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Use Aromatherapy Massage For A Soothing Rubdown
by Jack Brooks
A good rubdown is both physically and psychologically valuable for the body. Trained massage therapists usually get hundreds of hours of instruction prior to working on people and these therapists often work with essential oils, such as this often-used blend that is diluted and blended in the following proportions:
You, too, can use an aromatic oil blend for yourself or to massage another. They’re readily available at Health Food Stores and also online from numerous essential oil suppliers. Firstly, a little background:
The foundations of aromatherapy date back thousands of years, although the term was not used until the 20th century. The Chinese may have been one of the earliest civilizations to use fragrant plants for well-being. The Egyptians later invented a simple refining machine that permitted the basic removal of cedar wood oil. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, myrrh, and cedar-wood oils were used by the Egyptians to preserve the dead.
The word “aromatherapy” was first used in the 1920s by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé, who dedicated his life to studying the curative properties of essential oils following a fortunate mishap in his perfume laboratory. The major branches of aromatherapy include:
Stress is the response that your body has to all the demands placed on it daily. Research shows that aromatherapy massage can be effective care for a wide variety of illnesses, injuries and conditions, particularly for stress. Your aromatherapy self-massage or administering it to another can supply significant benefits if a massage therapist is not available; however, be aware of some safety measures concerning aromatherapy massage:
Massage is derived from our primal instincts. It is innate in human nature to use our touch to heal and soothe ourselves and others. The essential oils used in aromatherapy massage give a complete holistic approach by calming the mind as the skin soaks up the oils, which takes about two hours after the massage for the body’s tissue/cells to derive the majority of the physical benefit. So, give the gift of aromatherapy massage freely, either to yourself or another.
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