Essential Oils can be hugely beneficial used at home in so many ways. Essential oils interact with the body through the nose and skin and even just surrounding yourself with the energetic value of oil has benefits.
Massage – there is nothing better than a good massage to relieve aches & pains & help let go of physical & emotional tension. As well as relieving stress, massage is a great way to administer essential oil onto & into the body. Two of our favourites at Head2Toe Massage are Lavender and Lemongrass. Lavender is good for absolutely everything and is a great oil to be added to others. An effective oil to help alleviate stress & relax those tense muscles we so often see. Lemongrass is effective for both the mind - helping with mental fatigue & the body - helps relieve aches & pains & stimulates circulation .
Vaporisation – This is a great way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils & create an effective antiseptic air freshener and mood enhancer at the same time.
Bath – the ultimate way to relax! As you soak, the pores of your skin open & absorb the essential oils. As your body relaxes & unwinds with the warmth of the water & you start to inhale the wonderful aromas, you begin to feel physically & emotionally revived. Ensure your bath water is not too hot!
Footbath – if a bath is unavailable, a footbath is the next best thing to relax & balance the body. A bowl with warm water, some Epsom salts & a few drops of essential oil, Peppermint is my favourite, can be a great way to end a busy day. Alternatively, for extra benefits, alternating between hot & cold footbaths is a great way to relieve swollen aching feet & tension headaches. The alternating footbaths help polarise the extremities & stimulate reflex points in the feet.
Compress – Compresses are beneficial in both skin care & first aid. Hot compresses are extremely beneficial for chronic & deep muscular pain, while cool compresses are excellent of acute injuries, high temperatures or headaches. Place a cloth in a basin of warm water that has had 3-4 drops of essential oils added, squeeze gently to remove excess water & place onto skin.
Inhalation – This is great if you need a ‘pick me up’ or some relief from the symptoms of a head cold or chest, nasal & sinus congestion. Fill a bowl with very hot water (not boiling) & add 1-2 drops of essential oil, agitate, then lean over the bowl with a towel over your head. Breathe in the steam for 1-2 mins. Eucalyptus is a great oil for the respiratory system
Direct Application – if you burn yourself or receive an insect bite or sting or a pimple appears, a direct application of Lavender or Tea Tree oil may be beneficial. Apply sparely as oils are highly concentrated.
As you can see there are many ways to incorporate essential oils into our daily lives and the list goes on. If you have any questions then feel free to chat to one of our therapists here at Head2toe Massage in Rangiora as we thoroughly enjoy chatting about the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils. If you'd like to book an Aromatherapy Massage then just give us a ring or book online. Remember is you book an aromatherapy massage during the month of August you will automatically go into a draw to win a pack of essential oils. We have 4 unique blends available for you to add to your massage oil.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses aromatic plant oils, essential oils, for improving psychological or physical well-being. It can be offered as a complementary therapy or as an alternative medicine.
Aromatherapy massage is massage using essential oils added to the massage oil or lotion.
What is an Essential Oil?
An Essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing aroma compounds from plants and is simply, essential, in the sense that it contains the essence of the plant fragrance. Pure essentials oils are known as the ‘life force of the plant’. Essential oils are approximately 70x more concentrated than the plant or herb they come from.
Essential oils are extracted from leaves, roots, resin, flowers, bark & fruit i.e. root of ginger…flowers of lavender…leaves of rosemary. Whether inhaled or absorbed through the skin, essential oils can promote changes in both the mind and body.
They can affect us emotionally & mentally with their powerful aromas.
The quality of essential oils is upmost. It is important to make sure the oils you purchase are from a reputable retailer & supplier and are pure, natural, authentic oils & not an ‘essence’ or ‘fragrance’.
Prices of essential oils can vary – this depends on availability, harvest & yield & how it is processed.
Oils can be mixed together to form a ‘synergy’ – “the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts”, and are classed in 3 evaporation rates which help to create a balanced & harmonious blend
At Head 2 Toe Massage Therapy North Canterbury…we add the essential oils to a base carrier oil which helps them penetrate into the skin. We like to use 100% pure unrefined cold pressed vegetable, nut or seed oils, which add their own beneficial nutrients and are readily absorbed & nourish the skin…an added bonus!
A word of caution – never apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin unless specified. The only exceptions are Lavender & Tea Tree (commonly used for burns, insect bites or stings). They should never be taken orally.
At Head 2 Toe Massage Therapy we have a selection of aromatherapy blends to add to your massage oil. Which one you choose will depend on the added therapeutic benefits you wish to achieve from your massage. In our reception we use essential oil blends in a vaporiser to create a particular mood, health benefit i.e. to ward off the seasonal nasties, or just to create a beautiful ambience!
When you’re feeling out of ‘sorts’ and life is getting on top of you…book an Aromatherapy Massage with us and get an ultimate mind and body boost. For the month of August 2017 if you book an aromatherapy massage at Head2Toe Massage Rangiora you will be automatically entered into a draw to win a gift of essential oils, including Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Mandarin Oil and Peppermint Oil.
If you have any questions regarding any of the above then please do not hesitate to contact one of us at Head2Toe on 033130349. Bookings can be done online or over the phone if you’d prefer. We are one of the leading massage clinics in Rangiora and North Canterbury area.
For the next 3 weeks I will be chatting with Stephanie at Compass FM 104.9 for a quick chat on a different massage related subject…please tune in if you want to know more! The times will vary each week so make sure your tuned in all day. Thursday the 22nd of June I will be explaining some of the benefits of pregnancy massage at 12pm and then on Thursday the 29th of June at 9.45am I will be talking about what a hot stone massage really is.
Remember if you have any questions or would like to enquire about which massage is most suitable for you, give myself or Hannah & Fili a call at Head2Toe Massage on Blackett Street in Rangiora. We are open Monday to Saturday with late nights on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and do a range of treatments from sports massage to pregnancy massage.
Many people ask, ‘Why is a sports massage of benefit? So I thought I’d write a quick blog explaining some of the benefits of a sports massage both pre an event and post an event or as part of your monthly training programme.
Sports massage helps to alleviate muscular tension & inflammation associated with exercise & the overuse of specific muscles used in a sporting activity. Whether you’re an elite competitive athlete or a recreational athlete, a regular massage is a great tool to factor into your training schedule as strains, tears & imbalances can be prevented or greatly reduced. Tense muscles can restrict joint movement and so we become more inflexible, our movements are restricted & therefore we are more prone to injury.
Whilst training for an event or as part of your lifestyle choice, sports massage can help heal problem injuries – alleviate chronic problem areas & deal with any old injuries & scar tissue. Regular sports massages will also aid in quicker recovery after workouts or injuries. A sports massage helps to do all of the above by increasing blood circulation, realigning muscle fibres and relaxing lingering sore/tense areas.
A sports massage can leave some people feeling like they have just had a workout but this all depends on your personal body & fitness. Like exercise the more regular your massages…the more the cumulative benefits. Because of these benefits massage is good as preventative maintenance.
Sports Massage can be used before an event to stimulate circulation, loosening & warming up the group of muscles that are to be used & to prepare the body for optimum performance. Sports Massage is not to be used instead of a warm-up! A massage can also enhance your psychological state – reducing stress & anxiety & encouraging focus. When scheduling a pre-event massage, that is not on the day of activity, please ensure you do so 3-4 days ahead to lessen any cumulative effects.
A Sports Massage after an event, post event, tends to be lighter and more calming & relaxing, helping to reduce muscular tension & promote muscle relaxation leading to a quicker recovery time. A post event sports massage can also reduce inflammation by flushing out metabolic-by-products that build up during high intensity sport.
In my opinion if an opportunity arises where massage is offered after you have finished your sporting event, take advantage of them if you can as these can be very beneficial to how you feel the next day!
The team from Head 2 Toe Massage Rangiora will be at the Mt Oxford Odyssey on Sunday the 21st of May offering 15min massages for $20. Pick up a flyer from our tent for a special discount at Head 2 Toe Massage Rangiora, North Canterbury.
Sports massage allows you to –Play harder...Perform better!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries and we will happy to clear them up for you. Head 2 Toe also offers Sports Massages at the clinic in Rangiora.
I am passionate about massage & how it can enhance a person's physical & mental wellbeing, Louise.