Aromatherapy & Massage
There is nothing new about massage; after all, even little children know that the best treatment for a pain is for their mummy or daddy to give it a rub!
Massage is the most direct form of therapy for relief of many soft tissue disorders. The therapist uses his or her hands to discover areas of tightness in muscles or other soft tissue, and treats it by stroking, kneading or stretching the relevant area. Massage is also given to promote relaxation, increase blood circulation, and produce a feeling of well-being.
Some conditions often helped by aromatherapy and massage are:
- Stiffness in shoulders, neck and back
- Lower back pain
- Stiff or aching legs
- Restricted joint movement
Is Massage painful?
Massage is generally a very pleasant experience. When tight areas are being worked on, a degree of discomfort may be felt, but this is always what the recipient will recognise as ‘good pain’. The therapist will always respond to the recipient’s comments and refrain from any work that causes unwelcome pain.
How is the treatment given?
The person to be massaged is comfortably positioned on a massage table, either sitting or lying according to the area of the body being treated. Sometimes a massage recipient may remain fully clothed, but generally outer clothing will be removed and the areas of the body not being worked on will be covered with a towel.
What oil is used?
For massage, a neutral oil is used merely as a lubricant and not as part of the treatment. In the case of people who are allergic to the oil, or have a delicate skin (for example, resulting from radiotherapy), talcum powder will be used instead of oil.
When performing aromatherapy, the aromatherapist will massage you with selected essential oils to promote relaxation and feelings of well-being. Aromatherapy may not be carried out on parts of the body that are undergoing radiotherapy.