Aromatherapy is often connected with thoughts of aromatic massage oils, scented candles, romantic moments, as well as pampering and luxury. Full body aromatherapy massage is thought of as the ultimate in relaxation for mind and body.
Aromatherapy massage fuses the benefits of traditional massage with the healing properties of essential oils to relax the muscles, stimulate the body’s olfactory system, and calm or rejuvenate the nervous system. In this way it actually has a lot in common with traditional Turkish hammam benefits.
What Makes Aromatherapy Massage So Unique?
The key difference between aromatherapy massage, and for example Swedish massage, is the use of essential or concentrated oils made from plant extracts (e.g., flowers, leaves, fruit) which are specifically blended for use on the skin and/or for inhalation during a spa treatment.
During an aromatherapy massage a variety of skin-safe oils are typically available for a spa guest to select from; natural aromatic scents on offer may include eucalyptus, jasmine, peppermint, lavender, tea tree, bergamot, chamomile, or ylang-ylang. Each type of plant extract serves a purpose — some are more calming like chamomile for instance, and some extracts are more invigorating and reviving like peppermint, pine, and grapefruit.
Generally before your aromatherapy massage begins, most spa attendants will check in with you to see what type of aroma you prefer, or they may ask how you want to feel after your massage in order to select the most appropriate aromatherapy massage oil for your spa treatment. For example, if you are feeling lethargic, then cinnamon or lemongrass will help to boost your energy levels.
If you are feeling stuffy in the head, then you should try a peppermint oil massage, as the menthol will help to open your airways and ease congestion. Mood-boosting essential oils include anything in the citrus family like orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit. If you are unsure what scent to choose for your treatment, then ask the massage therapist, they will recommend the best one for you.
What Are The Benefits Of Aromatherapy Massage?
When it comes to self-care and holistic health, you will benefit from any and all types of massage styles. People looking for something beyond just a purely physical massage will be drawn to aromatherapy massage because it addresses cognitive and emotional wellbeing, as well as physical health.
Aromatherapy massage benefits include: pain management, control of inflammation, improved mood, emotional healing, mindfulness, as well as boosting health and your body’s immunity. And of course, aromatherapy massage is a relaxing sensory experience that can be customised to your specific needs.
How Will Aromatherapy Help Me?
That amazing feeling you have after a massage is not only because your muscles are relaxed and loose again. That overall good feeling is also because your nervous system is relaxed and happy! You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of your nervous system when it comes to optimal health.
Aromatherapy massage is an ideal holistic health treatment to align your mind and body; it is considered one of the best treatments for issues associated with the nervous system. For example, aromatherapy massage has a positive therapeutic effect on the brain’s limbic system which helps to regulate your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, stress levels, hormones, and even your memory. Aromatherapy can help alleviate depression and anxiety, improve motivation, and boost your mood and energy.
Aromatherapy massage is also very beneficial for the respiratory system, as specific plant extracts, like lemon and peppermint, can help to ease conditions like asthma and hay fever. Another spa treatment that is excellent for respiratory health is a hammam spa Turkish bath. The new Este Medical Group spa in Birmingham will offer hammam spa services along with aromatherapy massage, plus a variety of other massage treatments to help you heal body and mind.
Have you ever been to a hammam traditional luxury spa, or had a hammam foam massage?
Hammam bathing rituals are both meditative and sensory, not that far off from an aromatherapy spa experience. A hammam hot scrub and foam bubble wash will help to release oxytocin and endorphins; these happy hormones lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as calm the nervous system. Find out how a hammam spa UK treatment can help you live your best life!
Five Unique Spa & Massage Treatments You Should Try!
Aromatherapy massage is absolutely a memorable and unique massage experience. Here’s a selection of other distinctive day spa treatments that go beyond the ordinary!
The Turkish hammam tradition of using water, steam, and humidity to cleanse and purify the body is a therapeutic ritual that extends back to ancient times and is an integral part of Turkish culture.
A Moroccan hammam treatment uses therapeutic heat and steam to prepare the skin for the ultimate deep cleaning. What makes this treatment distinctive is the application of a topical body mask with special ingredients (e.g., coffee, seaweed, honey or chocolate) to improve skin quality.
Balinese style is a form of traditional Indonesian massage that originates from the island of Bali. This massage is linked to Ayurveda holistic practices that bring the body and mind into balance. It is associated with positive feelings, calmness and deep relaxation.
Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage
A traditional Hawaiian massage style known for its rhythmic flowing strokes. Lomi Lomi is also called the ‘loving hands’ massage, as it is all about relaxing and giving in to a nurturing touch. It’s a totally soothing experience that calms the nervous system and promotes a tranquil mental state.
Hot Stone Massage
Open your chakras: deep tissue massage that uses hot stones to relax tense muscles. The warmth of the hot stones provides deeper relaxation and therapeutic results. The heat from the stones also creates positive feelings of bliss and elation, as hot stone therapy is connected with Ayurvedic healing practices and chakra therapy.
We recommend making massage part of your integrated self-care routine. The body, cognitive, and emotional benefits of hammam and massage are many, and having a spa day is a fun way to take care of yourself!
Hammam and Massage Spa Day Treatments at Este Spa & Hammam Birmingham
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