Aromatherapy – Lymphatic Massage Treatments

Selection of oils and herbs

The essential oils used in Aromatherapy are distilled from plants which are specifically selected for their medicinal properties.  These essential oils carry a variety of health benefits ranging from assisting with headaches, respiratory ailments, skin disorders, muscular and join pain, insomnia and poor sleep quality and mood are just a few.

Studies have shown that Aromatherapy promotes the release of our four Neurotransmitter chemicals – Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin and Endorphins, better known a our ‘happy/feel good chemicals’.  Serotonin is our natural mood stabilizer as well as the chemical that helps our sleeping and digestion.  Dopamine is released when a pleasurable event is happening, such as eating desired foods or receiving a massage.  Oxytocin is released by touch. Several studies have shown that though touch, as in massage,  not only increases Oxytocin but can also reduce cardiovascular stress and improve the immune system.  Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body and they can relieve pain and stress.

Aromatherapy works through the sense of smell and skin absorption using products such as diffusers, inhalers, clays and masks.  The most effective and beneficial is through skin absorption by way of massage using carrier oils, balms, salves and creams all of which incorporate Essential Oils.

Aromatherapy blends can be designed based on the season. Currently with the Autumn chill I am incorporating a blend of Star Anise, Peru Balsam, Ginger and Buckthorn essential oils to support the immune system. Each element adds to the overall blend. Star Anise is a warm spiced oil which contains Thymol, Terrpineol and Anethole which are often used medicinally for colds and flu. Peru Balsam has a sweet and warm vanilla like aroma with a subtle hint of cinnamon, it helps to calm nervous tension and promotes a tranquil environment. Ginger adds a warm and spicy element and is invaluable in Lymphatic Massage for its anti-inflammatory effect. Buckthorn Berry is rich in Omega three, six and nine and assists the skin by promoting smoothness and radiancy.

I have a passion for Aromatherapy and have used it for almost 3 decades. Beginning in 1991 when I started my Skin Care and Cosmetics business to 6 years ago when I incorporated Aromatherapy in my massage treatments.

By using the combined techniques of Lymphatic Drainage with Aromatherapy and Remedial Massage as required, it is possible to stimulate the vital functions of the skin tissue and internal organs as well as also eliminating cellular waste and toxins.

Tips to help with tension headaches

Woman touching pressure points on side of head in pain

By ATMS member: Melinda Maskey from Maskey Massage | Remedial Massage Therapist

All of us sometimes have “those days”. Ones where you have more to do than hours to do it. Where you relate to the song “Under Pressure”. Worst of all, ones where your head feels as if is it caught in a vice.

That vice like feeling is probably caused by a tension headache. It’s the most common form of headache, and it is estimated that around 7 million Australians have experienced them.

You will probably feel a dull aching pain on both sides of the head, and sometimes your neck. Muscles around the area may feel tight, tender or sensitive to touch, and movement may be restricted.

But there are things you can do to help.

Tips to help with tension headaches:

  1. Have a large glass of water. Hydration is important. Fatigue is a side effect of dehydration. Both fatigue and dehydration can cause headaches.
  2. Take a break. Make sure you take a break from your work every 30 to 60 minutes. That means getting up and moving around. The goal is to rest and reset. Look to getting movement through different muscle groups.
  3. Play ball. Grab your massage ball of choice (lacrosse/tennis/spikey), stand up straight and place the ball between your neck or shoulders and the wall. By bending your legs up and down, you can use the ball to gently massage the areas of tension. Just remember, keep those shoulders relaxed, your neck elongated, stand with your feet hip width apart and breathe.
  4. Get a massage: Your qualified massage therapist can target and soothe those muscles that are causing your discomfort.

There are also some steps to take to avoid getting tension headaches in the first place.

  1. Look at your triggers: Stress may not be avoidable, but the way we approach it impacts the way our body responds. If possible, avoid triggering situations. If you can prepare for them, do so by treating your body well.
  2. Sleep: As mentioned above, fatigue is a factor in causing headaches. Make sure you get enough quality sleep.
  3. Make Good Choices: You know the drill… exercise, limit caffeine & alcohol intake and give up smoking.
  4. Check your bedding. If your bed or your pillows aren’t giving you the support you need, it may be time to look to upgrade.

Wishing you all a pain free future.

About the Author

Melinda Maskey is a Remedial Massage Therapist and the Founder of Maskey Massage.

Maskey Massage offers Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Cupping and Dry Needling. With over 18 years of clinical practice and a strong client outcome focus, all treatments tailored to individual needs.

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Insights from a Remedial Massage and Bodywork Practitioner

Elderly woman having a shoulder massage

Maggie Sands, ATMS Practitioner of Remedial Massage and Bodywork

With a diploma in remedial massage and naturopathy, Maggie was a practitioner for 15 years before turning her focus to massage education, founding the School of Integrated Body Therapy in Charmhaven NSW where she now acts as School Principle.

Why did you get into Natural Medicine?

I have a strong background in health and fitness, working as a professional swim coach in the 80s for state and national level swimmers and being one of the first to be trained as a fitness instructor in Australia.

I have always found great personal satisfaction in helping people maintain their health, I needed to find the flexibility of a career which would fit around the commitments of being a single parent.

I developed an interest in the structure and function of the body, especially in the prevention of muscular injury and discomfort, through my work in fitness. I found there was a natural progression towards the philosophy of Natural Medicine and ultimately, remedial therapy and bodywork.

Tell us more about your modality?

Remedial massage involves an effective bodywork treatment to assist a client recover from muscular dysfunction or to maintain a sense of physical wellbeing. From assessing the clients physical concerns using muscular testing, an individual client treatment plan is created and monitored looking for functional changes that can help to improve the client’s condition.

Remedial massage can be used to assist people dealing with stress and anxiety or those needing assistance with a condition that would cause pain or discomfort.

In these current times it is difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle and so remedial massage may be used to assist with the clients mind, body and spirit to maintain well-being and health.

Why are you passionate about Natural Medicine?

Fundamentally I wholeheartedly believe in the power of the body’s own innate healing force and when supported by a natural approach, health can be maintained and or improved.

I have spent over 35 years experiencing first-hand the positive effects Natural Medicine has had on the health and wellbeing 1000s of clients attending my LakeSpa Wellness Centre. I have witnessed many people’s lives turned around after trying everything else to solve their health related concerns.

Natural medicine may offer answers and solutions to numerous health concerns. Natural medicine offers a ‘holistic’ approach, considering the client’s whole body, not focusing primarily on a symptom alone. Our overall health involves a combination of the body’s mental, emotional, physical, spiritual well-being.

It’s a holistic approach to health which I truly believe has assisted so many.

To find out more about LakeSpa Wellness Centre, Central Coast NSW – visit: www.massageschool.com.au