At a recent alternative medicine conference, I attended there were many Human resource professionals in attendance. They were seeking information about stress management, yoga, wellness fairs and massage services for their employees. In attendance was The New York City Chair Massage Company – www.eventschairmassage.com.
One of the main topics was medicinal plants, aromatherapy and how some herbalists create their own products. This was important because seated chair massage combined with aromatherapy is being used more often now at trade shows at the Javits Center to increase sales as well as to increase productivity and reduce absenteeism.
Modes of application
The modes of application of aromatherapy include:
- Aerial diffusion: for environmental fragrancing or aerial disinfection
- Direct inhalation: for respiratory disinfection, decongestant, expectoration as well as psychological effects
- Topical applications: for general massage, baths, compresses, therapeutic skin care.
Some of the materials employed include:
- Essential oils: fragrant oils extracted from plants chiefly through steam distillation (e.g., eucalyptus oil) or expression (grapefruit oil). However, the term is also occasionally used to describe fragrant oils extracted from plant material by any solvent extraction. This material includes incense reed diffusers.
- Absolutes: fragrant oils extracted primarily from flowers or delicate plant tissues through solvent or supercritical fluid extraction (e.g., rose absolute). The term is also used to describe oils extracted from fragrant butters, concretes, and enfleurage pommades using ethanol.
- Carrier oils: typically oily plant base triacylglycerides that dilute essential oils for use on the skin (e.g., sweet almond oil).
- Herbal distillates or hydrosols: the aqueous by-products of the distillation process (e.g., rosewater). Common herbal distillates are chamomile, rose, and lemon balm.
- Infusions: aqueous extracts of various plant material (e.g., infusion of chamomile).
- Phytoncides: various volatile organic compounds from plants that kill microbes. Many terpene-based fragrant oils and sulfuric compounds from plants in the genus “Allium” are phytoncides, though the latter are likely less commonly used in aromatherapy due to their disagreeable odors.
- Aroma lamp or diffuser: an electric or candle-fueled device which volatilizes essential oils, usually mixed with water.
- Vaporizer: typically higher oil content plant-based materials dried, crushed, and heated to extract and inhale the aromatic oil vapors in a direct inhalation modality.
Today most chair massage experts use aromatherapy in hand and foot massage to create a sense of harmony and relaxation in stressed-out workers. This is especially so for serious athletes such as cyclists.
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