Thursday, August 13, 2009

Aromatherapy Neck Wraps - How to Massage Your Neck with Aromatherapy

For most of us, our job requires us to sit at the computer for a large majority of the day, which causes neck and shoulder strain for many people. To help relieve tension, try using aromatherapy neck wraps.

These items are made to sit around your neck and across the back of your shoulders and filled with variations of rice, buckwheat and flax seed, along with pure essential oils, neck wraps sooth tired muscles through a combination of heat and aromatherapy.

Simply place one of these wraps in the microwave, and heat according to the instructions (usually between 30 seconds and 1 minute and 30 seconds). For moist heat, simply spray it lightly with water before heating in the microwave.

Aromatherapy neck wraps can often be bought from health food or holistic stores that stock other products. There are also many online retailers that stock neck wraps, and you can typically save some money buying directly from them. However, unless you decide to make one yourself, you will be limited in choice when it comes to the essential oils used in the creation process.

If you would prefer to create you own tailored scent, consider making a wrap for yourself. Use flannel or 100% muslin and cut two identical pieces to the length you desire, but double the desired width. Lay both pieces of material on top of one another, and then fold in half, length ways.

Sew the edges together, leaving one end partly open for the filling. Wheat, grains (except corn kernels) and rice can all be used to fill the sleeve. Place your choice of filling into a bowl, and add either fresh lavender, or your favorite essential oils (lavender, chamomile, lemongrass and rosemary are great for both relaxation and relieving stress). Try getting a book about aromatherapy to learn about the different effects of the essential oils available on the market.

Sew the opening together, and you've just created your own personal wrap. You may want to consider making a cover, as its not possible to wash the fabric containing the filling.

When not using it, simply place the wrap in the freezer. This helps the scent to remain longer, and as an added benefit, can double as an ice pack.

Of course, you are not limited to making, or buying, neck wraps. Larger, pillow style versions are also available, which are great for the back, stomach and leg areas. Even if you don't notice the tension in your neck and shoulders, take the time to heat an aromatherapy neck wrap, and you're bound to notice a difference. It takes very little effort, but you'll notice a big impact.

Kathy Davidson is a homemaker with over ten years experience working with aromatherapy. Visit her website for a free aromatherapy course and information about reputable supply companies.

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