Massage: stress relief and relaxation April 17 2015, 0 Comments

The combination of essential oils and massage has been shown to be very effective in treating stress-related disorders.   Essential oils are absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream - essential oils can be selected for their stimulating effects and for their sedating effects.  Massage with essential oils can be very useful in helping combat stress, anxiety, insomnia all of which can also manifest in physical complaints.  Anything that can help to reduce stress levels and aid relaxation is clearly of great value.  Massage can improve circulation, helps to eliminate toxins, improve skin tone and relax muscles.

Massage has tremendous psychological benefits as it can generate a  feeling of well-being by releasing endorphins, the brain's feel-good chemical.  A massage is a most enjoyable experience and a massage between partners can be a very intimate experience.

Massage will benefit our physical, psychological and emotional health.  Galen the greatest physician of ancient Rome discusses the importance of massage oil in his treatise on Hygiene.  Much medical knowledge was passed on to the Romans from the ancient Greeks so perhaps the last word  should go to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC), considered to be the father of modern medicine:

'The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day'.