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Top 4 Ways Of Using Aromatherapy In Your Practice
Essential oils can be a beneficial addition to any massage.
Top 4 Ways Of Using Aromatherapy In Your Practice
Diffusers distributes essential oil molecules into the air, which gives anyone walking into the space beneficial exposure. A diffuser that allows you to change oils quickly is ideal. Diffusers driven by an electric fan use a pad to apply a few drops of oil, and the pad is placed beneath the fan compartment. This type of diffuser allows for a quick change of oils if a therapist encounters a client who finds the current oil offensive to their senses. There are many diffusers on the market, enabling a therapist to purchase one that meets their specific needs.
Have a variety of oils on hand so the single oil can be added as needed. Single-note essential oils, such as lavender or Roman chamomile, can be used to enhance relaxation or alleviate a depressive mood. A couple drops of the essential oil added to 1 ounce of carrier oil is all that is needed to complete a full, relaxing therapeutic session.
Use Blends the same way you use a single-note essential oil. Just place a few drops of the ready-made blend into 1 ounce of a massage carrier oil. Massage the oil into the clients trouble areas or use it on the whole body. A great example would be using a muscle blend of Helichrysum and Wintergreen on an athlete who is complaining of muscle aches. Blends are a group of essential oils that usually have the same chemical components, thus creating a stronger blend. Some common blends to keep on hand would be muscle blends, relaxation blends and rejuvenating blends. It would also be helpful to have special blends on hand for fibromyalgia, sinus pain, and tension and migraine headaches. For therapists who don't have ample training or knowledge of blending, there are many massage mediums on the market that have essential oils already added for you.
Therapists who have ample training can pre-blend massage creams for clients to purchase and continue self-care aromatherapy treatments at home between their therapeutic sessions. This allows them to get the most complete results from their aromatherapy. Therapists who are not trained in blending can purchase pre-blended creams here. Some common retail products that clients may enjoy include diffuser single-note essential oils or diffuser blends, fibromyalgia creams, muscle relief creams and headache or sinus roll-ons. Self-massage lotion that has essential oils blended for relaxation and better sleep is a wonderful product to have on hand for most clients.By Massage Magazine Debora Bogart
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is defined as the inhalation or bodily application, as by massage, of fragrant essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Simplistically, aromatherapy is the use of aroma to enhance a feeling of well-being.
How to use essential oils for aromatherapy massage?
Essential oil blends or single-note essential oils are used in aromatherapy massage by placing a few drops of the chosen oil into an ounce of a massage carrier oil. The blended oil is then applied to trouble areas or used as an all-over body massage depending on the intent of the treatment.
Throughout the massage, essential oils are inhaled and absorbed into the skin affecting the limbic system, a region of the brain known to affect emotion. In addition to adding essential oils to the massage oil, consider diffusing it for further relaxation. Add even more ambiance with luxury treatment enhancements like spritzing an aromatherapy mist on the massage table sheets or fill the air with the scent of an aromatic aromatherapy candle for added ambiance.
What is the difference between a single note essential oil and an essential oil blend?
A single-note is an essential oil consisting of one single extract; while a blend is a mixture of complementary oils used to create solutions for a multitude of treatments. For example, to treat an athlete complaining of muscle pain, choose using a therapeutic blend of Helichrysum and Wintergreen. Some common blends to keep on hand would be pain-relieving, relaxation and rejuvenation blends. Other special blends to have on hand include those for fibromyalgia, sinus pain, and tension and migraine headaches by quality manufacturers like Therapro, Bon Vital' and Lotus Touch. For therapists who don't have ample training or knowledge of blending, there are many massage mediums on the market that have essential oils already added for you like Amber Lavender Aphrodisia Massage Oil or Amber Vanilla Lemongrass Massage Oil.
How do I use an aromatherapy diffuser?
Diffusers distribute essential oil molecules into the air providing beneficial exposure to anyone who walks in the space. Many electric essential oil diffusers work by placing a removable pad with a few drops of oil beneath the fan component of the unit. Some diffusers allow for a quick change of oils if a therapist has minimal time between treatments. Other diffusers, like the sparoom® Piccolo Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, operate by adding a few drops of the desired oil to a reservoir of water in the unit. As the unit warms, a soothing mist is released in the air.
What is a carrier oil?
A carrier oil is an unscented massage oil, like almond, jojoba, coconut or grapeseed oil, to which essential oils are added for the purpose of aromatherapy massage. Many essential oils possess very strong aromas and known adverse effects when applied directly to the skin; diluting them within a carrier oil not only makes the scent palatable and protects the skin from damage but allows for extended working time during treatment.
How do I mix essential oils with carrier oils?
Single-note essential oils, such as lavender or German chamomile, can be used to enhance relaxation or alleviate a depressive mood. A couple drops of the essential oil added to one ounce of carrier oil is all that is needed to complete a full, relaxing therapeutic session. Have a variety of oils on hand so the single oil can be added as needed. To properly mix essential oils with carrier oils, the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy recommends:
2.5 percent dilution: 15 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
3 percent dilution: 20 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
5 percent dilution: 30 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
10 percent dilution: 60 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
.5 to 1 percent dilution: 3 to 6 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
Can I sell aromatherapy products from my business?*
Therapists who have ample training can pre-blend massage creams for clients to purchase and continue self-care aromatherapy treatments at home between their therapeutic sessions. This allows them to get the most complete results from their aromatherapy. Therapists who are not trained in blending can purchase pre-blended creams such as those by Keyano Aromatics or Amber Professional. Other common retail products include diffusers, aromatherapy kits, single-note essential oils or blends, fibromyalgia creams, muscle pain relief creams, bath and shower bombs, bath salts and headache or sinus roll-ons. Self-massage lotions with blended essential oils for relaxation and better sleep are a wonderful product to have on hand and offer a potentially lucrative retail opportunity.
* Answer extracted from original article by Massage Magazine’s Debora Bogart