Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic and volatile plant oils (also known also essential oils) to boost the immune system as a way to treat diseases or prevent them altogether. By assisting the body's natural ability to balance, regulate and heal itself, aromatherapy treats the entire body and not just singular symptoms of a disease or other afflictions.
Aside from its proactive and preventative medical benefits, aromatherapy is also frequently used to elicit an emotional response because our sense of smell can have a profound effect on our emotions. This is because the smell receptors located on the upper surface of the nasal cavity make direct links with the limbic system of the brain, where the scent is perceived and processed. You've probably heard that the scent of peppermint spurs energetic feelings and why lavender aroma brings a sense of relaxation, making it one of the most popular massage enhancements! Massage is an ideal way to enjoy aromatherapy because you receive not only the therapeutic and sensory properties of the essential oils, but the wonderful benefits of the massage itself at the same time. The combination of the therapeutic action triggered by the essential oils and the revitalizing effects of massage stimulate all of the organs in the body, not to mention the muscles, nerves, and skin. In addition, the increased circulation of the blood during a massage is a highly effective way to clear the body of toxins. At Massage by Shawna, complimentary doTERRA aromatherapy is included with every massage package -- it's one of the ways I provide clients an unparalleled spa experience right here in Boulder City, Nevada!