Back to Basics: Essential Oils in Massage

Back to Basics: Essential Oils in Massage

It is easy to understand why some of the most popular places for tourists to travel are coastal towns-those quaint little places where one can sit on the beach and privately contemplate life, ponder the possibilities for the future, and regain inner strength. Visitors to the small seaside village of Gualala, California, may enjoy much more, though, if they happen to make their way to a little-known massage studio called The Lavender Room. Lavender and yarrow plants grow in the garden which surrounds the studio, and a hot tub sits on the deck for guests to enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean and to breathe in the forest smells of pungent fir and pine mixed with the soothing scent of lavender.

Once inside the studio, the wonderful aroma of lemongrass or Joy™ essential oil diffusing in the room immediately greets guests, who are then treated to a luxurious soak in the hot tub. With the essential oils of geranium and Purification, the water feels clean, fresh, and restorative. Following the hot tub, guests receive a sensational sensory experience-a massage with Young Living essential oils. Certified Massage Therapist Alisa Edwards, a Young Living Star and owner of The Lavender Room, says, “I will first ask my clients if they have any allergies. Once that is determined, I suggest several oils they might enjoy during the massage. I know rubbing the blends of PanAway® or Aroma Siez™ during the session helps ease tension in a stiff lower back. I have clients who have conditions that need extra help, and the oils give that healing edge. I often use Peace & Calming® and lavender.”

There are many motivators for getting a massage. Some of these include for relaxation and pleasure, stress reduction, and pain management and relief. According to a recent survey by the American Massage Therapy Association, the popularity and use of massage is on the rise. “More than one in five adults surveyed (21 percent) received a massage within the past twelve months. Ninety percent of respondents agreed that massage can be effective in reducing pain. One in five of those polled (20 percent) say they have discussed massage therapy with their doctor or other healthcare provider, up from 14 percent in 2002.”1 Likewise, more health care providers are recommending massage therapy for their patients. “For those who discussed massage therapy with their healthcare providers, 62 percent of the providers strongly recommended or encouraged their patients to get a massage.”2

People, perhaps depending on the circumstance or need, receive massages in a variety of locations, from their homes to massage therapists' offices to spas. Of those surveyed in America, “21 percent received their last massage at a spa.”3 Like so many other massage therapists who own or work at spas, Alisa has found that the aroma and penetrative powers of Young Living essential oils make a massage a “multifaceted experience.” “The oils make it more powerful as to the depth of the healing, and it touches so many of the senses.” Jeanne Rose, author of The Aromatherapy Book, writes, “Massage is often considered the best way to use essential oils. Not only does the client benefit from the qualities of the essential oils, she/he benefits from the energy and healing qualities of the human touch.”4 Because Young Living essential oils are of the highest, therapeutic-grade quality, they become the perfect partner for massage. “They are helping my clients experience a true healing experience,” says Alisa.

Realizing that a visit to the spa makes for a truly enjoyable vacation, Young Living provided guests at this year's Grand Convention (2006) the opportunity to attend a YL spa at the Salt Palace. Here, participants could slip away from classes for a few minutes to relax and enjoy either a foot, chair, or table massage. “The response was phenomenal, with appointments booked solid and many distributors returning more than once!” says Marilyn Kendall, Marketing Project Coordinator and Spa Manager. “The massage therapists were given an assortment of essential oils to use, along with Young Living's massage oils and other products. Clients were able to choose which oils they wanted to have used on them. Some of the distributors remarked that they did not know Young Living offered a lot of these products.” Denise Jolley, Executive Assistant and Spa Coordinator, relates, “The spa was wonderful as it gave people a few minutes to relax and enjoy a short massage. After traveling and sleeping in strange beds with uncomfortable pillows, guests were happy to have a few minutes of total relaxation.”

If visiting a spa is not an option, consider a “massage at home.” Interestingly; a survey shows that twenty-six percent of the population prefers to have a massage at home.5 In Nikki Goldstein's book Essential Energy, she writes, “Massage techniques vary from practitioner to practitioner. There's no mystery to massage, anyone can do it-and by using the basic techniques, you can create your own personal brand of healing.” With Young Living essential oils and the Raindrop Technique® DVD/video, it's easy to learn and teach others how to perform the Raindrop Technique, which combines the application of essential oils to various parts of the body with massage. The DVD/video provides step-by-step instructions that will guide the viewer through each of the massage techniques.

By experimenting with the oils, one can receive and give soothing massages at home. Delight a loved one for Valentine's Day by creating the atmosphere of a spa and pampering him or her with a massage. Play soft music, diffuse essential oils throughout the room, serve lemon water made from fresh spring water and several drops of lemon essential oil or lemon H20ils, and use candlelight to create the right mood.

Babies and children also greatly benefit from massage. “Massage can lead to genuine empathy and love between parent and child. Learning to massage your child can be an important building block in the [bonding] process. Once a child is used to a massage routine … then she will associate the massage with a parent's total attention, and recognize it as a valuable gift of love.”6 Whether for children or adults, a massage with Young Living essential oils is nurturing and restorative, and is a gift that will be greatly appreciated throughout the year.

References:

  • 1. “2004 Massage Therapy Consumer Survey Fact Sheet” American Massage Therapy Association. http://www.amtamassage.org/news/04consurvey.html 16 September 2005
  • 2. Ibid.
  • 3. Ibid.
  • 4. Jeanne Rose, The Aromatherapv Book. San Francisco: Herbal Studies Course/Jeanne Rose, 1992. 242.
  • 5. Ibid.
  • 6 Shirley Price and Penny Price Parr, Aromatherapv for babies and children. San Francisco: Thorsons, 1996. 120.

There are several Young Living products that are great for use in massage:

Choose one of the six soothing massage oils or create your own with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex and your favorite essential oil.

Essential 7™ and Golden Touch 1™ Kits, as well as the Raindrop Technique Kit, contain different oils that are wonderful and very popular for massage, including lavender for relaxation and peppermint for revitalization. Note that some oils may need dilution with a vegetable-based oil.

Reprinted with permission of Young Living, Lehi, UT 84043