Aromatherapy Vs Sensual Massage
Erotic and sensual massages hold a particularly infamous reputation among the massage therapy industry. There is a misconception that masseuses from this branch are sex workers and overlook the fact that they work according to similar principles as standard therapists. The only difference? Erotic masseuses view the body as a whole entity, focusing on the sexual areas as well as normal areas. This results in literal whole body satisfaction and relaxation.
For this reason, erotic masseuses are seen as prostitutes. We’re here to help change that perception by comparing two forms of alternative therapy, one normal and one erotic, to show you that the two aren’t really that different.
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative therapy. It uses natural oils, extracted from flowers and other parts of the plant such as the bark, stems, leaves and roots, to improve and heighten physical and psychological wellbeing. The name ‘aromatherapy’ suggests what the treatment consists of. ‘Aroma’ means scent and ‘therapy’ means treatment, so aromatherapy is using the scented parts of flowers and plants to enhance physical and mental wellbeing.
The aroma of essential oils are inhaled and this is thought to stimulate and enhance brain function. The oils may also be absorbed through the skin whereby they travel directly through the bloodstream to promote head-to-toe healing.
Here are some examples of the ways essential oils can be used:
Diluted with carrier oil, also known as base oil, so it flows more smoothly and massaged into the skin
Added to warm bath water
Added to unperfumed creams and lotions, like a moisturiser
Added to aromatherapy diffusers or vaporisers.
What happens during aromatherapy?
An aromatherapy session will begin with a detailed consultation first. Your therapist will ask a series of questions to determine your medical history, lifestyle, diet and potential health problems. As they are not medical professionals, they cannot make a medical diagnosis, but they can give advice on the most appropriate course of aromatherapy treatment and personalise it based on your details.
They may recommend a single essential oil or a blend of different ones, depending on your problems and what result you’re looking for. The oils will be used in diffusers or vaporisers in the background and massaged into your skin. The therapist may prepare oils for you to use in creams or baths at home.
The session will typically be an hour-long or an hour and a half. You might find that one session is enough or you might require several sessions. The therapist will advise you whether an isolated session or a course will be most beneficial for you.
How does it work and what are the benefits?
It’s a very sensual type of therapy that is often used alongside other forms of medicinal treatment. Inhaling or massaging the oils into the skin are the most common techniques used in aromatherapy. Smelling aromatic oils stimulate the olfactory system – the sensory system that’s responsible for smelling. There is research to suggest that certain fragrances, particularly pleasant ones, have effects on mood, making you feel relaxed, motivated, focused or even romantic. Massaging the oil into the skin further enhances these moods.
Aromatherapy has many benefits. Inhaling pleasant fragrances are known to have a positive effect on mood. They can reduce stress, anxiety, lift depression and cure insomnia. For example:
Lavender (also can be used to treat open wounds)
For improving concentration:
Eucalyptus (also treats coughs, colds and even TB)
For pleasant scent:
Lemon (also treats digestive problems)
For boosting the immune system:
For reducing blood pressure:
American spice apple oil
For antiseptic purposes:
Myrrh (also treats acne, eczema, thrush, varicose veins and athlete’s feet)
Frankincense (also reduces inflammation and scars)
As you can see, the aroma can affect a variety of physical and mental systems. Rosemary, eucalyptus and peppermint can help stimulate your brain and keep you stay alert for a long day at work. A few drops of chamomile, lavender and patchouli in your warm bath can help you relax after a stressful day. Even hospitals are dabbling in aromatherapy to help patients relax before they enter surgery or begin treatments.
Massaging oils into your skin is also a fantastic way of experiencing aromatherapy. Essential oils are made up of a multitude of beneficial natural compounds that offer more benefits than just smelling nice. Chinese Tiger Balm, for example, eases aches, strains and pains. Frankincense is known to reduce the appearance of scars and inflammation.
Aromatherapy is extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to treat a number of physical and emotional ailments.
Is aromatherapy good for health
Aromatherapy can be used to help and relieve pain in a variety of conditions and their symptoms. It can used to help alleviate acute or chronic pains, anxiety, nausea, depression and insomnia. It can even be helped to ease the symptoms of cancer, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, dementia and even pain during labour.
Aromatherapy oils can be bought from pharmacies and health shops or you can be treated by a therapist.
What is sensual massage?
Sensual massage is a branch of erotic massage. It aims to excite the senses using a series of specialised massage techniques combined with a sensually stimulating atmosphere. This will result in arousal and sensual therapists welcome orgasmic releases.
Sensual massage is based on the theory that the body is made up of energies (the Qi). Sometimes, these energies can become blocked or less efficiently than they should. This may cause physical and mental problems. A sensual massage works to unblock and release these energies to resume efficient flow. In order to do this, sensual masseuses also stimulate the sexual parts of the body as well as the normal areas. This allows for the positive life energies to spread all through the body, literally head to toe.
How does it work and what are the benefits?
Sensual massage works by promoting full body relaxation and complete mental satisfaction. Most people overlook the fact that tension tends to build up in the sexual areas and because these parts are usually neglected in standard massages, clients often leave feeling relaxed but like something’s missing. Sensual and erotic massages work on these sexual areas, as well as the normal parts, so the blocked energies are released from these areas too.
Here are some of the main benefits:
Stress and anxiety relief
Alleviation from muscle aches, strains and pains
Improved sex drive
Reduced sexual impotence and erectile dysfunction
Orgasm and ejaculation control
Boosts circulatory, immune and digestive systems
Is sensual massage good for health?
Sensual massage is extremely beneficial for relieving mental and physical frustrations. An orgasm has many wondrous effects on the body. When the body is experiencing arousal or an orgasm, a cocktail of endorphins and hormones are released into the bloodstream. The most significant ones are prolactin, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. They are responsible for stabilising mood, creating pleasure, lifting mood, relaxing the body and encouraging the formation of relationship bonds.
Massages and orgasms are also good for the condition of the skin! Massage movements stimulate blood flow to the skin’s surface and orgasms cause a rush of blood, so combined, they leave your skin glowing and reduces the appearance of scars, stretch marks and cellulite.
So to conclude…
Aromatherapy and sensual massage both involve stimulating the senses (in particular, the sense of smell in aromatherapy and sense of touch in sensual massage). This stimulation results in a deep state of physical and mental relaxation. Sensual may be more associated with arousal than aromatherapy, but apart from this, the two are extremely similar.
If you’re after deep relaxation and intense stimulation of the senses, try aromatherapy. If you want all this but with head-to-toe satisfaction try a hotel sensual massage in London. Either way, you’re guaranteed for a completely unique sensual experience!