What kind of massage oils do professionals use?

Massage Oils That Instantly Make You More Relaxed

It can happen to even the savviest shopper: the massage oil you bought for yourself or your partner caused skin irritation, or maybe your skin felt uncomfortably greasy and the oil stains won’t wash out of fabrics.

Don’t just toss the massage oil and hope for better luck next time.

Here are 6 massage oils professional massage therapists use for their sessions that make it feel so… relaxing and enjoyable.

What kind of massage oils do professionals use

Six Types of Relaxing and Skin-Friendly Massage Oils

1. Coconut Oil.

Most people think of coconut oil as a white solid oil that’s mostly used for cooking or hair treatment. However, coconut oil easily warms up and liquefies when you rub it between your palms.

It’s a light and non-greasy oil that retains a subtle aroma of coconut and is often used by therapists for deep tissue massage and relaxing massages.

2. Almond Oil.

Almond oil is rich in skin-nourishing vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E, and other micronutrients. It has a long shelf life compared to other massage oils and is a great choice for hair and facial care procedures.

Our Almond Massage Oil warms up easily between the palms and is well-absorbed by the skin, making it a top choice for aromatherapy.

3. Jojoba Oil.

If you don’t give or get a massage regularly and are looking for a good massage oil with a long shelf life, then you should consider Jojoba oil.

It is a wax extracted from the jojoba seed and is used by most people prone to acne due to its antibacterial properties.

The waxy oil warms up easily between the palms and is well-absorbed by the skin, making it a top choice for deep tissue massages and aromatherapy.

4. Grapeseed Oil.

Grapeseed oil is probably the cheapest massage oil out there, but massage therapists love it because it is smooth, feels silky when massaging the skin, and is non-greasy. Our Grapeseed massage oil has little to no odour, which makes it perfect for diluting your essential oils.

5. Olive Oil.

Olive oil is a cheap massage oil occasionally used for deep tissue massages. However, since it is heavy and greasy, with a recognisable aroma that most people associate with cooking… it is usually not used on its own by professionals for massaging clients.

6. Wheatgerm Oil.

Wheatgerm oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that double up as a natural preservative.

It works for most types of massages. And, massage enthusiasts and professionals like it because it leaves the body feeling rich and deeply nourished after a massage.

Our wheatgerm massage oils are light, which is great if you’re after more grip or glide from your massage oil.

What to Consider When Choosing a Professional Massage Oil.

Type of Massage.

Different massage techniques require different types of massage oils. Low-friction techniques such as Swedish massage call for heavier oils like olive oil. And high-friction techniques, such as deep tissue and sports massage, call for lighter oils like grapeseed oil and wheatgerm oil.

Available Time.

If you have less than 45 minutes to squeeze in a massage, then go for a lighter oil since they rarely stain fabric or feel greasy on the skin.

If you have a full day 😉 or hours to spend then a heavier, ultra-moisturizing oil is the better choice, knowing you can shower after.

Fragrant or not.

Need an oil that smells fragrant? Or is your partner or yourself sensitive to strong smells? These are things that you need to consider when choosing a professional massage oil. Most therapists use a subtle or scent-free oil to accommodate clients that are sensitive to added fragrant ingredients.

Allergies and Skin Sensitivities.

Does the person receiving the massage suffer from allergies or skin sensitivities? Then some types of oils need to be avoided. We recommend avoiding massage oils that contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). These ingredients can dehydrate the skin and can cause irritation.

When in doubt, test the massage oil on a small patch of skin… preferably the belly or arm. You can always book a online consultation with one of our experts. 

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