Stress management is very important, not only for people currently experiencing stress, but also for those wishing to do preventive medicine. There are a lot of stress management techniques offered in spas, health clinics and holistic medicine practices today. These include massage, meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, guided imagery, music therapy, aerobic exercise, natural medications and others.
One of the most popular and effective systems is aroma therapy. As the name suggests, it is a treatment using essential aromas and oils from plants and flowers that have been seen to have health benefits. Not only can this provide relaxation and stress relief, it also offers a variety of health benefits because the essential plant oils used in the therapy have natural properties that provide relief for many health problems, including aches and pains.
These oils, as the primary ingredient for aroma therapy, may also help bring the body back into equilibrium and balance via the nervous system. The fragrance of these oils adds to the enjoyability and relaxation as we equate fragrances from trees and flowers to times of peace and tranquillity.
Aroma therapies have been used for centuries and the benefits have been passed down through many generations. Aroma therapy was thought to have healing properties due to the essential oil properties balancing the body, mind and spirit thus casting out any stressful vibrations. In modern times, the effectiveness on relaxation and stress relief has been proven by measuring vital biofeedback signals.
Natural oils are also seen to have detoxification properties that remove toxins and other harmful substances from the body. Thus, aroma therapy can assist with symptoms of headache, stomach-ache, constipation and muscle tension.
It can relieve exhaustion, fear, frustration, anxiety, depression and even panic attacks. It can improve concentration, self awareness and self confidence. There are many more benefits which promote total well-being and slow the effects of aging.
Although aroma therapy was traditionally used as an aromatic bath with the raw ingredients steeped in hot water, aroma therapy in the modern era incorporates methods modified to suit the particular needs of the individual. For example, electrical oil burners are used to heat the oil and infuse a room.
Small vials with roll-on tips are a convenient way to apply oil to the body. Aromatherapy massage involves a body massage using the essential oils added to the base lubricant - the goal is still the same but it includes a body massage which enhances the relaxation effect of the oils.
With increasingly stressful jobs that arise from our advancing technology, people are now looking for various ways to manage these stresses. Stress management programs often include aroma therapy. Aroma therapy has been around for centuries and generations, but has had a resurgence in recent times with the advent of widespread stress.