Aromatherapy and Massage!

by Andrea Butje on January 18, 2013

Cindy Black and I have been writing our new online class, Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists, for almost a year now. It’s finally done and published, and people are registering!

Cindy made a funny ad one night when we had been writing all day and we were delirious. (It makes me laugh every time I see it!)

Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists


Want a sneak preview from the class?

Here’s one way to think of the benefit of Aromatherapy Massage: It supports our ability to gracefully adjust our Autonomic Nervous Systems. The sympathetic response’s “on switch” (which triggers stress) more easily shifts to “off,” and the parasympathetic response (which helps you stay relaxed) comes online. Aromatherapy Massage supports the parasympathetic response. When the parasympathetic is turned on, we respond by listening to our body’s desire to rest, to be quiet, to take a walk in nature, take a bath, have a nap, go to sleep, etc.

How about a sneak preview of a blend from the class?

This is a great blend for cleaning your hands after working on your client’s feet, or after you’ve washed your hands but haven’t begun the massage yet. If you’re in public doing chair massage and can’t wash your hands, this is a great blend to use between each client. You can also offer this blend to your clients right before they leave your office. People love how refreshing it feels!

We all know that Aromatherapy and Massage are BFF’s!

  • Just under 2 oz (56 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 6.5 ml Solubol dispersant
  • 20 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 10 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
  • 10 drops Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea

Make this blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) flip-top bottle.

Please comment and let us know:
  • What aromas do you love in your massage oil?
  • If you’ve never had an aromatherapy massage, what aromas appeal to you?

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Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Yoshy August 29, 2013 at 7:02 am

Love frankincense and tangerine on my massage oil.
Citrus aromas always appeal me , but now i had my new fave scents, frankincense. Thanks to Andrea 😀


Alissa Snyder June 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Aromahead has been a program I have wanted to be a part of ever since I graduated from massage school three years ago and at least one or two of my instructors were graduates of your program. Andrea, you have such amazing knowledge and insight in the world of essential oils and their uses. I would love to learn from you to help expand my knowledge for massage practice but also techniques to use within the home with my own 3 children and potential baby/child clients as I’m also a certified Baby’s First Massage instructor. I would love not only to learn these skills but also to be able to pass my learning on to others. Thank you so much for creating and offering such a wonderful program and I hope in the near future I will be a student of yours.
Love and light,


Andrea Butje June 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Thanks so much for your incredible message. I would love to have you in the class! xo


Gwen Hochstetler June 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Before my mother passed away from bone cancer, I would use Lavender essential oil and massage it on her back after her radiation treatments. The treatments caused burns on her skin. I will never forget how much my mom loved for me to massage her body with essential oils. They brought her relief from her pain and provided a closeness for us that I will always cherish.


Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Hi Gwen,
That is such a beautiful story and I am honored you shared it with me. Thank you.


clare March 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I use Essential Oils with every client that I have for my Massage Practice. I love the oils, and they give a extra great benefit to my clients even after the massage is done. I get incredible benefits as well. In fact I know that my hands would be in worse shape if I did not use essential oils on a daily basis during massage. And they help me from not contracting any of the nasty bugs that sometimes clients come in with. the aroma of the oils seem to just calm my clients as soon as they are on the table as I diffuse the oils in my massage room as well. I love th oils from Aromatics International.


Andrea Butje March 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Hi Clare,
Thanks for your great comment. I agree that the oils give a extra great benefit to clients even after the massage is done! So glad your using excellent quality oils-so smart! 🙂


Beverly Lecuyer February 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Great comparison. Aromatherapy compliments a massage perfectly.


Denise January 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

I would bet the class will be as awesome as Cindy’s best PB and J sandwiches in the world!
Lavender is my fav.


Linda Donahue January 22, 2013 at 8:39 am

I would be so blessed to win this! Andre is an inspiration! I took an introductory class years ago @ FLSM & have always hoped to get my certification!


Andrea Butje January 22, 2013 at 9:01 am

So fun to hear from you!! I hope you win! 🙂


Alexi Blanton January 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Every since I have been interested in massage and then becoming a massage therapist, I have wanted to be an aroma therapist. I did some research and saw all the healing power and befits from the oils, and this really amazed me. It would be an honor to win this, and gained so much more understanding and knowledge about using the oils in my practice. Some that I like are Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rose Mary and many more. 🙂 Thank you for the contest. 🙂


Andrea Butje January 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Thanks for your great comment. Wether you win or not, here is a free class I wrote on for you:
This class will teach you some of the most important aspects to blending and get you started. 🙂


Alexis Blanton January 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Every since being interested in massage and becoming a massage therapist, I have been interested in becoming an aromatherapist. Knowing all the benefits and healing aspects of oils, is so amazing to me… I’d love to win this, because all the classes I have looked into are so expensive. It would mean the world to me to be able to learn and practice with aromatherapy oils in my sessions. The few oils that I do use and know some about at Lavender, Rose Mary, Eucalyptus, and Ylang Ylang. Thank you for the contest! 🙂


Angela January 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Aromatherapy Rocks! As a massage therapist of 5years, I have always wanted to become a certified aromatherapist. Winning this would be better than winning the lottery! Good luck everyone!


kay biemans January 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Ylang ylang! 🙂


Kim McLaurine January 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I would love to win this class! I recently made my own infused massage oil. I geared it toward Winter healing. It is for dry skin, eczema and psoriasis as well as a great oil for mature skin. I have been getting rave reviews so far! I used Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender and Rose. I tend to use a lot of Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Ylang ylang and Blue Spruce. Leaning more on earthy tones for grounding, calming and centering benefits.


Andrea Butje January 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Hi Kim,
Your winter healing blend sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for your great comment.


Margaret January 20, 2013 at 9:55 am

I love frankincense and a bit of silver fir in my massage oil blends! So excited at a chance to win a space in your massage and aromatherapy class!


Robin Withers January 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

What a wonderful website! Love all the information provided and will try much of this. Thank you, ladies! Blessed be!


Colleen January 20, 2013 at 8:27 am

This sounds like a wonderful blend and will be so easy to carry. I do hand massaging at Whole Foods to demo my products that they carry. This will certainly cleanse my hands quickly and protect me too ! Thanks for sharing this.


Andrea Butje January 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

Thanks Colleen,
That is the perfect use of this blend!!


ellie corda January 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

wow I will be one lucky girl if I win this class! Great contest.


Liz Fulcher January 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I’m entering my 16th year of massage therapy and my favorite part of the modality is using essential oils with it. I have never charged extra for including essential oils because I never wanted anyone to refuse!


Liz January 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Aromatherapy and Massage compared to Peanut Butter and Jelly. Love it!


Kelle January 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

That ad is so CINDY! I love it! 🙂
What aromas do you love in your massage oil?
Sweet marjoram, Sandalwood
Vetiver, Spikenard, Rose


Samantha Mitchell January 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

What aromas do you love in your massage oil?

Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Orange Oil

If you have not had an aromatherapy massage, what aromas appeal to you?

I love most all


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