What’s that smell?!

We all have moments when a certain scent hits us and a distinct memory comes rushing in, or a time when a smell so wonderfully delicious makes our tummy growl.  The power of smell is not to be underestimated.  It’s quite an amazing thing, and as a wellness practitioner that can work very well in your favor.

In Thai Yoga Massage the use of massage oil is sparse, but essential oils are a wonderful addition to a session.  However, because of the power of smell, it’s important to be aware of the mood or emotion that a particular scent will invoke.

For Focus & Center: Frankincense, Lavender, Rosemary, Petit Grain, Cedarwood

Soothing & Relaxing: Cedar, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Clary Sage

Energizing & Stimulating: Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Eucalyptus, Lime, Mandarin

Certain essential oils can be harsh when undiluted and used directly on the skin, but there are many ways to effectively use them.  Infuse with water as a spritzer to cleanse the space after a client, use in a beeswax balm (or another carrier) for therapeutic work on hands and feet, use in a room diffuser, combine with your favorite moisturizer for a morning pick-me-up, add a few drops to a humidifier or create your own full-body massage oil.

To guide our students in the use of oils in their own practice we have infused an Aromatherapy & Analgesics workshop into our program!