Posted By Dr. Eric Pragle, DC, LMT
Massage a soothing fragrant essential oil; like Lavender, into tired muscles- is one of the most pleasurable ways to relax and unwind.
During massage therapy, taut muscles relax, tension released and blood flow is increased, giving a warm feeling of comfort and wellbeing. Even thoughprofessional massage therapist undertake a complex study of anatomy, there is no reason why you can't give a massage to a friend or family member at home. It is an age old technique that is even made more powerful when combined with aromatherapy, since massaging a blend of essential oils into the skin is the most efficient way of delivering the oil's therapeutic properties. The various essential oils have different therapeutic affects. The environment for a massage is important as the body temperature can drop and you need to make sure the room is warm and comfortable.
Almost any part of the body can be massaged including the back, shoulders, legs, hands, feet, stomach and neck; even the face can be quite nice. Every person is different in where they hold their tension or what type of massage touch is best. It's very important to check with the person often to see if the pressure is good.
There are four basic massage techniques being: effleurage, kneading, lymphatic drainage, and friction- which can be a combination to achieve a variety of effects. A faster, vigorous massage can be used to prepare the person for sport or athletic event. While a slow moving, gentle massage can be used for a deeply relaxing massage. At Pragle Chiropractic we utilize Lavender aromatherapy and essential oils on the skin to accentuate the great benefits of each massage. Typically, most clients reach a greater state of relaxation and more quickly with the lavender. Many clients report an excellent night sleep following the aromatherapy massage.
Dr. Pragle believes strongly in the healing powers of essential oils and has been using them and studying them in depth for more than a decade. Please visit www.praglechiro.com to book your appointment. Located at 1820 Riggins Rd. #1, Tallahassee, FL 32308.