Benefits of Aromatherapy Face and Body Treatments
by Sam Socorro, a guest writer from Steam Shower Store
When combined with a facial or body treatment, the combination of the treatment with the many benefits of the essential oil can have a large positive impact on a person’s health and well being.
The first thing you should ask your massage therapist is whether they are going to use essential oils (also known as volatile oils) or fragrance oils. The fragrance oils smell lovely but they’re generally synthetic and they don’t come with the same benefits that an essential oil can give you.
Essential oils are derived from some part of a plant (the fruit, stem, leaves, flowers, seeds or roots; often a combination of these are used.) and careful distillation must be performed using very specific equipment, heat and pressure. (There is also pressing or cold extraction for producing essential oils.)
Once that part of the treatment has been done (usually it takes about 10 to 15 minutes), you’ll have the chance to hop into the shower to rinse the salt and any plant matter off. The key is to rinse off without using soap or some type of abrasive. If you dry off you’ll want to pat instead of rub. The oil that’s left will not only moisturize your skin but absorb and treat it, depending on the oil you’ve picked.
Once you’ve had a chance to rinse off, you’ll head back to the massage table for a gentle massage during which the therapist will use a beautiful moisturizing body cream or lotion. Since the whole process is about relaxation and enjoyment, your massage will typically consist of a Swedish or regular massage, and not something that targets specific muscles or with the hard pressure a deep tissue massage would necessitate.
An aromatherapy facial is a relaxing way to enjoy cleaner, fresher skin on your face and many of the essential oils can actually help reduce signs of acne, eczema, and psoriasis and help to reduce the appearance of scars and other blemishes. Breathing in your favourite scents can have many different benefits;
If you’d like a facial that energizes you and improves your mood, try bergamot or one of the citrus oils. If you find lemon, lime or orange too strong, try gentler citrus oils like grapefruit, lemongrass or mandarin. A facial or body treatment with citrus oils will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized.
If you’re suffering from a cold or congestion, a facial with Peppermint or Eucalyptus can be just the ticket to easier breathing and clearing you sinuses. During a body massage peppermint can have a lovely cooling effect on sore and aching muscles and joints.
Whether you enjoy an aromatherapy body treatment or an aromatherapy face treatment, you’ll feel better, look better and be wrapped in the scent of your choice for the whole day.