We are continuing to discuss "aromassage" as a valuable method of using essential oils as part of the healing process when using aromatherapy. In previous blogs we have discussed which essential oils to use for sore or fatigued muscles (See Essential Oil Muscle Relief). You can always look at the archived blogs if you have any questions. Now let's look at what kind of aromassage to use for different parts of the body.
- Shoulders - aromassage into the shoulder muscles with both effleurage and petrissage movements. Make firm strokes from the shoulder to the neck and back again using thumbs and palms.
- Arms - aromassage up towards the armpit, using effleurage or petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only.
- Back - Use firm or gentle effleurage or petrissage but do not massage over the vertebrae. Start from the lower part of the back and with both hands stroke all the way to the shoulders. Slide your hands over the shoulders and then return down the sides of the back. Repeat these strokes as many times as you like, the longer you aromassage, the more relaxing it is.
- Abdomen - only use circular movements on the abdomen and move in a clockwise direction. Effleurage is the best method to use on the abdomen.
- Legs - use effleurage to aromassage the legs and always move upwards. You can use petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only but not over varicosed areas.
- Women's reproductive problems- aromassage using effleurage movements beginning at the lower back and sliding over the hips. Then slide each hand over the abdomen separately and repeat the whole process.
- Feet - aromasssage from the toes to the heel with the thumbs under the foot and the fingers on top.
All massage should flow as the blood does, toward the heart. After an aerobic workout, aroma massage is useful to release toxins and keep your muscles supple.