Aromatherapy Massage For Anxiety- Does It Work? | The Stuff Nobody Tells You
Updated: Feb 7
According to research done by Statistica, 25% of US adults reported cases of anxiety from May 26th to June 7th, 2021. Though the numbers could be attributed to the pandemic and mass job losses, the rate is high. But all is not lost.
Medical experts recommend seeking professional assistance to help manage and reduce the chances of suffering anxiety attacks. Some of the recommended complementary treatment is aromatherapy massage.
Some studies also claim that aromatherapy massage modality is excellent for anxiety relief, but the question is, does it work? Stay with me till the end as I unveil some of the things you need to know about Aromatherapy massage.
But before we get into the meat and potatoes, get to know the massage modality better.
What Is Aromatherapy Massage?
An aromatherapy massage is a therapeutic modality that has been used for ages to relieve pain, relax muscles and improve mood. The massage dates back 3500 years in ancient Egypt. During the massage, natural essential oils extracted from plants and have therapeutic effects are used.
Historically, essential oils have healing properties and are accepted in mainstream medicine to promote health and well-being, including managing anxiety. A study published in 2014 in the Journal of Biomedical Research International showed that 4 weeks of aromatherapy massage for older people with chronic pain effectively worked for anxiety, stress, and depression.
However, some people consider doing aromatherapy at home but end up not getting the results they wanted. Does this sound familiar? Well, you are not alone. Read on to know why it is not safe to have aromatherapy from an unlicensed therapist.