There are a huge variety of massage oils that have different properties and qualities. These oils are the most important part of the massage therapy and contain all the good values required for healing any pain. Of course the massage techniques are equally important and if you do not have a good masseur none of the body massage oils will be as effective. But then again there are some oils that you could also use on a daily basis all by yourself to maintain a good skin and healthy body.
Choosing the right massage oil
Before choosing a massage oil the few factors that you should remember are;
- Know the exact purpose for choosing the oil. If you are looking for oil that will help you to treat cold and cough then you should choose eucalyptus oil, where as if you are looking for something that will give you a glowing skin then you should use almond oil. So the reason for the massage will determine the choice of the massage oil.
- Make sure that the oil is not too thick. The essential oil that you choose should be well diluted with carrier oil so that you have the right concentration for a massage.
- Check for any allergy or skin irritation that you might have before applying any oil on your body. If you are trying something new and are not aware of how it will react with your body then apply it on a small area and see if you have any reactions. If it is safe you could use it for a full body massage.
There are broadly two types of oils, essential oils and carrier oils.
Essential oils are concentrated and highly aromatic oils. They are plant extracts and natural oils that are used for various purposes massage being one of them. Here are a few popular essential oils.
This is one of the most effective essential oils. It has a great healing property that effectively cures any respiratory diseases and cuts and wounds. This oil will also help you to stay warm on the winters and cool during the summer.
It has a great fragrance that lifts the mood and helps to fight anxiety or depression. This oil will also help to lighten scars and sooth the skin.
Apart from these oils rosemary, peppermint, sandalwood etc are also very popular essential oils.
Carrier oils are used along with essential oils to dilute the concentration and the heavy fragrance of the essential oils. Here are a few carrier oils.
Almond oil is one of the most popular carrier oils. This oil is very good for skin it helps to retain moisture and provides a healthy glow.
Jojoba oil is a great carrier oil because it has healing properties of its own. People suffering from a back pain could use this oil and it is also good for people with sensitive skin.
Apart from these there are other body massage oils that are used as carrier oils, like coconut oil, avocado oil, apricot oil, sesame oil etc.