Best Types of Oils for Massage
Massage therapy has ceased to be a luxury and has become a necessity in this hectic world. Daily physical and mental stress drains a person of all enthusiasm and leaves one feeling tired, sore and depressed. Massage helps to rejuvenate both, one’s mind and body and is therapeutic if done in a proper way by a trained masseuse or masseur.
Essential oils create magic along with the skilled handwork of the therapist, as they have healing power and advantages of toning skin and muscles. Thus, massage therapist use various oils for their massage sessions, keeping in mind the need of the client and their medical conditions.
OILS USED FOR MASSAGE
Sweet Almond Oil: – .Pale yellow in color, sweet almond oil is an extract from almonds and is fairly oily in nature. This enables easy gliding of hands over the body during massage and the skin reasonably absorbs the oil. There is no need to reapply the oil as it penetrates well in the skin in single-use.
Jojoba Oil: – It is in fact a wax extracted from jojoba plant and has a long shelf life. Since it is non-greasy and with good absorption rate, it is widely used oil in massage therapy. Being odorless and safe for skin, as it does not cause irritation, this oil finds its use for its anti-bacterial properties to treat clients with back acne problem.
Coconut Oil: – At a cooler temperature, coconut oil tends to become a white solid mass and when made warm, it changes to clear, aromatic oil that is easy to glide. Nonetheless, therapists use fractionated coconut oil that is non-greasy due to removal of most of the coconut oil content from it. This makes the oil sticky and suitable for short stroke massages only.
Sunflower Oil: – This oil will not make the skin feel oily, since it is non-greasy and light. The sunflower seeds are rich source of essential fatty acid like linoleic acid, stearic acid and palmitic acid all of which contribute to a healthy skin. Growing age and use of harsh soaps and cosmetics drains the natural linoleic oil content in the skin and sunflower oil massage helps to restore the balance to greater extent.
Apricot Kernel Oil: – A rich source of Vitamin E, this oil is slightly expensive than almond oil and is useful for treating people with nut allergies who cannot tolerate almond oil. It has an extended shelf life. This oil has good absorption quality and does not give a greasy feel. Thus, the oil is a popular choice for aromatherapy massage.
Being a rich source of Vitamin E, this oil is good for pregnancy massage as it helps to keep the skin smooth and supple and diminishes the chances of stretch marks.
OTHER OILS FOR MASSAGE THERAPY
Besides the above-mentioned oils, some more variants are also available for massage.
Grapeseed oil: – It is smooth, easy to glide silky texture and non-greasy. However, the oil stains the sheets.
Kukui nut oil: – It is non-greasy, thin and light oil, suitable for any skin type including oily skin, treats sunburnt skins, and is a good option for sports massage.
Avocado oil:- An extract from the avocado fruit, this oil is heavy and needs mixing with a lighter oil for massage.
Cocoa butter & Shea butter: – Both the oils are solid form at room temperature and thus leave an oily feeling. They are in combination with lighter oils and applied on smaller areas.
Wheat germ oil: – This is an excellent source of Vitamin E. Being too heavy to use singularly, needs mixing with lighter oils for massage.
Olive oil: – Contrary to the belief that it is only a cooking medium, this oil is in use for massage, albeit with addition of some light oil.
Sesame oil: – Ayurveda has claimed this oil as nourishing, detoxifying and treating various ailments. Blend it with lighter oil and use it as self-massage tool for daily massage to improve blood circulation, eliminate skin dryness, bloating and anxiety.