Stop and Smell the Roses: The Aromatherapy of Erotic Massage

What could possibly be better than a smooth, sensual rub down? One that smells absolutely divine of course! You may not consider scent to be all that important to your erotic massage technique, but when it comes to your caresses, you’ll be amazed at the difference that an aphrodisiac can make.

Aromatherapy? Not for Me…

When I say the word “aromatherapy” you may already have visions of New Age music and your wife’s special spa treatment, but there are a dozen great reasons to bring some basic aroma science into your sex life. Don’t be fooled – aromatherapy is serious business!

The primary ingredient in any aromatherapy treatment or concoction is the essential oil – a volatile oil from plant matter, the part of the plant that gives it scent and taste. You can purchase essential oils from a number of different sources in order to make your own massage blends. You can buy already blended oils ready to use, or you can even endeavor to make your own!

Just remember… being natural doesn’t automatically make something safe. Some essential oils are contraindicated for pregnant or menopausal women. Others can make the skin more photosensitive or cause irritation. If you do decide to blend your own mixes, be sure to follow careful directions regarding the preparation of massage mixes. All essential oils need to be blended into what is called a carrier oil, the kind of oils typically used for cooking and body preparations – almond, grape seed, coconut, even plain grocery store olive oil will work, though something with a more neutral or tropical smell is generally recommended.

What Works?

Dozens of different oils have been associated with aphrodisiac properties, but we each have our own particular predilections. What your woman enjoys will all depend on her olfactory senses, so experiment a bit and see what she likes. Take a sniff of the perfumes and air fresheners she uses. Does she like floral, spicy, musky, or fresh? Does she tend toward sweet citrus hints or savory herbals? Why not take a shopping trip to a local essential oil supplier with your lover and see what kind of scents you can pick out together? Here’s a list of common aphrodisiac oils to get you started on your search.

Amber has a sweet, sensual scent that begs to linger in the hollow of the throat and spread across the pulse points, reminiscent of her favorite perfume. It has an overpowering scent that can be difficult to blend, so use it sparingly.

Basil is sweet and spicy, encouraging sexual stimulation as well as being mentally and emotionally invigorating for those days when she is so worn out that she’s worried a massage is all she’ll be up for – don’t worry, if anything will wake her up, it’s basil!

Bergamot is a general mood-lifter with a soft, citrusy floral scent that plays very well with others.

Cinnamon, with its spicy apple-pie scent, is a favorite of men and women alike, encouraging a relaxing down-home feeling all the while spicing up any situation.

Clove compliments cinnamon blends very well, with another spicy note.

Cardamom, another favorite “C” spice, has a sweet and enticing aroma which encourages sexual attraction with a warm, inviting glow.

Coriander should be used sparingly, but it’s sweet and spicy scent is often considered an aphrodisiac, mixing well with other oils like jasmine and sandalwood.

Ginger is another spicy scent which can be used in warming oils, again with caution. It is known to increase passions and inflame desires, and goes well with the “C” spices.

Grapefruit is incredibly uplifting and mixes well with other citruses, along with neroli, bergamot and the “C” spices above. It is another mood-lifter to help brighten a bad day.

Jasmine is an intoxicating floral scent that hardly any woman can resist, adding warmth and sensual notes to any mix. It should be avoided during pregnancy, but mixes well with other musky oils like amber, neroli and sandalwood.

Lavender is a classic massage scent because of its ability to encourage relaxation. It is also antibacterial, so works great for foot massages after a long, hard day in heels!

Neroli is an exotic aphrodisiac with a deep, seductive scent known for facilitating sexual excitement and clear communication between lovers.

Rose essential oil is as good as a real dozen of the precious flowers, sweet and sensual, uplifting and joyful, speaking right to her heart. It is perfect for special occasions and mixes well with other exotic or floral scents.

Patchouli is exotic and musky with a very earthy aroma, both provocative and sensual for decreased inhibitions and increased desires. It tends to blend very well with a body’s natural scent.

Sandalwood is another musky scent with deep notes that speak to its use in ritual and meditative practices the world ’round. It is excellent for slow, sensual lovemaking.

Vanilla is another classic scent which, like cinnamon, tends to remind us of home. It mixes very well with spices, as well as any of the floral scents.

Ylang ylang is the quintessential aromatherapy aphrodisiac, erotic and exotic, known to enhance libido and to your Wellbeing

How Massage Helps More Than Just Muscles

Think of massage and your mind will probably conjure up images of smouldering candles, soft ivory fluffy towels and all things that ooze rest and relaxation. But while massage is a popular way for many people to unwind, it also has some incredible health benefits.

Here are just a few that may surprise you:

1: It can help with lower back pain

Massage can be an effective way to treat both acute and chronic lower back pain and is often combined with other holistic exercises. Many people who book a massage do so to help alleviate pain, stiffness and soreness as a result of a chronic health condition or injury.

2: It can lower high blood pressure

Massage is widely believed to be an effective way to help control blood pressure and pre-hypertension. Getting regular massage treatment can encourage relaxation, which can help to maintain healthy blood pressure pressure levels.

3: It can help with depression and anxiety

Massage therapy is an effective way to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, as well as the fatigue that is often associated with such conditions. It is widely believed that depression can lead to heightened muscle pain and tension. Massage can result in improvements in patients displaying chronic pain and muscle tension. It can also help to reverse the depression cycle and improve energy levels.

4: It can help to regulate diabetes

Massage therapy has been used to help manage diabetes for over 100 years. It can be helpful in promoting relaxation, reducing the risk of neuropathy and helping to restore the correct use of insulin. Massage is now a popular alternative medicine for many conditions.

5: It can help to prevent injuries

Specific types of massages, such as sports massages, can play a role in supporting athletic performance and aid injury recovery while helping to prevent future injuries such as ligament traumas.

So how exactly does massage work?

Massage combines the benefits of soft tissue manipulation and the release of chemicals due to the relaxation response. Improved circulation enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the body’s muscular cells. As cellular health improves, tissues can function more efficiently.

Applying pressure to the skin helps to relax muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The release of superficial layers of muscles may also affect deeper layers which can lead to both sets of muscles becoming more balanced.

When muscles, bones, or nerves are distressed, organs can sometimes become affected. Massage can benefit organs as they share neurological pathways with these muscles, bones and nerves.

Fancy a relaxing massage to unwind after a hard day’s work? You could end up giving your health a boost at the same time!

Receiving Massage Therapy As a Couple

Massage sessions have always known to be relaxing when there is an external pressure applied to the body and accordingly relieving the muscles of stress and pain. There are varied kinds of massage where the use of medicated oils and similar lubricants are used to relax the body in a better way. There are specialised massage centres that have professional masseurs who ensure that the best massage therapy is given out to their clients. Massages vary in types that involve deep tissue, aromatherapy, Swedish, etc. and each of it is known to be equally relaxing depending on the need of the body.

Whenever people intend to opt for a massage therapy, they often visit the massage centre alone. Couples massage is one such therapy that is soon catching up the trends and thus, more and more couples are engaging themselves in such sessions. It involves the couple staying in the same room with two different masseurs attending to the couple at the same time. After a single session, they have noticed a change in their relationship and have known to be happier than before. While you and your spouse plan to opt for a couple’s massage session, here are the benefits that you would receive from it right after the first session.

• You get to spend quality time – While both of you may be professionals and engage yourselves in the daily tasks and commitments in your professional lives, you often do not get to spend quality time with each other. While you opt for one such session where both of you would get to spend time being beside each other, the time spent would be of great worth. You get to release each other’s pain in the best way possible being in each other’s company.

• A comfortable environment – Masseurs often state that when someone opts for a massage session alone for the first time, they tend to be nervous and often feel uncomfortable. While you have your partner alongside, you would have a sense of comfort and thus, feel relaxed while receiving the massage.

• A healthy and happy relationship – While you get to spend time with each other and feel you body aches and stress subsiding, you automatically tend to feel closer to your spouse. The ambience is created to ensure that you feel each other’s presence and feel cosy in each other’s company. While you go home after the enriching experience, you would tend to feel the bond that you share and not worry about chores and other issues in life.