Sports massage has been used by many athletes across the millennia, but only recently, has Western scientists been able to document what athlete’s have known and felt for many years.
There is a very important caveat to note:
– Not all massage is created equal.
– There are many different forms of massage, as there are ‘tools’ in a carpenter’s toolbox.
“Use the right tool for the right job at the right time”
– Using the wrong type of essential oils (See below) can greatly influence the outcome of a massage session.
– Under the hands of a skilled masseuse, who has a good-sized ‘toolbox’, the benefits listed below will be greatly actualized. Consequently, under unskilled ignorant hands, massage could have the reverse effect or no effect at all.
1) Massage can be effective for treating and potentially alleviating chronic pain via. two known mechanisms
– Decreasing the levels of Cortisol (i.e. cortisol is a hormone that destroys cells – i.e. immune, muscle etc….).
– Increasing neuro-endocrine functions such as elevated levels of Serotonin and Dopamine (i.e. both serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that improve your mood – i.e. reduction in anxiety, anger, hostility and depression).
2) Increased mobility and suppleness of both joints and muscles respectively.
3) Improved immune system response via increased circulating levels of NK (natural killer) and increased T-lymphocytes.
4) Increased Vasodilatation, thereby reducing blood pressure.
5) Increased Muscle Tone and Strength via the use of very specific types of massage strokes.
6) Using specific Essential Oils can increase the likelihood of a positive therapeutic outcome. Listed below are just some of the essential oils that can be used as well as their potential benefits. Note: these oils are usually in a concentrated form, and only require a few drops to considered an effective dose. 786
Arnica Oil – assists in alleviating the effect of bruising.
Celery Oil – has the property of clearing from uric acid the joints aiding the relief of gout, fatigue and arthritic conditions.
Angelica Oil – is warming and stimulating herb suitable for types of osteoarthritis and rheumatism.
Bergamot Oil – inflammation
Basil Oil – anxiety, muscle spasm.
Camphor Oil – congestion, neuralgia, swelling.
Cinnamon Oil – promotes warming and encourages blood circulation. use with caution.
Cyprus Oil – inflammation
Geranium Oil – inflammation, tension.
Ginger Oil – warming, inflammation, immune stimulant
Lemon Oil – has a cooling, anti-inflamatory and diuretic properties.
Juniper Oil – acts as a diuretic in swollen joints.
Roman Chamomile Oil – Spasm, poor circulation, neuralgia, nervousness, increases circulation, inflammation.
Rosemary Oil – increases blood flow, analgesic, anti-rheumatic and immune stimulating properties.
Rosewood Oil – healing, tension, inflammation, helps break up collagen from scars.
Lavender Oil – inflammation, muscular and rheumatic pains, neuralgia.
Ylang Ylang Oil – general tension, anxiety.
Sandalwood Oil – anxiety, mood enhancer, inflammation.
Marjoram Oil – arthritic and rheumatic inflammation, immune stimulant.
Peppermint Oil – promotes cooling, relaxes peripheral blood vessels, decrease fatigue, promote digestion, increaesed liver activity and has an analgesic effect,
Eucalyptus Oil – arthritic and rheumatic pain, neuralgia, muscular pain, inflamation.
Mentol Oil – relaxes peripheral blood flow, promotes sweating and has an analgesic effect.
Wintergreen Oil – warming, inflammation, immune stimulant.
Note: please contact your Medical Doctor before trying any of the Essential Oils