The aromatouch technique is a very gentle and soft massage technique using essential oils, focusing on the feet, hands, head and spine. I now add a little aromatouch technique massage to all my reiki sessions.
Touch is the first sense that we develop when we are born.
The right kind of touch can lower blood pressure, cortisol levels, and heart rate.
The AromaTouch Hand Technique uses light, consistent touch that creates a beneficial response in the recipient.
The Aromatouch Technique is a combination of two of the most powerful senses, used in conjunction to establish one simple way to give those you care for an individual essential oil experience. Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it isn’t profound. Whether it’s offering a hand technique to a new acquaintance or a full AromaTouch Technique to a family member, the olfactory and sensory stimulation induced by volatile aromatic compounds and human touch is a scientifically validated means to developing a strong connection with someone and positively influencing their well-being.
• Touch is the first sense that we develop when we are born.
• The right kind of touch can lower blood pressure, cortisol levels, and heart rate.
• The AromaTouch Technique uses light, consistent touch that creates a beneficial response in the recipient
The AromaTouch Hand Technique is a simple and effective way to promote well-being and build powerful connections through the experience of essential oils. Plus, it can be given almost anywhere: a plane, the workplace, a park bench, the café, before bedtime, you name it! The movements in this technique are simple, yet they deliver a powerful wellness experience.
Along with the emotional component, gentle touch can also influence physiological responses in ways other communication simply cannot. Unlike massage, which involves powerful hand movements that are focused on specific outcomes (breakdown of muscular adhesions, stimulating the central nervous system, aiding recovery, etc.), the gentleness of an AromaTouch Technique has a much different spectrum of benefits. Tender touch almost instantaneously activates the release of oxytocin (often referred to as the “love” or “hug” hormone), decreases heart rate and blood pressure, and has a beneficial influence on multiple other stress-sensitive systems. Furthermore, the person initiating the contact generally experiences the same response as the person on the receiving end. Unlike a massage, the benefits of giving an AromaTouch Technique to someone can be just as powerful as receiving one.
Although a fair amount of research shows the benefits of touch and other research supports the benefits of essential oils applied topically, little research exists on the combination of the two. In addition, no prior research had investigated the benefits of the doTERRA AromaTouch Technique specifically. The AromaTouch Technique was designed to promote homeostasis and relaxation, reduce stress and support overall well-being. In this study, the researchers put the AromaTouch Technique to the test.
To get an idea of both the short-term and long-term benefits of the technique, the researchers evaluated the effects on the body immediately after volunteers received just one technique, and they also measured the lasting effects on the body when the technique was administered regularly for an extended period of time. In addition, two groups were used in the experiment. The treatment group received the AromaTouch Technique exactly as described in the protocol developed by Dr. David Hill. A control group was comprised of individuals who received the AromaTouch Technique with every condition the same, except that Fractionated Coconut Oil was used in place of the eight essential oils normally used in the technique. See Figure 1 below for a schematic diagram of the experimental design.
The researchers measured heart rate, blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, and took saliva samples, which were analyzed for cortisol (a stress hormone) and other biomarkers of health. Volunteers also filled out a subjective questionnaire that indicated their current state of mind.
Both groups experienced decreases in heart rate, mean arterial pressure, diastolic blood pressure, stress scores, and salivary levels of cortisol immediately after the first AromaTouch Technique. But overall, the changes were more pronounced in the group that received the AromaTouch Technique with the essential oils. Although the study comprised a small sample size, the differences over the long-term did achieve statistical significance.
These results suggest that the AromaTouch Technique is an excellent way to immediately reduce feelings of stress and promote relaxation. When administered regularly, it is also effective at promoting sustained results in the body over the long term. This research study provides strong evidence supporting the benefits of the AromaTouch Technique. If you’d like to see the study results in greater detail, you can access the full-text study for free on the publisher’s website, since the Journal of Integrative Medicine and Therapy is open-access.