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Choosing The Right Oil For Massage Therapy

Category: Massage

There are a number of different types of oils that have their own distinct benefits for all skin types. When using oil for a massage, there are two main types of oil; the essential oils and carrier oils. The essential oils tend to be too powerful to be applied undiluted. This oil is combined with the carrier oil in order to fabricate a diluted substance that will not irritate ones skin. It is important that you understand the purpose of these oils. They are mostly used to lubricate your skin and to help decrease friction during your massage. Another good purpose for oil usage involves nourishing your skin, otherwise called the “base”. Some base oils have specific benefits for conditions such as dry skin, premature aging, and even eczema.


Some essential oils include the following; Rosemary, Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint. Rosemary is mostly used to treat muscular aches and pain. If this oil is combine with a carrier oil it can help comfort migraines as well as depression and fatigue. Lavender is more of a relaxant and it is best when used for massage purpose, this oil can assist in healing and preventing scars. The Eucalyptus oil is also good in aiding some muscle tenderness and can behave as a disinfectant for your skin. Oddly enough the Eucalyptus oil can help preserve your body from the unpleasant feeling of coldness during the winter months, and also aids with freshening your body down during the summer months. The last type of essential listed above is the Peppermint oil. This type of oil may reduce inflammation and can even alleviate the surface of your skin from eczema.

The next type of oil most commonly used is the carrier oil. This oil incorporate the following; Almond, Jojoba, Apricot, Avocado, and Wheat Germ. Most of these carrier oils are produced from vegetables, nuts, and/or seeds. The Almond oil is nearly always used in aromatherapy and massage. This type of oil is good for softening the skin and can aid in nurturing uneven skin. Jojoba oil is the most fitting to all skin types and behaves as an exceptional moisturizer. If you have delicate skin, Apricot oil would be the most recommended to treat your skin type. As for those of you with more sensitive mature, partially dried up skin, or even psoriasis, you can benefit the most by using Avocado oil. Last but definitely not least is the wheat germ oil. This oil can work wonders by alleviating some scar tissue and even lessen stretch marks. This intriguing oil is also known as an anti-aging product because it encourages the development of new cells while at the same time enhancing ones circulation, thus promoting smooth and younger looking skin.

When using any of the oils described above, it is good to keep in mind that some of these oils do tend to have a short shelf life and should not be used after a certain time period. Being well informed about what kinds of oil suit your skin type is important. No matter what type of oil you choose for your body, remember that some massage parlors allow you to bring your own oil for most types of massages. So take advantage of any opportunities that allow you to better yourself and beautify your skin.