What is aromatherapy massage?

Aromatherapy is the use of plant essential oils to help with physical and emotional wellbeing. Each oil contains different plant chemicals that are absorbed through massage and inhalation. Examples of essential oils used in aromatherapy are lavender, bergamot and geranium which are diluted in a carrier oil for massage such as sunflower seed, peach or calendula. We only use gentle massage techniques that allow the body to relax more deeply.

  

What can aromatherapy massage help with?

Service evaluation by Breast Cancer Haven visitors found aromatherapy massage to be very helpful. Research studies suggest that in people affected by cancer aromatherapy massage may help to relieve fatigue, pain, nausea and constipation, also reduce anxiety, depression and improve sleep. We have found that aromatherapy massage can help to relieve muscular tension after breast surgery and radiotherapy and also reduce tight surgical scars. Many of our Visitors say that they feel more relaxed, calmer and sleep better after a treatment.

 

Treatment Information

A course of three treatments is recommended. The treatment will usually last up to 50 minutes.

Please wait at least six weeks after breast surgery before having a massage. During radiotherapy we only use a carrier oils (no essential oils) to reduce the risk of increased skin sensitivity to the affected area. We recommend that you do not wear make-up and keep jewellery to a minimum.  During the treatment you keep your underwear on and are covered with towels to stay warm and comfortable. You can either lie down or sit on a treatment couch. If you have any medically prescribed skin patches, please let your aromatherapist know.

Massage is never performed directly over the site of a tumour. Gentle massage is considered safe for people affected by breast cancer.

 

Available at: London, Hereford, Yorkshire, Wessex, Worcester Breast Cancer Haven centres