Everything you need to know about an aromatherapy massage

In the frantic pace of life that characterizes our time, finding ways to relax and recharge is essential for maintaining balance. An increasingly popular option for rejuvenation is aromatherapy massage, a practice that combines the therapeutic benefits of massage with the healing properties of essential oils. 

In this article, we will explore what aromatherapy is and provide you with an introduction to the knowledge needed about this therapeutic practice. Our goal is to empower you to make informed decisions about your rest and relaxation.

What’s aromatherapy? 

Aromatherapy is a form of therapy that utilizes the aromas of essential oils extracted from plants to promote health and well-being. These oils are obtained through distillation or extraction processes and are used in a variety of forms, such as inhalation, topical applications or in aroma diffusers. 

Aromatherapy is an ancient practice rooted in the premise that the aromas of essential oils have the power to significantly influence various aspects of a person’s life. This belief is based on the idea that scents are not only perceived by the sense of smell but also have the ability to stimulate specific areas of the brain related to emotions, memories, and mood.


What does an aromatherapy massage entail? 

It combines traditional massage techniques with the use of oils to enhance their healing and relaxing effects. During the massage, the therapist applies the oils to the client’s skin and gently massages them, allowing the aromas to be absorbed into the body through the skin and respiratory system. This process helps relax muscles, relieve stress, and improve the recipient’s mood.

Benefits of aromatherapy massage

The benefits of an aromatherapy massage are diverse and can include:

  • Deep relaxation: Essential oils have relaxing attributes that help reduce stress and anxiety, promoting a sense of calm and well-being during and after the session.
  • Pain relief: Some essential oils, such as lavender and eucalyptus, have analgesic properties that can help relieve pain in joints or muscles after high-impact physical activities.
  • Mood improvement: Aromas can stimulate the brain’s limbic system, which controls emotions, allowing for mood enhancement and reduction of feelings of sadness or irritability.
  • Better sleep: Some essential oils, like chamomile and sandalwood, have sedative properties that can help induce sleep and improve the quality of nighttime rest.

Classification of essential oils used in aromatherapy 

Essential oils are classified based on their “notes,” which refer to the oil’s evaporation rate and aromatic persistence. This classification into low, medium, and high notes helps therapists create balanced and harmonious blends that provide optimal therapeutic benefits during aromatherapy massage.

1. Low note oils: 

Low note oils have slow evaporation and a denser, more persistent fragrance. These oils often have relaxing and sedative properties, making them ideal for inducing calmness and promoting deep relaxation during massage. Some examples of low note oils include:

  • Sandalwood 
  • Vetiver 
  • Cedar

2. Medium note oils:

Medium note oils have moderate evaporation and a balanced fragrance that combines elements of both low and high notes. These oils are versatile and commonly used to balance and harmonize aromatherapy blends. Some examples of medium note oils include:

  • Lavender
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Geranium

3. High note oils:

High note oils have rapid evaporation and a fresh, stimulating fragrance. These oils often have revitalizing and energizing properties, making them ideal for awakening the senses and enhancing concentration during massage. Some examples of high note oils include:

  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus

Renew your body and mind at Novo Spa 

At Novo Spa, we understand the importance of caring for your well-being and providing spa experiences that help you relax, rejuvenate, and revitalize. With our focus on excellence and quality, we invite you to discover the benefits of aromatherapy massage and experience true indulgence for your senses and your body.

Always remember to consult with a professional before starting any aromatherapy treatment, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions or are pregnant. 

At Novo Spa, your well-being is our priority!