Adding warm massage oils to a massage experience can relax and calm you while rejuvenating your body and mind. Not only does it improve the nature of relaxation massage , it also helps in the healing process.
Oil should be used in massage to prevent excessive friction, not too much but just enough to let your hands flow with ease over the skin.
Virtually all vegetable oils can be used, but plain oils have very little or no therapeutic value in themselves, where as massage carriers will have their own benefits.
Baby oil and other mineral oils are specifically designed & manufactured to lie on the surface of the skin, and not be absorbed. This acts as a barrier, becomes hot and tacky which limits the therapeutic effect.
According to Massage Mag the most commonly used oils include: coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, argon oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, macadamia oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil and olive oil.
These oils are some of the more popular massage oils used for massage. Some massage oils blend a variety of oils together and some are used solely by themselves.
Each oil contains different properties that benefit the skin:Each oil contains different properties that benefit the skin:
- Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids and helps cool down the body with its rich, oily properties.
- Almond oil is rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, potassium, and zinc.
- Avocado oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids.
- Grape seed oil is a great skin moisturiser rich that absorbs easily into the skin.
- Argon oil is rich in vitamins A and E and helps to firm skin.
- Sesame oil is rich in linoleic acid and is a thicker oil that aids in warming and purifying the skin. Jojoba oil is rich in vitamins A and E and helps to control bacterial growth on the skin.
- Apricot kernel oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin A, which helps to soften the skin. This oil is perfect for sensitive skin.
- Macadamia oil is rich in omega 6 and 9 to help to regenerate the skin. It blends in easily with essential oils.
- Safflower oil is rich in linoleic acid and helps with treating acne.
- Sunflower oil is rich in omega 6 and helps with dermatitis.
- Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and is a moisturiser for the skin.
Most of these oils help to fight free radicals that contribute to premature ageing and calm irritated, inflamed skin.