Making Scents of Aromatherapy

The practice of using essential oils dates back to Egyptian times (it’s been said Cleopatra was a fan). Today, aromatherapy is used to promote well-being and stimulate the senses in a wide range of spa treatments, varying from massage to facials to hydrotherapy. Fragrant essential extracts sourced from plants, flowers, and herbs are mainly applied for their therapeutic benefits; studies show aromatherapy not only improves your mood, but may reduce stress levels and treat insomnia. So whether you want to rejuvenate or simply smell delicious, we say aromatherapy just makes sense! For more about massage, visit our Comprehensive Guide.

Know Before You Go

Step into a spa and one of the first things you’ll notice is a signature scent wafting in the air—it’s there to entice your senses straight off the bat and sets the tone for a relaxed experience. Not only is aromatherapy used to set the mood in a spa, it’s celebrated for healing purposes as well. Different natural oils are used for different therapeutic benefits—for example, lavender endorses calm—so speak with your therapist about what you’d like to accomplish during your treatment. For more about massage, visit our Comprehensive Guide.