Aromatherapy: The Connection Between Mind, Body and Scent

At Jon Ric Medical Spa and Wellness Center, we provide patients with Aromatherapy Massage Services, which is massage therapy that involves highly concentrated essential oils mixed into the massage oil or lotion.

So the wonder is – what makes aromatherapy massage so different, and do the scents provided in aromatherapy really make a different? The answer: absolutely.

Essential oils can be applied directly to the skin or can be inhaled from a diffuser, or directly.

Your nostrils are connected to a section of your brain called the limbic system, which is the part of your brain that controls your emotions, as well as your nervous system and hormones. These oils can also be absorbed through the skin as well.

When you inhale the scent of the essential oils, a message goes into your limbic system and affects your heart rate, impacting your stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion and your immune system.

There are many different oils to choose from, and each one has a different impact on your state of mind, mood or health. Here are some oils and their benefits:

Lavender: balancing, smooth, clarifying

Patchouli: Romantic, uplifting, soothing

Peppermint: Revitalizing, refreshing, energizing

Rosemary: Clarifying, warming, invigorating

Sweet Orange: Cheering, refreshing, uplifting

Eucalyptus: Invigorating, balancing, cooling

Lemon: Energizing, uplifting, strengthening

There are several reasons a person would choose an aromatherapy massage over standard massage therapy, such as a way to cure stress and stress-related conditions, headaches, digestive disorders, and back pain.

Before your massage, the essential oils are chosen based on your specific needs and goals you wish to achieve from the massage. After your massage, we may suggest a blend for you to try at home for continued relaxation.