Want to look better in jeans? A study on the effects of aromatherapy oils and massage on abdominal fat showed significant improvement in the reduction of abdominal fat and waist circumference.

A study on the effects of aromatherapy massage on abdominal fat and body image in post-menopausal women showed a significant change suggesting that aromatherapy massage could be utilised as an effective intervention to reduce abdominal subcutaneous fat, waist circumference, and to improve body image in post-menopausal women.

All subjects received a one hour whole body massage as treatment by the same researcher every week for 6 weeks. Participants also massaged their own abdomen two times every day for 5 days each week for 6 weeks.The two groups used different kinds of oil; The experimental group used 3% grapefruit oil, cypress and three other kinds of oil. The control group used grapeseed oil only.

RESULT: Abdominal subcutaneous fat and waist circumference in the experimental group significantly decreased after aromatherapy oil massage compared to the control group. Body image in the experimental group was significantly better after aromatherapy oil massage than in the control group.

CONCLUSION: These results suggest that aromatherapy massage could be utilised as an effective intervention to reduce abdominal subcutaneous fat, waist circumference, and to improve body image in post-menopausal women.

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Reference: TaehanKanhoHakhoe Chi. 2007 Jun;37(4):603-12. PMID: 17615482HeeJa Kim