It’s estimated that over 3 million American adults are affected by anxiety. Only about one-third of those who suffer from it receive treatment, usually from pharmaceutical medications that have undesirable side effects. Yet, when people wonder how to relieve anxiety, they often don’t consider one of the most effective natural methods: aromatherapy.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are derived from the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They are volatile, aromatic compounds, meaning they change from their solid or liquid state to gases very quickly at room temperature—hence their potent fragrance. The use of these botanicals in forms of therapy dates back thousands of years.
While different essential oils have different effects, it’s been proven that certain oils have healing properties ranging from the alleviation of physical pain to mitigating the crippling effects of anxiety and depression. Their healing benefits can be reaped through inhalation, topical application or massage.
If you want to learn how to relieve anxiety on your own, the following essential oils have been known to ease nerves:
- Sweet orange
The Nurturing Effects of Massage
Massage, like aromatherapy, has nurturing mental effects. In addition to easing physical tension that can contribute to anxiety, massage also increases your body’s levels of oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin, which lower stress and uplift mood. Regular massage further reduces unease.
Thoroughly trained, licensed massage therapists, like the ones at Elements of Rockville Centre, understand techniques that stimulate circulation, cleanse the body of toxins and melt away anxiety.
How to Relieve Anxiety by Combining the Two
Since aromatherapy and massage are both highly recommended methods for those curious about how to relieve anxiety, combining the two is ideal. Mixing essential oils with massage hugely amplifies the deep feeling of relaxation that either one would offer alone.
At Elements Massage in Rockville Centre, essential oils that multiply the calming effects offered by massage include:
- Lavender. A light, floral scent that promotes relaxation, improves mood and encourage a deep, restful sleep.
- Vitality. This blend of essential oils has a floral scent with an earthy finish. It too is profoundly calming and helps boost mood.
- Radiance. The slightly sweet, citrusy scent of this essential oil also carries a hint of pine and works as a mood enhancer.
- Eucalyptus. With strong herbal notes, eucalyptus promotes focus and clarity, helping to rid your mind of unwanted angst.
A massage coupled with essential oils will leave you feeling more relaxed and invigorated than ever.
Since we’re strong proponents of the use of essential oils in therapeutic massage, Elements Massage of Rockville Centre will provide a free aromatherapy add-on to any massage for first-time customers (through July 31, 2016).
*Clients with medical contraindications for aromatherapy will not receive the treatment and only the Licensed Massage Therapist can make the determination.