The Benefits of Aromatherapy & Massage


Aromatherapy Metro East ILAromatherapy is defined as: the inhalation of fragrances and absorption through massage, of essential oils from specified plants for physical healing and personal well-being. The use of essential plant oils dates back 6,000 years ago. Found to have mystical healing properties by the ancient Chinese to cure many illness and skin afflictions, Egyptians and Romans took a more practical approach, using these essential oils for perfumes, cosmetics and hi-potency drugs. Aromatherapy also encourages the use of other harmonizing natural ingredients, including cold pressed vegetable oils, herbs, milk powders, sea salts and a wide array of clays and muds.

How Aromatherapy Works

When inhaled, the fragrances of essential oils travels across sensitive nerves on the inner lining of the nose to the portion of the brain that controls moods, memories and the ability to learn called the Limbic System. When stimulated by the Aromatherapy essential oils fragrances, the Limbic System releases endorphins transmitters and other “feel-good” chemicals found in the human body. Essential oils are not mind-altering drugs, nor bring about changes in behavior patterns or other unfavorable side effects. When used as an inhalant in conjunction with a deep-cleansing massage, the essential oils of Aromatherapy produce true inner-peace within a state of complete tranquility.

Aromatherapy Uses

According to the Mayo Clinic, Aromatherapy has shown to possibly have some health benefits in relief from anxiety and depression with an overall improved quality of life. Although not approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Aromatherapy is reported to relieve minor discomforts with improvement of the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems. Not sanctioned or approved by any leading medical institution with verifiable medical evidence to substantiate claims, Aromatherapy, combined with deep massage, offers deep spiritual well-being with a high degree of inner peace and total relaxation. Predominately used in health spas in conjunction with an essential oils deep-cleansing massage, Aromatherapy is the ability to heal from within.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is not an alternative to proper heath care, nor are such statements implied. Aromatherapy does not “cure” major illnesses however does remain effective in alleviating many of their associated discomforts. With many benefits of Aromatherapy reported, the most common include:

•    Improves skin tone and texture.
•    Regulates hormones.
•    Relieves menstrual cramps.
•    Relieves tension headaches.
•    Improves sleep.
•    Aids in blood circulation.
•    Stimulates the immune system.

Aromatherapy Side Effects and Cautions

The benefits of Aromatherapy may and often do vary from individual to individual. Consultation with a licensed physician is strongly recommended before beginning any Aromatherapy sessions/treatments. Aromatherapy is not recommended for young children nor should most essential oils be taken orally. Common side effects of Aromatherapy may include allergic reaction, skin irritation and sun sensitivity.

Aromatherapy can provide a few moments of welcome inner-peace, offering relief from stress that becomes compounded over time. Safe and effective, Aromatherapy is a means of escape, a means to experience true well-being and self-worth, and a means to rediscover the simple joys of engaging the senses. Preferred Spine & Rehab provides Aromatherapy for residents of Fairview Heights, Swansea, O'Fallon, Belleville, Shiloh, Collinsville, and the surrounding Metro East Illinois communities.