Aromatherapy massage is Swedish massage therapy using massage oil or lotion that contains essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils). During an aromatherapy massage, you inhale these essential oil molecules or absorb them through your skin. They are thought to promote beneficial changes in your mind and body by affecting the limbic system, a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system.
Aromatherapy with essential oil-scented massage oils and lotions may help to ease stress and anxiety. If you're considering trying aromatherapy massage, it's a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider first to discuss whether it's appropriate for you.