With a number of different types of massage available from a physiotherapist to a beauty consultant, and from deep tissue massage to aromatherapy massage, choosing the right one for you is important and sometimes a bit baffling.

This is a list of FOUR of the most used massage treatment for pain and relaxation.

  • Ayurvedic Massage they say is for when you are running on empty. There are different types of ayurvedic massage but if you’re feeling tired and out of sync then this is the one for you. Your body is massaged with warm herbal oils which they choose according to your Ayurvedic body type (107 Marma energy points). They then press these points but only gently and they are massaged in an anticlockwise or clockwise direction in order to detoxify and nourish your body. They say it is generally a relaxing experience and you can expect to come away feeling energised. To look for practitioners in your area head to the Ayurvedic Professional Association website.
  • A Deep Tissue Massage they say is for when you are carrying serious tension and pain. A deep tissue massage helps to release chronic tension and pain. The therapist will give you a full-body massage ( or less if you prefer that) and they will go deep down to release muscle fibres and pain. They use aromatherapy oils like Lavender for pain and Rosemary for stiff joints. The touch is quite firm (you know you’re having the massage) and the strokes are slow, with deep finger pressure to help loosen the muscles and get your circulation moving around. This type of massage is excellent for low back pain, migraines, anxiety and jet lag. Head down to the Neals Yard Remedies website to find a local practitioner.
  • An Aromatherapy Massage they say is for the anxious and stressed. They use oils like a deep tissue massage but a good therapist can make you feel a million dollars. It is a wonderful massage to unwind and let go of your tension which can then also help with the pain. Their consultation will have questions on your lifestyle as they say this helps them to choose the right essential oils. Oils such as Frankincense, Patchouli and Vetiver encourage rest and relaxation. The strokes from an aromatherapy massage are from light to deep depending or where you carry your stress and you should leave feeling a sense of deep relaxation. I couldn’t agree more, this is my favourite of all massages. To find your local therapist head to the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapist.
  • A Lymphatic Drainage Massage they say is for when you have joint pain and inflammation. It is used to detox the lymph nodes to allow the body to flush it all out. It can help with joint swelling, arthritis, migraine, fluid retention, digestive issues, fatigue, immunity and much more. This massage starts with the lymph nodes in the neck and the junctions of the large lymph channels found on both sides of the body. The massage is a gentle rhythmic pumping technique which stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defence of the body and removes waste products. It is deeply relaxing and can leave you feeling tired at first but then you will feel much better. It has been known to help with improved immunity problems, better sleep, headaches and anxiety. To find your local therapist head to the Manual Lymphatic Drainage UK website.




My love of essential oils goes back about 20+ years. The hospital where I had my first spinal surgeries had a lady that came into the hospital on a weekly basis and gave patients aromatherapy massage if they wished to have it.

She was a quiet small lady whose aura gave a feeling of calm before she even gave you the aromatherapy massage. She would mix the oils at the time you arrived by first finding out what sort of pain you were in. If I go somewhere that sells or uses these oils it takes me straight back to my regular session with my aromatherapist.

Unfortunately, like all of us, she eventually retired and although I still have the odd aromatherapy massage I have yet to have a treatment that reacted in quite the same way.

Sometimes I will use an aromatherapy diffuser scent ring, to fill the room with my favourite oils. Lavender (which also reminds me of my Grandma as she always wore it) mixed with rosemary oil is top of my list.

When I first went to my NHS Pain Clinic some years ago they offered amongst other alternative therapies massage treatment. I was keen to get booked into this in the hope it would be as good as my aromatherapist treatment. The massage was good but without the oils it just didn’t have the same effect on me. I would previously come home feeling completely relaxed and would sleep so well on the day of my treatment.

I buy my oils from Nature’s Best as they have such good quality oils and still use their breathe easy blend if anyone in the house is suffering from cold or flu-like symptoms. Their breathe easy blend is made up of eucalyptus, camphor and peppermint which is a natural aid to breathe clearly. Amazon also has a number of companies selling oils on their site.

Did you know that you can even use oils for general household freshening? You can add a few drops of oil to your waste bin, to help mask nasty odours. You can add a few drops onto the inside of your toilet roll core then every time it is turned the aroma is released. You can also add a few drops to a cotton wool ball and place in your vacuum bag, and of course lavender acts as a natural repellent against insects. Our wardrobe is always full of little lace bags filled with fresh lavender to keep the moths away.

Just reading what Lavender Oils contains is enough to promote me to buy some –

  • Steam distilled from Lavandula angustifola flowers
  • Relaxing and calming properties
  • Ideal for skin care and restful sleep preparations
  • Topical treatment for insect bites

Lavender essential oil has a slightly deep note and an herbaceous tone, yet rich, mellow and fruity.

We harvest 30 to 50 kg per hectare of these prized flowers at the optimum time in their life-cycle, and in the most suitable climate to maximise potency. It takes 150 pounds of flowers to produce just one pound of oil. Once collected the flowers are steam distilled to extract the Lavandula angustifola oil.

Since ancient times, Lavender (Lavandula angustifola) has been one of the most popular and widely used scents, with its name derived from the Latin lavare, to wash. The essential oils from this plant are known to have a soothing and calming effect, and is often used to relieve many ailments. Applied topically to insect bites can relieve irritation.

Did you know?
You can eat the lavender flower buds! They can be added to biscuits, cakes and sprinkled into salads.






aromatherapy oils

I have written an article in my book ‘Complementary & Alternative Therapies for Pain’ on how an aromatherapy massage with certain oils can help with pain and relaxation. Below is a list of some of the most well known oils for that type of treatment.

Bergamont – this is an oil obtained from a plan that is a native species of some Asian and Eastern Countries.
The oil was first used and traded in Italy and derives its name from the northern city of Bergamont. When combined with eucelyptus, its soothing effect can help insomnia, anxiety and depression.

Chamamile – this is also effective in reducing stress, anxiety, migraine and insomnia.

Cypress – it is know for bringing relief from tired aching legs and feet when used in the bath.

Eucalyptus – this is a native species of Australia and Tasmania but is now grown throughout the world. The diluted oil is used for muscular and rheumatic aches and pains, headaches, neuralgia and fevers. Caution – taken internally can be fatal.

Lavender – this highly perfumed nature species from the Mediterranean but is now very popular in Britain growing in our gardens. It has a relaxing property and is generally one of the most versatile and widely used oils for healing. Excellent for muscular aches and pains.


Parsley – this is used in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism and sciatica. It should however be used in moderation and only given by a fully qualified therapist.

Pine – this stimulating effect makes it a good choice for muscular pains and strains.


Sage – this is a native plant of the Northern coastal regions of the Mediterranean and has a long history of medicinal and culinary use dating back to the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. It is also used to improve circulation, rheumatism, arthritis pain and joint strains.