Essential Oils and Massage

 

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Essential Oils and Massage

Guest Blogger: Amy Vrouhas

 

 

 

When you walk into a spa and smell all the incredible scents, such as lavender, peppermint, lemon, ylang ylang, etc., what’s your first thought? You think about how amazing it smells! What if I told you that those smells benefit both your mind, and your body?

 

The scientific aspect of aromatherapy comes from knowing the subtle differences in essential oils that are attributable to thousands of aroma chemicals, and how these chemical elements affect the human body. The aromatic properties of natural essential oils are a catalyst for change in the human mind and body.

 

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Essential oil aromas stimulate the part of the brain that affects emotion. The shape of an essential oil molecule is like a key that opens lock-like structure in the olfactory nerve receptors in our nostrils. The impression of the aroma is sent directly and immediately to the limbic system. This is where memories are stored as well as where pleasure and emotions are perceived. When stimulated, the limbic system releases chemicals that affect the central nervous system. Serotonin counteracts anxiety; endorphins reduce pain. Inhaling essential oils can help attain a pleasurable emotional balance. A balanced emotional state in turn can have a therapeutic effect on physical problems.

 

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Essential oils have positive effects on every level of your being. Their unique properties enhance the mind, body and spirit. Aromatherapy is the creative and scientific application of essential oils to create beneficial changes in our lives on aesthetic, therapeutic and mystical levels.

 

Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Sweet Orange, and Sage are just a few of my personal favorites! Each have their own properties and benefits, but probably one of the most popular oils that I use during an aromatherapy massage is Lavender. Lavender is good for calming and relaxing as well as skin health, and restoring.

 

Overall, essential oils are a great enhancement and bring more benefits to your massage!

Meet Brandy – Massage Therapist

 

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Therapist Spotlight: Brandy Noonan

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Brandy Noonan

 

 

 

 

Hi there!!  I’m Brandy and I’m the newest Massage Therapist here at Fountains Day Spa.  I’m  a transplant to the area from Western New York… (cue pity remarks for being a Buffalo Bills/Sabres fan here).  I love where I’m from, everyone pulls together to help each other out. However my love for traveling has taken me all around the country and dropped me off at the Nation’s capital, and I have to say I’m loving it here!

 

 

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Throughout my travels I have worn many hats, and worked many jobs, but my heart has always gone back to Massage Therapy, as it is my passion. I love being able to use my hands to help people, as well as enabling them to relax at the same time. Getting to know each of my clients, and finding out what their specific issues, and requirements are, is my specialty. I am not a one-trick-pony, I believe in customizing my routine to suit their specific needs.

 

 

With eleven years of experience and almost 1500 hours of training, I am sure to be able to customize any clients’ treatment to their liking.  I am so excited to be starting this adventure at Fountains and to provide my clientele with the best possible treatment every time.  I look forward to meeting you!!

 

 

Mantra: Each day truly is a gift. Be thankful

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Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are amazing and powerful gift given to us by Mother Nature.  Those of you who know me, know how passionate I am about plants and nature. They are all around us, and yet we pay so little attention to them. This is why a day spent outside perk up your mood, we are out in nature, breathing in their molecules and absorbing their essences. There are 2 ways that essential oils work, through inhalation, and topical application.

 

How To Use Essential Oils

Topical application is one of the most effective methods of using essential oils.  When the oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed into the blood stream, and dispersed throughout the tissues in about 15-20 minutes.

 

Inhalation is also an extremely effective way to therapeutically deliver essential oils into the body. The fragrance of an essential oil can have a direct influence on both mind and body, effecting emotional balance and energy levels. It is also believed that the inhalation of an essential oil can also enhance the body’s electrical frequency which can have a direct impact on diseases. Disease and emotional trauma create a negative frequency, which can be calmed down by the use of essential oils.

 

There are so many essential oils to choose from, so where do we begin. My recommendation is to choose oils that conjure up fond memories for you. When inhaling them, you can return to that happy place.  For me an oil that I love is Tubular Rose, it reminds me of Hawaii, and when I smell it I feel like I am there again!

 

Here are some of my recommendations:

 

Detoxing Oils

  • Eucalyptus

It is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti inflammatory and decongestant in nature which makes it a good ingredient for treating respiratory problems.

  • Sage

This is a powerful oil, used to balance estrogen, as well as detoxing the cells in the body.

  • Geranium

This oil stimulates the liver and kidneys. It also helps the immune system and promotes blood circulation.

  • Juniper

Helps to increase the circulation to the kidneys and stimulates the removal of uric acid.

 

Calming Oils

  • Lavender

I like to call this one of god’s gifts to mankind. It has so many beneficial effects. It is most known for its calming and balancing effects both physically and emotionally.

  • Lemongrass

This is an aromatic oil that works well with calming emotions, in particular anxiety, stress and depression.

  • Chamomile

A good oil to have on hand when sleep eludes you. A few drops placed on the chest enables a good night sleep. It can also be used for stress and to aid the nervous tension.

  • Sandalwood

This oil helps with rest and relaxation after a hard day. Instead of reaching for that glass of wine, place a few drops of sandalwood on the chest and inhale, it will do the trick. It also removes negative programming from the cells.

Treatment Idea

The Fountains offers Raindrop Therapy, a treatment using the most powerful essential oils. It integrates 9 single essential oils to bring the body into structural and electrical alignment. This technique uses a sequence of highly antimicrobial essential oils designed to reduce inflammation and destroy the viral agents responsible for it.

The oils used are Thyme, Oregano, Birch, Cypress, Basil, Peppermint and Marjoram. These oils are dispensed like little drops of rain above the back and down the vertebrae. The oils continue to work for 5-7 days following treatment. This is an ideal treatment for anyone wanting a sense of general well being.

 

What To Know Before You Begin Your Own Collection

I do not recommend mixing more than three oils together at a time, as they are powerful and sometimes can have a negative effect if too many are used at once.

 

Start your collection with familiar scents, ones that bring up good memories. As you become more comfortable with using them expand your horizon, they are out there just waiting to help.

 

It’s important to know that when you purchase any essential oil you are getting them from a reliable source (pure essential oils).  Some suppliers sell synthetic oils (often found in kiosks in the mall).

 

Plants and their properties are here to help us to live healthier, happier lives, so take the plunge and start putting them into your daily life.