As someone that’s suffered with anxiety for many years, chilling out isn’t really something I’ve ever been good at. It hasn’t really mattered what I’ve done whether it be yoga or meditation, my brain just won’t shut the hell up for much longer than 20 seconds and I really struggle to completely relax or switch off.
I didn’t quite realise just how bad I was at relaxing until I made an appointment for a lymphatic drainage massage and after half an hour of a fantastic massage my therapist Joanna at TruthPie told me that she could tell that I struggled to completely unwind. I almost felt caught out but she reassured me that she thought another therapy would suit me better; aromatherapy. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really have a clue what aromatherapy entailed but agreed to give a session ago.
So we started by picking oils that would a) be good for stress and anxiety and b) that I actually liked because Joanna said that it can differ from session to session and your body will react differently to different oils depending on what it needs at the time.
The three oils which appealed to me the most were Ylang Ylang (good for relaxation), Myrtle (great for fatigue) and Eucalyptus Staigeriana (which is really useful for easing any aches and pains). Joanna then used a mixture of these for the massage itself.
She spent an hour working these essential oils into my skin in a medium-pressure massage, she worked out some knots and tension in my upper back and shoulders before moving onto my legs individually, feet, arms, hands and then my neck. It was a really relaxing experience although I found my mind still buzzing every now and again but I tried really hard to clear my head and just relax to get the most of the massage.
Joanna gave me a mix of the oils to take home to add to my bath, so I’m really excited to give that a go and see if I feel as mellowed as I do right now as I write this blog post!
If you’re thinking of trying aromatherapy then I would 100% recommend it as it’s a therapy that’s tailored to you, your mind and your body and what it needs. Don’t forget that self-care needs to be your top priority and we need to nurture our minds and bodies alike.