M is for Massage, Mandarin, Melissa & Myrrh

Massage couch

My Massage Couch in A Joy of Health Clinic

Massage

One of the most common ways to use aromatherapy is to massage the oils in, once a blend has been made up according to the results that you want to achieve. The effect of a massage with aromatherapy blend is two-fold. Firstly the very act of massage will relax the individual, easing out tired and aching muscles. The second effect is the one that the oils will have, we call this a systemic effect. If you have an aching muscle you may want to have massage directly on that muscle, but the oils are going to be absorbed into the bloodstream and have a therapeutic effect systemically.

We have spoken about Blends and Dilution in previous posts. It is not easy to write a method of massaging for you to follow from a blog post, but there are 1 or 2 pieces of advice that I am going to write here, in case you want to experiment for yourself with a partner.

First of all, the room needs to be at a comfortable temperature for the recipient to remain warm. There is nothing worse than trying to have a nice relaxing massage, and all you can think of is shivering. Keep the parts of the body that you are not working on covered, it is wise to be wearing old clothes that you don’t mind if oil gets onto them, this is also wise to note if you are going to a spa or salon to have a treatment.  Ambient music is helpful too. Try to pick something that you can chill out to, you don’t want to be singing along in your head if you can help it.

When massaging your partner, you are hopefully comfortable enough with each other, to give feedback. There is nothing worse than being “tickled” or equally having pain inflicted upon you when you are supposed to be relaxing. Be firm, stroke with the flat of your hand and follow the contours of the body, to begin with. As you get more acquainted with the bones that you can feel, explore around those bones, can you feel tension “knotty” parts, gently use your finger tips to apply pressure, be aware of their reaction, if they tense up, take the pressure off a tad. My advice is to start with the back, as this is a nice large area to start exploring your partners body. Begin with applying enough oil to the whole area, so that you can get a rhythm going without breaking off mid-way.

There are a few things to be aware of. Obviously you don’t want to be massaging over broken bones, if someone has had an accident, be aware that they may have broken something, especially if the pain is acute. Believe me they will yelp if something is broken. Don’t massage over broken skin, and be aware of massaging too heavily if the skin has spots or pimples. The essential oils may be useful in such instances, but it is probably better that the individual does this themselves, as they are far more likely to use the right pressure. Make sure you wash your hands before and after too.

I would love to know how you get on.

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Mandarin                       Citrus madurenisis                                                 Keyword: Uplifting

Amphora mandarinThis is one of the few oils that can safely be used on young children, along with Lavender and Chamomile. It has similar properties to orange but milder. It calms the digestive system, so useful where a baby may have been diagnosed with colic or reflux, although I would highly recommend that you take a baby who has been diagnosed with either of these to see a Chiropractor or cranial sacral therapist, as in my experience these baby’s are suffering from birth trauma, and need adjusting.

Mandarin is photo-toxic and is therefore best not used just before going out into strong sunlight.

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Myrrh                                      Commiphora myrrha                                   Keyword: ResAmphora myrrhinous

It is one of the oldest known oils and has religious significance often used for annointing in Biblical times. More will be revealed about annointing in U.  Priests used it for exorcisms in the past. Greek soldiers used to carry myrrh into battle for their wounds. Still used by Soul Midwives today, along with other sacred oils, more in S.

Not to be used on children of any age, or when pregnant.

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Can you believe we are halfway through this AtoZChallenge, how are you all doing?

Tomorrow we will be looking at “Notes” how to choose your oils for blending depending on the time of day that you are using them.

Blessings Joy

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