therapy has been linked to a short-term decrease in physical aches and pains and improved mood. Adding an essential oil for an Aromatherapy Massage can potentially enhance the effect. 

What To Expect At Your Aromatherapy Massage Treatment? 

Initial consultation: 

During an initial consultation at our Colchester clinic, your therapist will conduct a postural analysis. From this, they will work with you to understand which muscles require treatment. 
Together we will discuss your treatment area, goals, and how to achieve the best possible result for you. Our experts will talk you through the Aromatherapy Massage procedure and happily answer any questions. 
Before your Aromatherapy Massage, it is important to stay hydrated. A deep tissue massage releases toxins from your muscles. Making sure that you are hydrated when you go into the massage makes it easier for your body to flush out these toxins as quickly and efficiently as possible. Well-hydrated muscles are also more pliable, making it easier for your therapist to treat the toughest knots without causing discomfort. 
Aromatherapy has very few precautions attached to it. However, it is important to ensure that you are not allergic to any essential oils before treatment. Throughout your massage, not only will you be inhaling the scent of the oils, but they will be in direct contact with your body. It is not safe to expose yourself to any substances you may be allergic to. 
Although prenatal massage is considered safe, if you are interested in an Aromatherapy Massage while pregnant, please consult your doctor first about which oils may be safe. 

During your Treatment: 

Once you select your fragrant essential oils, the therapist will leave the room and add them to the massage cream or oil. This gives you time to un-robe and situate yourself on the massage table. 
Once you are ready, your therapist begins warming up your muscles with light compressions. They will then gradually transition to a combination of long gliding strokes, kneading, and friction, using aromatic massage oil throughout. 
During your Aromatherapy Massage, you will inhale these essential oil molecules and absorb them through your skin. Essential oils are thought to promote beneficial changes in your mind and body, positively affecting the limbic system, a region of the brain thought to be responsible for emotion. 
Your Aromatherapy Massage will last between 30 minutes to an hour. Once complete, your therapist will leave the room, allowing you to dress. 

After your Treatment: 

Once your treatment is complete, your therapist will discuss a self-care plan with you and recommend follow-up treatments, if necessary. 
After your Aromatherapy Massage, it is important to avoid alcohol and caffeine for at least 24 hours as your body is detoxifying. We also recommend drinking plenty of water to assist in the elimination of toxins. 
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