Best Oil To Use For Massage
Many massage therapists prefer to use oil over a lotion during a massage. Massage oil allows your hands to glide over skin without friction. And in some cases depending of the lotion you used it can be hard to clean off and makes a mess.
I did some research online and found you a list of oils that are great for massage and here is what I found!
Coconut oil is personally my favorite when I’m getting a massage. It’s non scented but if you would like to add a little calming aroma to the oil ask your therapist if they use essential oils. Or if you’re doing a self massage check out my blog Mixing Oils For Massage.
- Anti-microbial properties: Coconut oil has great anti-microbial properties. Medium chained triglycerides (MCTs) are considered to be great in treating various kinds of infections be it bacterial, viral or fungal. Coconut oil key constituents lauric acid and capric acid – both are known to show anti-microbial effect when broken down. So when coconut oil is applied on skin it helps skin get rid of harmful bacteria and fungus which breed on it. Thus saving body from infectious diseases
- Health skin: Coconut oil has vitamin E in it. Vitamin E is well known to nourish skin and make it smoother and softer. You will find many moisturizer creams and body creams having Vitamin E in them.
- Anti-ageing: Ageing makes skin cell lose their flexibility, softness and colour. Coconut oil is helpful in making skin look younger. Along with vitamins present in it, its anti-oxidant effect also plays an important part in this process
- Easy absorption: A good massage oil should be easily absorbed by body. Coconut oil is absorbed so easily that sometimes massage therapist use extra external moisturizer to make sure there is lubrication left while massaging. Almond oil is one common oil added for this purpose. Coconut oil is often mixed with other herbal oils and extracts to further enhance its effects.
- No stains: Coconut oil leaves no stains. Yes, this is a great news because most oils do leave stains and they are hard to go by.
- Muscle benefits: Massage with coconut oil can soothe and relax tight muscles in your body. This is great if you are tired due to physical activity.
2. Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular massage oils among massage therapists. Extracted from almonds, sweet almond oil is pale yellow.
People with nut allergies shouldn’t use almond oil.
When the oil builds up it does tend to stain the sheets. Fast Orange mechanic’s laundry detergent works great for pulling oil and stains out of sheets. You have to use a little fabric softener with your sheets once in while but it has a citrus scent that smells amazing. (you can get this at Advanced Auto Parts)
- Almond oil is full of vitamin E, and it’s a great source of magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. The antioxidant-rich oil is known for its free radical fighting abilities. It’s also anti-inflammatory and boosts immunity.
- Improve complexion and skin tone
- Powerful antifungal properties
3. Avocado Oil
We all know avocado’s are good for you but did you know they are also good for your skin?
The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents in avocado oil help your skin stay smooth, strong, and elastic.
- calm itchy skin
- replenish dry skin
- hydrate and moisturize skin
- shield skin from ultraviolet radiation
- protect against skin damage
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Information Pulled August 17, 2018
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3 thoughts on “Best Oil To Use For Massage”
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I use coconut oil in my practice but use the raw cold pressed oil which does have a strong coconut smell. I have had one client didn’t like this but many many more clients who when I switched to the deodorised version said they preferred the raw one.
On using nut oils, because those allergic to nuts are allergic to the protein in the nuts, the risk from the oil is very low. Coconut being technically a palm is different anyway. If I want a little more friction than I get with Coconut oil, I use Walnut oil, another one that does smell but is a wonderful oil for massage.
Good to know! Thank you so much for your feedback!