In my last post, Massage Oil Tips, which I guess is now Part 1, I discussed several questions that I received from my readers here, on twitter, and facebook.
In this post I’ll be giving some more answers to questions on massage oils. I have a feeling that there will be a part three of Massage Oil Tips so stay tuned!
1. Where can I get massage oils, or another variation I got was, where to get massage oil, which to me is basically the same question.
2. Should oils for massage have essential oils in them?
3. Should oils for massage be a blend of several oils or, just one oil?
I’ll start by answering question 3, because it is somewhat related to a question in my last post. The short answer is that it depends on the person giving the massage and what the massage is supposed to achieve. Blends are usually favored by therapists because the different characteristics of different oils in a good blend will give a better glide, or traction, or any of a variety of other needs that are individual preferences depending on the therapist. Single oils are used when there are allergies, sensitive skin, or the person getting the massage just likes a certain oil, and the vitamins in it.
Number 2 is somewhat along the same vein. Every essential oil has properties that create a certain mood, or experience. Essential oils have been used as mood enhancers for 100’s if not thousands of years. Lavender is a good calming agent, citrus is a good energizing agent, etc… So I’m of the opinion that if you’re already getting a massage, and usually paying for it, then the oil that is used might as well also enhance your mood in the way that you want.
Number 1, is an easy question to answer for me. There are very few oils that I trust to put on my skin. After all it is the biggest organ in our body and it absorbs things right into our bloodstream. So first I always use an organic oil, and second I like the essential oils in the massage oil, if any, to also be organic. Now some of you might say, but isn’t organic more expensive? Not always, and even if it is, this is one place you should spend the extra money. Do you really want chemicals that cause cancer to go directly into your blood stream? And yes, there are a lot of products out there with cancerous agents in them that the FDA doesn’t regulate. Surprise! The company I trust with my skin is Mixaroma, and you can find their body oils and massage oils online, and also at top hotels, spas, and stores.
Up next, Massage Oil Tips Part 3
I hope this helps! Keep those questions coming.