Swedish or Aromatherapy Massage?
Getting a full body massage is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not only does a massage provide full blood circulation in the body, but it also helps increase energy, enhances positive moods, and even keeps you connected to your spouse. That being said, there are many massage therapy treatments that have different techniques. For example Swedish differs from aromatherapy massage in techniques, style, and length of time. So when you’re looking for a Swedish massage Westminster therapist, it’s important to know which massage is right for you.
A Swedish massage uses relaxing and soothing techniques which have, as the name suggests, Swedish origins. A Swedish massage refers to the classical techniques that are widely practiced around the world. It consists of light tapping, moderate applied pressure from the hands and palms and even firm kneading, depending on the person. Swedish massage generally differs in pressure, areas of focus, intended use, and techniques. Again, it is the most common massage and the one that most people get. It usually focuses on places like the neck, shoulders, and even the lower back. These long and deep strokes can help relax you while increasing lymphatic drainage and blood flow and stimulating the nervous system. Depending on your problem area, your massage therapist may focus more on a particular part of the body they feel is tight or weak. They may use light to firm pressure, depending on your level of comfort.
Aromatherapy massage uses essential oil application. Most of the time, you can choose the kind of massage you prefer, such as Swedish or deep tissue, as the technique. You are able to tell them the kind of pressure you like and direct them to your problem areas and they use essential oils to help nourish and relieve symptoms of that area. Aromatherapy massage includes essential oils such as lavender, bergamot, tea tree, geranium, lemon, and chamomile, to name a few. Although it’s an extra service in itself, it can be added to any massage treatment you like for that extra boost of relaxation. Aromatherapy is an excellent addition to your Swedish massage. Westminster therapists can add some relaxing and soothing scents, as needed.
We all know that “aroma” stands for a distinctive and wonderful smell. Aromatherapy stimulates the receptors in the nose by sending messages to the brain. You then recognize the scent as a specific aromatic feeling that relates to memory. It is believed that these nerve senses stimulate powerful mood changes in response to these aromatic scents.
When you add aromatherapy to your massage, you have the benefits of the full body lymph and blood circulation as well as the enhancing positive treatment to your senses. Massage therapists all over the world use aromatherapy in their sessions and work with you to find a particular scent that blends well with your preferences.
While you have the standard peppermint, lavender, and rosemary, there is a wider variety of aromatherapy that you could explore.
- Citrus or grapefruit treatment is a mild diuretic but also useful for toning the skin and improving circulation, specifically for cellulite. It’s an uplifting, mood-balancing essential oil.
- Rosemary is considered a detoxifying scent that helps reduce pain, stimulate hair growth, strengthen the immune system, and soothe inflammation. It has an herbaceous scent that is instantly energizing!
- Coriander is not one you would think to use in aromatherapy. It is a plant that promotes a healthy circulatory system and digestion. Coriander also helps relieve contracting muscles.
So the next time you book your Swedish massage, you will know that this is a traditional technique that is widely used. You can pair this massage with any one of these lovely scents to enhance your relaxation experience. Better still, you can book a full-body swedish massage
Get in touch with our Swedish massage Westminster therapist at Best Choice today and sample some aromatherapy for your next massage!