Want to pamper your spouse with an at home aromatherapy massage? You don’t have to be a professional masseuse to give your partner a high-quality massage. However, giving a good massage is probably more challenging than you think.
You can’t just pull a bottle of moisturizer out of the bathroom closet and start slathering it on your partner. There’s some skill and technique involved.
Learn how to give a great massage and your spouse will be impressed and grateful. Massage therapy is one of the best forms of natural stress relief. There are many different kinds of massage, such as Swedish massage, reflexology, chair massage and others.
But a great aromatherapy massage from you is something your partner won’t soon forget!
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Try these techniques below.
Consider the location and the surface.
Privacy can matter, depending on the type of massage. You might be able to massage your partner’s neck at the park, but there are some massage options that might be questionable to do in public. Then again, the kitchen floor might be private, but less than appealing. The environment matters.
A firm surface is best. It’s not easy to give a great massage on a soft bed. In fact, it’s uncomfortable for the giver and the receiver. A clean, carpeted floor can work well, but can be hard on the knees of the masseuse. If you want to get really fancy, consider buying a massage table to create your at home aromatherapy massage spa.
The type of oil or lotion matters.
Many skin moisturizers are poor choices for massage purposes. They don’t glide well and absorb into the skin too quickly. Choosing the right oil helps. Buy massage oils that are intended for massage purposes.
It might take some experimentation to find the best one for you and your spouse. Two oils used often for aromatherapy massage include lavender and clary sage. This essential oils beginner set is a great place to start!
Use the oil properly.
Warm the massage oil before applying it to the body. You can pour it onto your hands and warm it by rubbing your hands together. You can also warm the bottle in warm water.
Always avoid applying the oil directly to your partner’s body. Always apply it to your hands. This avoids over application of the oil and helps to normalize the temperature of the oil.
Lighting, music, scent.
Consider all the aspects of the location where you’ll be giving the massage. There are many options for lighting. You can use color lighting, candles, or anything else that you think will work. Low lighting is often the best option.
Nature sounds? Soft jazz? No noise at all? It’s up to you and your partner.
Some people love a strong massage aroma and essential oil scents, while others find them offensive. Some people love the smell of lavender, and others despise it. Choose wisely.
Try this recipe. Add 10-20 drops of lavender essential oil to 1/8 cup of carrier oil. Almond or jojoba oil are acceptable carrier oils. Ideally, have your spouse massage the oil into your skin. Stay away from the eyes and mucous membranes.
Try this Romance diffuser blend:
- 3 drops of orange oil
- 2 drops of YlangYlang oil
Add these to your diffuser of choice, following the instructions for your diffuser.
Start the massage session with the bigger muscles.
It’s best to begin with the back and the thighs. You can then branch out to the shoulders, arms, neck, and lower legs.
Focusing on the bigger muscles first will help your partner to relax sooner and more deeply.
- Get the pressure right. A massage can be too hard or too soft. Communicate with your partner and get feedback. It won’t take long before you know what aromatherapy massage techniques your partner likes.
- Avoid going too fast. It can take a little time to really work a muscle thoroughly. If you move your hands too quickly, or move to a new area too quickly, your partner can feel frustrated. Take your time. It’s not a race.
- Avoid lingering too long. It’s also possible to spend too much time on one area. The skin and the muscle can become irritated if you focus for too long on one spot.
- Learn more. There are many styles of massage and many massage techniques. Consider getting a book or taking a class. There’s much to learn!
- Take turns! You’ll learn more about giving a aroma massage if you’re regularly on the receiving end of one. Besides, you deserve it!
Surprise your spouse next weekend with a professional quality aromatic massage. You’ll be impressed by how many points you score and by how much fun you have in the process. Make plans to shake up your weekend routine and pamper your partner.
How to be safe while performing an aromatherapy massage
- Some essential oils can exacerbate certain conditions. Certain oils should be avoided by those with existing medical conditions, such as asthma, epilepsy, and pregnancy. It’s not possible to provide an exhaustive list in this space, but be aware of the issue. Perform the necessary research to ensure you’re being safe.
- It can be a bad idea to apply essential oils directly to the skin without diluting them first. Two common examples of exceptions include lavender and tea tree, but there are still risks. It’s much easier to develop sensitivities to specific oils when they are applied in high concentrations. Which leads to the next item.
- Some oils react with ultraviolet light, specifically UVA. These exposed oils can then cause blistering and redness to the skin. The primary culprits are cold-pressed citrus oils. The distilled citrus oils are generally considered to be safe when exposed to UVA. Other phototoxic essential oils include:
- Angelica Root Essential Oil
- Bergamot (Cold Pressed)
- Bitter Orange (Cold Pressed)
- Fig Leaf Absolute
- Grapefruit (Cold Pressed)
- Lemon (Cold Pressed)
- Lime (Cold Pressed)
- Mandarin Leaf
Essential oils can lead to allergic reactions or other types of sensitivities.
- It’s a good idea to test any oils you’ve never used before on a small patch of skin.
- To test for sensitivity, dilute the essential oil in question to a 2% concentration. The quick and dirty way to do this is to add 12 drops of essential oil to 30 ml of carrier oil or lotion. One tablespoon equals 15 ml.
- Put one drop of the diluted oil on your skin. The arm is a good location.
- Put a band aid or similar bandage over the oil and wait. If you feel any discomfort within 24 hours, immediately wash the area with soap and water.
- If 24 hours pass without any negative reaction, you can consider the oil safe to use on your skin.
Some essential oils are considered unsafe for use by non-experts.
A few of these include: camphor, onion, wintergreen and bitter almond. There are more complete lists available online.
Beware of mixing aromatherapy and children.
Young children are curious and love the smell of many aromatherapy mixtures. This often results in the child drinking the mixture. Treat aromatherapy solutions as poisons when children are involved. Avoid underestimating the ability of your child to surprise you.
Do not consume essential oils.
Your child shouldn’t be drinking them, and neither should you! Though many oils are derived from common foods, essential oils are highly concentrated.
Essential oils have the power to heal and to harm. Understand the dangers that essential oils can pose in certain situations. Avoid causing yourself any undue harm. Remember, you’re trying to de-stress and comfort your spouse, not create additional suffering in your life. Use aromatherapy wisely.
You now have a low-level understanding of massage aromatherapy and the benefits. You can acquire the necessary supplies to get started, but continue to learn more about aromatherapy. There are entire books written on single aromatherapy topics. You can also search for aromatherapy massage youtube videos. Keep learning.