I love using aromatherapy with massage. Adding essential oils to massage greatly enhances the experience by affecting the mood. I have a little over 50 single note oils and blends.
I believe aromatherapy is essential to a wonderful massage.
A lot of places charge a separate fee of $10+ for adding aromatherapy to the massage and it is fair to. Oils are another cost and some can be expensive. Plus there is the additional knowledge and training that comes with using the oils. I used to as well, but I found myself wanting to use them anyway and didn't want a client to miss out on them. They really do help guide the massage in the direction you're wanting to go. Whether it be relaxation, working the sore painful areas out, and creating a greater sense of well-being.
How do essential oils work?
There is inhaling them which is referred to as aromatherapy to affect ones mood.
Some common categories of oils:
For Muscle Soreness: Blends with Clove, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Pine, Black Pepper, Sweet Birch, Peppermint, and Cinnamon
Four Thieves Blend - Classic blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary
Narayan Oil - the strongest medicinal smelling blend I have. I like to use this on really sore areas or places that need more circulation and movement.
Blue Ridge Blend by Roanoke Co-op - like you're in a pine forest after the rain. This blend quickly became a client favorite!
Sweet Birch Oil - Smells like wintergreen
Relaxing Blends featuring Lavender:
*Lotus Love - Jasmine, Frangipani, Lavender, and Patchouli
I like to use the oils by adding to the massage cream, having a person inhale them, adding to the hot towels, or using on sore spots after massage.
Popular Single Notes:
Flower Essential Oils: These delicate floral essential oils are excellent to use on the face.
Uplifting Citrus Blends:
Inspiration - Citrus with Peppermint
Be Focused- Citrus with Rosemary