Fast and slow changes: Comparison of psychological and physiological outcomes between 5, 10, and 20 minutes of aroma massage

[Speaker] Uraguchi, Maki:1
[Co-author] Ohira, Hideki:1
1:Nagoya University (Japan)

Aroma massage is a practical method of aromatherapy - a natural therapy to improve wellness. Essential oils extracted from plants and hand touching are considered the basic elements that induce therapeutic changes. In practice, numerous conditions might influence the effects. The duration of aroma massage could alter the results, though little attention is payed to this point. In many studies, both duration and repetition criteria of aroma massage vary so widely that it is difficult to explain how they interact and affect the outcomes. This study aimed to explore the duration required for agreeable stimuli to significantly change the state of autonomic nerve activity, mood, working memory, and self-esteem. Outcomes for 5, 10, and 20 minutes of single aroma massage sessions with 48 volunteers were evaluated. Results suggested that some effects were immediate, while others occurred gradually. Thus, the duration of aroma massage should be based on the targeted outcomes.
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