From the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Aromatherapy to the Rescue,” by Elizabeth McGinnes, in the October 2009 issue. Article summary: There is no question massage therapy is a satisfying career, but caring for people can be challenging, stressful and often tiring. An excellent way to boost or maintain your energy, health and well-being is with aromatherapy.

by Valerie Bennis

During the day, there are many ways you can help alleviate stress and revive and restore yourself using aromatherapy. Many are quick and easy to do with immediate benefit. Try one of these in between treating your clients:

1. Massage a small amount of an aromatherapy blend on the area above your upper lip.

2. Use an aromatherapy mist in your treatment room or mist the air around you, or both. This is a great way to clear energy.

3. Put a drop of a blend into the palms of the hands, rub them together and then inhale the aroma. The blend can also be put onto a tissue or cotton ball.

For energizing blends during the day, you can use peppermint, spearmint, basil, sage, fennel, eucalyptus, orange, lemon and grapefruit. Synergies with these oils are recommended over single notes.

At night, create a relaxing environment before you get into bed to help ensure a peaceful and restorative sleep.

1. Use an aromatherapy diffuser.

2. Soak in a bath with oil that contains soothing essential oils.

3. Drink chamomile tea.

4. Massage your feet and hands.

5. Mist your pillow with a lavender-based blend.

6. Put a drop of a concentrated lavender-based blend on your pillow.

For relaxing blends at night, you can use lavender, marjoram, cedarwood, ylang/ylang, chamomile and mandarin. Synergies with these oils are recommended over single notes.

Treat yourself each day with essential oils; this is nature’s gift to you!

Valerie Bennis is the founder and president of Essence of Vali Inc., a company specializing in the manufacture of therapeutic aromatherapy blends.For more information, visit www.essenceofvali.com.

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