Aromatherapy massage is essentially Swedish and Thai massage with the added benefit of essential oils. At Loft Thai Spa we have designed a profoundly recharging treatment by harnessing aromatherapy’s unique ability to both relax and energise.
Essential oils have a dual therapeutic effect – while inhaling their perfume releases tension they are also absorbed through the skin, ensuring a multi-sensory, holistic experience. These profoundly relaxing properties make an aromatherapy massage ideal for addressing sleep problems, anxiety related complaints and daily stress.
Each essential oil used in aromatherapy is said to have different properties. For example, some calm and make you feel relaxed while others energize.
Most people who experience an aromatherapy massage comment on the gentleness of the massage techniques and are amazed at the way they feel energised if they are suffering from lethargy or stress. Many report feeling relaxed and sleeping well after a treatment.
Aromatherapy massage appears to reduce the pain and discomfort of menstrual cramps, a 2015 study from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology suggests. Participants did a self-massage with rose essential oil, an unscented almond oil, or no oil on the first day of menstruation for two menstrual cycles.
By the second cycle, aromatherapy massage reduced the severity of pain compared to massage therapy with almond oil or no oil.
Massage with aromatherapy may also ease menopausal symptoms. In a 2012 study published in Menopause, researchers compared 30-minute aromatherapy massage (twice a week for 4 weeks) to massage with plain oil or no treatment and found that both massage and aromatherapy massage were effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. Aromatherapy massage was the most effective.
Other research suggests that aromatherapy massage may not relieve symptoms in people with cancer.
A review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2016, analyzed previously published studies and concluded that "this review demonstrated no differences in effects of massage on depression, mood disturbance, psychological distress, nausea, fatigue, physical symptom distress, or quality of life when compared with no massage."
When comparing aromatherapy massage with no massage, they found that "there was some indication of benefit in the aromatherapy-massage group but this benefit is unlikely to translate into clinical benefit."