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The use of essential oils (extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods, and roots) in body and
skin care treatments is known as aromatherapy. Used as a healing technique for thousands of
years by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, essential oils aid in relaxation, improve circulation,
and help the healing of wounds. Aromatherapy diffusers are utilized to fill the massage room
with the scent of the oils. Specific essential oils are blended by the aromatherapist and added
to a carrier oil, such as almond oil, to be used during the massage. Each oil has its own unique
characteristics and benefits.

Massage or massage therapy are systems of structured palpation or movement of the soft tissue
of the body. The massage system may include, but is not limited to, such techniques as, stroking,
kneading, gliding, percussion, friction, vibration, compression, passive or active stretching
within the normal anatomical range of movement; effleurage (either firm or light soothing,
stroking movement, without dragging the skin, using either padded parts of fingertips or palms);
petrissage (lifting or picking up muscles and rolling the folds of skin); or tapotement (striking
with the side of the hand, usually with partly flexed fingers, rhythmic movements with fingers or
short rapid movements of sides of the hand). These techniques may be applied with or without
the aid of lubricants, salt or herbal preparations, hydromassage, thermal massage or a massage
device that mimics or enhances the actions possible by human hands. The purpose of the practice
of massage is to enhance the general health and well-being of the recipient. Massage does not
include the diagnosis of a specific pathology, the prescription of drugs or controlled substances,
spinal manipulation or those acts of physical therapy that are outside the scope of massage

This slow, deep approach addresses the body's connective tissue, also known as fascia. Fascia
is the structural tissue that runs throughout the body separating muscle from muscle, connecting
muscle to bone and connecting bone to bone. Both the circulatory and nervous systems lie within
the connective tissue, therefore this approach has widespread effects on health and wellness.

This technique of soft-tissue manipulation balances the body’s central nervous system with
the musculoskeletal system. Often the body develops patterns in response to injury or simply
repeated activities. Based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system
initiates and maintains pain, the goal is to help relieve the pain and dysfunction by understanding
and alleviating the underlying cause. This form of therapy uses pressure, movement and
positions as ways to re-educate the nervous system. It is used to locate and release spasms
and hypercontraction in the tissue, eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain, rebuild the
strength of injured tissues, assist venous and lymphatic flow, and restore postural alignment,
proper biomechanics, and flexibility to the tissues. This type of work is often very effective with
those suffering from injury.

One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a
vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic
strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The
disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists
use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with
the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may
include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation,
which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.