Aromatherapy Massage Techniques
Touch is the most basic human impulse, and massage is a therapeutic extension of touch dating back to ancient times. To experience a massage under qualified and caring hands is a relaxing experience in itself and it can only be enhanced by the addition of essential oils. If you cannot have treatment by a professional aromatherapist, there are some simple massage techniques you can practise at home on yourself or on a partner, using essential oils for beneficial results.
Neck And Shoulder Treatment:
Day-to-day stresses and anxieties often manifest themselves as tension in the neck and shoulder muscles, and treating this area can bring immediate benefits. One of the best times to work on your neck and shoulders is just before going to bed, especially if stress or insomnia are a problem. This will help to relax you and will put your body into a healing mode. Prepare your choice of essential oils with a carrier oil ( see Preparing Oils For Application). Wear loose clothing or a towel and remove all jewellery for comfort. Apply a little of the oil mix to both shoulders and begin the massage.
1. Resting the whole of your relaxed hand gently over the point of your opposite shoulder, move your hand firmly along the top of the shoulder until you reach the neck, then return to the shoulder point. Repeat this circle several times.
2. Keeping your hand in this position (palm on collarbone and fingers on shoulder muscle), feel with your fingers for any hard tension spots along the muscle and apply firm circular pressure to these with the pads of your three middle fingers. Be careful not to exceed an acceptable opain threshold.
3. Take your fingers up your neck, repeating the circular movements with your three fingers where there are painful nodules. Repeat steps 2 and 3 if the area is still painful, and finish with several firm circles, as in step 1. Repeat the massage on the opposite shoulder, using your other hand.
It is instinctive to rub your temples or forehead when you have a headache. Giving yourself a head massage with one or more appropriate essential oils in a carrier lotion or oil can make the massage more effective.
1. Dab a little of the essential oil mix on your fingertips and place on your fingers and thumbs at the temples. Place the length of your fingers onto your forehead and move them firmly from the centre towards the temples, returning back to the centre. Repeat several times.
2. Keeping your thumbs in the same position, make circular movements from the center of the top of your forehead to the upper temple, using only the cushions of your three middle fingers.
3. Repeat these circles 1 cm (1/2 in) lower down the forehead, again moving from the center to the temples. Repeat the circles, doing the last one at the eyebrow level. With thumbs positioned as before, "glue" your fingers in the temple hollows and make firm circles which move the skin of the temples over the bone beneath. Repeat step 1.
A scalp massage is not only very relaxing, but is also very helpful for anyone who is worried about thinning hair, as it stimulates the hair roots. The roots can become starved of nourishment when the scalp muscle becomes too tight - such as through stress, for example - causing the hair to become thin and weak.
1. Place the thums at the top of the ears and "glue" the fingers to the scalp, moving it firmly and slowly over the bone beneath.
2. Place the hands on another part of the scalp and repeat. Carry on until the whole scalp has been covered. Repeat steps 1 and 2 several times.