From the the dawn of time oil in some form has been the most popular lubricant to use in a massage. Some massage therapists offer different types of oil, be it sweet almond, coconut or maybe baby oil.
We find baby oil, which is just refined mineral oil, to be very oily. Yes, we know that sounds odd but you know what we mean. We do not use baby oil but will do on request.
So what oil do we use?
As the name suggests, no oil is used in a dry massage. an oil with massage is usually best but for allergy or personal preference reason this is sometimes requested. Oil helps reduce friction and allows the masseur to apply pressure without any pain so this type of massage is usually much more gentle and some traditional massage techniques can not be not used. A massage without oil can also be done through clothing to reduce friction. This has the same effect as a Swedish massage but as mentioned you will find the contact through clothing restricts the masseuse but still really work knots and tension. Massage in this way does create a relaxation state as the touching and feel of the hands through the clothing still stimulates the senses.
Oil based massage
Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, soya and wheatgerm oil are all types of oil that can be used. We also add essential oils for, relaxation, therapeutic or for their medicinal properties*. The base oil reduces the friction between the hands and the skin. Allowing the Masseur to glide over muscles and joints without causing harm or irritation to your body. Like moisturiser this nourishes the skin and gives the massage a more sensitive feel. For body to body contact the oil allows the body contact to glide and really stimulate the senses. The use of essential oils cam also add to the experience by again stimulating the senses.
At Adonis Massage we have create our own unique blend of oils in our massages.
The current batch include:
The base – Soy Bean and Wheatgerm
Lavender – Lavender is a phenomenal herb and has been used for over 2000 years for everything from burns, bruises, stress, insomnia and muscles pain.
Lavender is a relaxant. It is also exceptionally good for the skin. It can help reduce inflammation, soothe, moisturise, has pain-relieving properties and it can kill bacteria that penetrate your pores as it is antibacterial . This makes it perfect ingredient in any massage oil.
Lemon – packed in citric acid and stuffed with vitamin C, Lemon can help lighten age spots, dark spots, or a fake tan gone wrong.
Lemon can also neutralises free radicals, is a wonderful antioxidant and can increase collagen production.
We also can use coconut oil on request.
We are happy to use Coconut oil on request, its suggested to have most of the proprieties of all the oil above to be honest we can probably wrote a whole blog on the benefits of coconut oil. (actually, we probably will)
But for now, just trust us that Coconut oil is epic. (Update- we wrote one. See our blog nuts about coconut oil )
*The Legal Bit.
This article is for information purposes only. No medical or medicinal claims are made or guaranteed. Do not take this article as medial advise. If you have a medical issue, don’t Google it or ask for a diagnosis from ya’ friends on Facebook…Go and see a doctor, an actual real live doctor with an actual real medical degree or call 111.