The Nose Knows

Woman getting massage in bamboo spa.

When you think about your senses, your sense of smell may not be the first one that comes to mind. Sight, taste, touch and sound all probably jump out at you well before your sense of smell. The reality is that our sense of smell is much more powerful than we often realize, and one of the best ways to see it in action is through the use of body treatments that involve aromatherapy techniques.

The science behind aromatherapy revolves around the volatile oils found in certain plants. These are also referred to as essential oils and they’re distilled from plants and plant materials. Aromatherapy itself is a complex practice, but fortunately Aveda® has adopted it as one of their fundamental building blocks for all of their products. That takes away a lot of the guesswork for anyone wishing to tap into this practice.

When used in combination with bodywork practices such as massage and reflexology, aromatherapy can have a profound effect on your overall health, and your stress level in particular. Reducing anxiety and lessening feelings of depression are two of the most commonly addressed issues, but there are other benefits as well. Speeding up the healing process, relieving headache pain and muscle aches, and even boosting memory have all been attributed to the use of aromatherapy strategies. Secondary benefits such as promoting better sleep patterns and strengthening the immune system can also be traced back to the use of aromatherapy techniques in combination with massage. It’s a powerful combination that’s as plain as the nose on your face.

Take your self-care routine to a new level with the body services here at Five Senses Spa & Salon. Our team of massage therapists will help you find tap into the ancient art of aromatherapy to amplify your body care routines. With our expertise and Aveda’s phenomenal products, you can’t go wrong. Give us a call at (309) 693-7719 to book an appointment today. You can also visit us at 5035 W American Prairie Drive in Peoria. Or better yet, book the perfect appointment for your schedule with our mobile app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon.