Why Aromatherapy? Let Us Show You How It Works.
~~By Lisa Foster, LMT, Revolution Health Medical Center~~
Patients are feeling the benefits of aromatherapy, and choosing to use more of it in their approach to integrative treatments. Aromatherapy is not just a pleasant experience. It is considered to be a potent methodology in the world of holistic wellbeing. As a result, finding ways to promote wellness through the use of aromatherapy enables massage therapists and other practitioners to aid clients in reaching their wellness goals.
When patients (or their doctors) choose massage, they are generally looking for more than just temporary relief from their symptoms. Patients are seeking results and methods that benefit them in their long-term lifestyle plan. Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils are just some of the tools our Licensed Massage Therapists have available.
When a patient has never experienced aromatherapy or the use of essential oils during a massage, it generally leads to questions as to what they are and how they work.
Some of the benefits that may be experienced from aromatherapy are:
- Stress reduction
- Lower blood pressure
- Can have a positive impact on depression
- Helps reduce headaches
- Improved sleep
- Boosts immune system
- Reduces pain
- Improves digestion
- Boosts cognitive performance
Essential oils are not created scents, nor are they perfumes. They are extracted directly from the source, as opposed to being created by chemicals. Aromatherapy relies on inhalation of the scent. Our massage therapists will likely apply the oil topically during your session.
Why does aromatherapy work? Researchers believe that by inhaling the scent, you stimulate parts of your brain and influence physical, emotional, and mental health.
Some of the more commonly used essential oils for aromatherapy are:
- Rosemary–stimulates the brain; it can improve mental performance.
- Peppermint–relieves mental fatigue: enhance alertness and memory.
- Lemon–enhance mental clarity; reduce stress and depression.
- Eucalyptus oil–open the sinuses and bronchial passages; relieve headaches and mental fatigue.
- Lavender–improves sleep; uplifting and relaxing.
- Jasmine–fights stress and anxiety; antidepressant.
- Thyme–improves memory; boost concentration. Also known to relax the nervous system.
- Sandalwood–calms the nerves; induces relaxation.
Just to be clear, always check with your practitioner to discuss whether the fragrances and oils are right for you as part of your treatment plan. They will be able to discuss potential interactions with medication and supplements, and ensure you are using an appropriate brand and scent.
Revolution Health Medical Center has chosen to carry NOW essential oils for our patients. NOW oils are used during your treatment session and are available for purchase in our office and in our online store. We have sample bottles available for you test during your visit.
By discussing your goals with our team, we can help you determine if aromatherapy is right for you.
Lisa Foster is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) on the team at Revolution Health Medical Center.
You can schedule an appointment with Lisa via your patient portal or by calling our office Monday thru Saturday during business hours. (602)265-1774
Lisa is currently accepting patients.
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