Today’s Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: October 14, 2013 is an Introduction to Massage.
AN INTRODUCTION TO MASSAGE
Massage is the oldest known form of complementary medicine. To touch is to care; through massage we become aware of our ability to heal and help many stress related problems.
Manuscripts have been found from the ancient civilizations of China, Egypt, and India referring to massage to cure and heal. There are many references to massage written by the ancient Romans and Greeks. The earliest book to mention massage dates back to 2700 BC. Hippocrates used massage on his patients, emphasizing the importance of pressure and technique to obtain the desired effect.
The comfort of the patient is of utmost importance. The masseuse needs to ensure complete relaxation of the patient. To create the right conditions, the masseuse needs to start by collecting the basic tools, setting the required atmosphere, and preparing the room.
Preheat the room ensuring that the temperature is warm enough; the patient will be partly undressed and body temperature drops rapidly while lying still. Parts of the body the masseuse will be massaging will be exposed for a period of time. Warm towels should be available to cover the areas not being massaged.
Turn the ringer off on all phones. Place pets in another room. Choose music with a flowing rhythm that creates a relaxing mood. Light candles and don’t forget to use an aroma lamp containing a relaxing blend of essential oils.
The masseuse will need a massage table.
*Remember: The hands of the masseuse must stay in contact with the patient’s body at all times.*
A LIST OF SOME RELAXING ESSENTIAL OILS
Benzoin, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Melissa, Moroccan Chamomile, Neroli, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang
Check Back Tomorrow for information on Giving a Massage.
Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
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Resource: Aromatherapy Blends & Recipes by Franzesca Watson