An aromatherapy massage involves incorporating scents from plants (essential oils) into the massage. Different scents are supposed to trigger different areas of the brain to allow healing of various conditions. Most of these conditions are psychological. Certain scents relieve anxiety, some relieve depression, others have a calming effect. So basically, they all are supposed to elevate mood (just different kinds of mood). Some people have claimed that certain essential oils will help with certain medical conditions. For example, rosemary oil
is supposed to help with rheumatoid arthritis. I believe in the elevation effect, but I'm not so sure about the rest. Since stress either causes or aggravates nearly all medical conditions, I think it's great to use essential oils.