How To Do Aromatherapy Massage

Person Massaging Man's Shoulder

Aromatherapy massage, also known as Swedish massage, has been practiced in various forms around the world since antiquity. The combination of physical manipulation and aromatic compounds has proven to relax and rejuvenate both body and mind.

Whether you are an expert or complete novice, there are several steps you can take to give your best aromatherapy massage. Following these simple tips will ensure that your aromatherapy sessions are both relaxing and effective.

Step 1 – Prepare your oils

The first step to giving a great aromatherapy massage is to choose high-quality, pure essential oils that have therapeutic benefits.

Different oils help people unwind for different reasons; for example, lavender helps people relax and sleep better, whereas peppermint is more of a stimulant that can energize and help people focus.

Mixing various oils will allow you to tailor your massages specifically for each client. If possible, purchase a variety of sample-sized bottles so you can try different combinations.

Step 2 – Choose a good location

Choose a location with room for relaxation and comfort. Start by making sure that you have access to a table for your recipient (or yourself) to lay on, as well as candles and music.

You also want to make sure that you won’t be disturbed during your session. This means shutting off cell phones, keeping pets away from you and others, etc.

Make it as relaxing of an environment as possible so your recipient can get all of their tension out while they receive a wonderful massage!

Step 3 – Prepare your client

Once you have your essential oils, run them through a diffuser or vaporizer. This is especially important if you are working with a person who has sensitive respiratory issues.

After 15 minutes, prepare your client for their treatment: lightly rub them down with oil and take some time to explain what they will experience during their session. Make sure they feel comfortable and relaxed, and that they are ready for your touch.

If they want privacy, allow them to drape themselves with a sheet or towel. Let them know you are available should they need anything during their treatment.

Most people will undress completely except for wearing boxers or panties (for women) while receiving their aromatherapy treatments, but cover up whatever is most comfortable for them!

Step 4 – Warm up their muscles

You’ll want to really focus on loosening up their shoulders and arms during your massage, so start by warming up their muscles before you add any essential oils.

To do that, rub your hands together vigorously until they become warm and then gently knead their upper arms, shoulders and back with your hands while talking them through what you’re doing.

This should take about a minute or two—but just be careful not to go too hard! You don’t want to overwork their muscles or hurt them by digging into sensitive areas.

Step 5 – Hit the right spots

The legs, hands and feet are particularly good targets for reflexology. From head to toe, these key areas will help boost your brain function, relieve pain and release tension.

Keep in mind that while we focused on just 10 zones here, you can apply these techniques anywhere on your body. Just find a good spot – whether it be elbow or ankle – and stick with it until you feel a difference.

Step 6 – Add more pressure

After five minutes, you can apply more pressure. Use your thumbs or forefingers on a specific point. Press down hard and hold for a count of ten while you breathe normally, then release and move on to another point.

You’ll need oil for your hands and fingers as well as for massaging: there are some great smelling oils available at stores that carry herbal remedies or at health food stores; pick one with a pleasing aroma (or several scents if you want variety).

Start with light pressure, gradually increasing it until your partner feels pain—then back off slightly (it shouldn’t hurt) and hold it there just past their threshold of pain.

Step 7 – Listen to their response

If you are working on a new technique and want to see how your client reacts, you can say something like I’m just trying out a new style of stroking; let me know if it feels too strong/light. You should listen carefully to what they have to say because every client is different and may need different amounts of pressure.

Also, depending on where you are massaging them (i.e. muscle or joints), their pain tolerance will be higher or lower, so there is no exact amount of pressure that you should use across all massages.

The best thing you can do when applying any kind of deep-tissue pressure is communicate with your client throughout, paying attention to their response so that neither one of you is ever hurting each other by accident!

Step 8 – Know when it’s over

The body gives many subtle clues that a massage is done, but it’s up to you to decide when you want to stop. You should be feeling relaxed and rejuvenated — not energized or tense. Your breathing will be slower and deeper.

If your mind starts wandering as you get closer to finishing, that can be a sign that your mind doesn’t feel at peace yet. The key is learning how to tell when your body tells you it’s time for a rest, even if your mind isn’t there yet.

Remember — you’re giving yourself a gift here! Take care of yourself by respecting how far along you are with whatever form of relaxation you choose.

Step 9 – Clean up after yourself

After giving your partner a massage, clean up any oils that you may have spilled on yourself. If you get oil on your sheets, towels or clothing, make sure you remove it immediately so they don’t stain.

(Note: The faster these items are cleaned after contact with oil or lotion, the less likely they are to stain.) Just dab them with paper towels and then throw them into a load of laundry as soon as possible. You can also use baby wipes and antibacterial spray if it is easier for you.

Final Word

Find out if your friend/family member is allergic or has any sensitivities. Before you begin, it’s important to find out if your friend/family member is allergic or has any sensitivities. You should also discuss any past physical therapy or medical conditions with them.

Tell them where you will be applying pressure and for how long (the average time frame is about five minutes). Explain that you may ask questions throughout their massage so that you can provide a better service—such as asking them if they’re feeling a particular pressure applied by your hand.

If anyone else will be helping, make sure everyone knows who will be doing what. You should work together seamlessly when giving someone a massage. Finally, have fun!

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Lynn has been writing at our blog for over two years. She currently writes about topics such as sleep, massage therapy, and cooking. Recently, she has teamed up with other bloggers to write about their life stories. Lynn is also a certified massage therapist who loves to express herself through cooking recipes she finds on Pinterest or food blogs. Lynn's blog is an outlet where she can share her passions with others while encouraging them to live the best version of themselves.

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