I've often been asked about my choice of massage oils, but in order to have time for an actual massage session, I keep my answers brief and informative, and my strokes long and relaxing.
In today's blog, I am to give a detailed explanation on my oil choices for all the massage lovers who visit me.
I will start at the core and slowly work my way to the actual point. And I would really like for everyone to understand that my choices of oils are not a random decision.
I put a lot of effort and knowledge in what I do, and always try to deserve my "applause".
What oils I use, what aromas and the reason I've chosen them? What is the effect of those oils on the body and mind?
Aromatherapy is used to boost emotional and spiritual well-being, to heal and beautify . It is a holistic therapy that treats the mind, body and spirit, and it is both an art and a science.
Aromatherapy uses Essential oils, which are made from flowers and plants and consist of tiny aromatic molecules. When applied to the body during a massage, the essential oils enter the bloodstream through the skin, and the lungs whilst breathing. Then, they are carried around the body to deliver their beneficial healing powers.
Integrating an understanding of the chakras into the massage is extremely important.
The chakras are the centres of body in which energy flows through.This energy is called Life Force or Prana.
Although there are many chakras in the human body, only seven are considered majorly important. Each chakra is associated with specific organ or gland.The function of the chakras is an energy system that communicates with the body via biological systems, such as the endocrine glands and nervous system, to keep it balanced and healthy.
The endocrine system includes all of the glands of the body and the hormones produced by those glands. The glands are controlled directly by stimulation from the nervous system as well as by chemical receptors in the blood and hormones produced by other glands. By regulating the functions of organs in the body, these glands help to maintain the body’s homoeostasis.
The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit, meaning "wheel". These moderators of energy are traditionally depicted as lotus flowers. Each chakra opens at different frequency and is corresponding to a different colour. Hense the connection to the colour of the Essential oils in Aromatherapy.
Every of the 7 chakras opens a different centre of energy.
7th Chakra ( Crown ) which is located on the top of the head, and is the chakra of Spiritulity. When blocked can cause an emotional dysfunction, such as depression and anxiety. This chakra is associated with the colour Violet (purple) , therefore to treat blockages connected to the Crown chakra oils which correspond in colour are used. Lavender, Rosewood, Frankincense
6th Chakra (Third Eye) which is above and between eyebrows is associated with Indigo. It is the chakra of Intuition & wisdom and responds to treatment with essential oils of Hyacinth, Violet and Rose geranium
5th Chakra ((Throat) located centrally at the base of the neck, is the Blue chakra, and is the chakra of communication & self-expression. The oils that correspond well with it are Chamomile and Myrrh
4th Chakra (Heart) is at the centre of the chest and is the Green/Pink chakra and its stimulated by Rose, Bergamot and Mellisa oils. This is the chakra of Love&Relationship