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Can’t Sleep? Research Shows Aromatherapy Can Change That

27 Apr 2015

04apr06c3a15Most of us don’t get enough sleep, to the point that ‘sleep deprived’ is a recognized medical diagnosis.  The causes are many – busy schedules, too much technology and stimulation before bed, chronic pain that keeps you awake, and more.  Prescriptions and over-the-counter meds claim to help, but they’ve got lots of undesirable side effects as well as the potential for addiction.  So instead of taking a pill, why not take a deep breath and inhale something pleasant?

Aromatherapy holds promise for enhancing sleep, according to new research.  Information regarding an analytical study of 13 separate trials indicates that inhalation aromatherapy can produce better sleep in both healthy and sick individuals.  In fact, it appears to be most effective for those suffering from a disease that interferes with sleep. One study even showed it could help address sleep disorders.  (To read the study, click here.)

The use of fragrant plants for enhancing sleep is an ancient practice.  Even here in the U.S. it was once common to tuck things like lavender or hops into pillowcases.  While lavender usually tops the list anywhere you check into use of essential oils for producing better sleep, there are a number of other aromatic oils that can also produce the desired effect.  These include bergamot, chamomile, ylang ylang, and others.  Oils can be used singularly or in combination.  (Check out this helpful article from The Prairie Homestead on the top oils for sleep issues.)

Massage therapists already know that regular massage can contribute to better, longer sleep, but adding aromatherapy can increase its effectiveness.  It appears that aromatherapy is even more sleep-inducing than massage, so imagine what combining those lovely smells with a relaxing massage could do!

If you are a bodywork therapist who’d like to learn more about adding aromatherapy to your skills, why not register for our upcoming June continuing education class, Aromatherapy Basics.  And why not bring along a friend who may be interested?  This two-session workshop is open to all, not just massage and shiatsu therapy professionals.  Registration is due May 27, 2015 – for details, click here

Aromatherapy is just one of the natural health care approaches we cover at our Minneapolis massage school.  In addition to continuing education courses like this one, we also handle an introduction to aromatherapy and use of essential oils in our Spa & Resort Techniques class, an elective available to students in any of our three diploma programs. 

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