Choosing the oils for an aromatherapy massage, the aroma therapist creates generally a synergistic blend of three oils which are then added to carrier oil. A synergistic blend means that when a particular set of oils are mixed together; they will helps to make a pleasing scent and also enhance each other's properties.
Once the oils are blended together the massage can begin. It can be taking in the back, arms, chest, head, stomach, legs and can be a full body massage, or a facial beauty massage or a simple back massage. An aromatherapy massage should be gentle, but firm. It generally begins with the back, legs and buttocks before you turn over and the aroma therapist massages the front.
In long sweeping strokes the oil is applied which warm the muscles and skin which helps to prepare the body aroma therapy massage. Once the muscles are warmed, the masseur will continue with deeper massage, squeezing and rolling the skin and underlying muscles between the hands. Again, this deeply relaxing, and this should not be painful.
During aromatherapy massage, the blood drawn to the surface and the skin is warmed, encouraging the elimination of toxins from the body and increasing circulation, which has the consequence of speeding up recovery time from any injury or illness.
Depending on the oils used, the effects of a this therapy massage can last up to 48 hours. The skin may feel slightly greasy, but the overall effect is one of deep Relaxation and calm. It is not recommended to drink alcohol or drive after massage. You may be feeling lightheaded after only one drink and some oils can increase the effect of alcohol, and you may also feel too sleepy to drive.