Aromatherapy combines the benefits of massage with the therapeutic capacity of essential oils. Essential oils are extracted and distilled from plants, flowers, herbs, fruits and barks and are entirely natural, so that the body is not forced to absorb noxious and potentially damaging chemicals or toxins. Our sense of smell has a role to play in our wellbeing, because the receptors in the nose communicate with parts of our brain that store emotions and memories. Certain molecules from the oils also interact with our hormones.

Massage has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and the benefits of even the most simple of touches has been proven over and over again. Just a squeeze, a hug or a stroked knee can help to lower blood pressure and heart rate while increasing your immune function and helping to relieve pain.

The use of essential oils in aromatherapy and reflexology will positively affect your health. Essential oils can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin, and a combination of the use of oils with massage will have a positive holistic effect on mind and body, bringing both into harmony. Aromatherapy massage can revitalize or restore, energise or de-stress, through the therapeutic nature of the scented oils and the pressure and rhythm of the massage.

Massaging a friend is a great gift. You will help to improve their circulation and relax their muscles, reduce tension and at the same time show how much you care about their health and wellbeing. You will be providing a psychological and physiological boost. And don’t worry! Aromatherapy massage is completely safe as long as you do not exert too much pressure.

If you feel a little shy about massaging a friend, or even of finding an aromatherapist, the good news is that you can practice all by yourself. Self-massage will help you to maintain good health and wellbeing. Reflexology is a great place to start. You can massage your own hands and feet and help to restore balance to your own body. Every part of the hand and foot has a corresponding point on the body, see the diagram here so for example, the middle area of your palm relates to the upper back, and the lower part of the palm nearest the wrist is associated with the lower back.  By applying gentle pressure or massage to those points you will communicate with your brain which then registers balance within the body.

Of course the biggest benefit of all is that self-massage and reflexology can be performed absolutely anywhere. You can do it while sat in a traffic jam; sat in front of the TV; while you are at your desk in the office; or in a meeting to help you relieve stress. You only need ten minutes a day, and less if you encounter any pain in a specific point on your hand. Using essential oils will release the aroma which will ensure additional benefits.

Mini-reflexology can work wonders for you. Simply use one hand to massage the other, starting with your fingers and moving onto the palm. Keep your movements gentle but apply a firm pressure. AromaWorks has a full guide to mini hand reflexology here including a hand reflexology map which demonstrates exactly how to target key areas of your body via your hand. Of course you can also buy our essential oils online here along with aromatherapy candles and our luxury scented candles range. Try it out and let us know if you have any questions.