Beyond the Chair: Choosing the Best Massage Oil for Your Needs

When it comes to leaving a person feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, few things compare

to a great massage.

Whether shiatsu, Hawaiian lomi-lomi, Swedish or in-a-chair sports massage, hands-on

personal massage therapy is a real stress reliever for many.

One of the nicest things about a great massage is a wonderful oil.

Here are a few of our favorites.

Massage Oils to Know About

Beyond the Chair: Choosing the Best Massage Oil for Your Needs

Jojoba is technically a liquid wax ester but provides the same splendid slip as a high-quality

massage oil.

Extracted from a southwestern shrub botanically known as Simmondsia chinensis, jojoba oil

boasts antibacterial properties that make it an excellent emollient for use on backs with acne

and for people with certain skin allergies.


Indian verbena  sometimes called lemon grass oil, offers stimulation to the parasympathetic

nervous system.

What this means is that nervous headaches may be better relieved by a temple massage with

this kind of oil.

The essential aromatics in Indian verbena may relieve chest congestion, clear sinuses and

provide other kinds of respiratory relief.

Sprains, cramps and torn muscles may be gently treated with Indian verbena.


Sweet almond oil   Oily and thick, this is a favorite among masseuses and clients alike.

Almond oil absorbs into the skin and doesn’t leave clients feeling as if they need to bathe after

their therapeutic massage.

It does take awhile to be absorbed, however, this makes sweet almond just right for an extended

massage session.

The oleic and linoleic acids in sweet almond oil are known to relieve muscle aches and tension.

Beyond the Chair: Choosing the Best Massage Oil for Your Needs

Avo oil  thicker than other massage lubricants, oil of the avocado fruit is typically blended

with lighter oils such as jojoba or almond.

Avo oil delivers a wealth of nutrients, including vitamins A, B1, B and D.

This lustrous green oil also offers pantothenic acid to elasticize the skin, according to



Coconut oil  the lauric acids in this oil are first-class antimicrobial agents that offer protection

to sensitive skin.

Vitamin E, which is plentiful in coconut oil, helps to shield skin from age-accelerating damage

done by free radicals.

If you incorporate herbal medicine into your massage therapy routine, you’ll be glad to know

that coconut oil is an excellent carrier that can deliver nutrients through the skin.

Be sure to use fractionated coconut oil, because is contains medium-chain triglycerides that

keep the oil from hardening at room temperature.

Another plus to moisturizing coconut oil is the layer of fatty acids it lays on skin.

This prevents essential moisture from escaping and is perfect for clients with super-dry dermis.

To Scent or Not to Scent

Beyond the Chair: Choosing the Best Massage Oil for Your Needs

Scented or not, massage oil increases the effectiveness of massage exponentially.

The slipperiness of a high-quality oil allows the skilled hands of the masseuse or masseur

to glide over skin.

Generally made from sweet almond oil, avocado oil, soy or another type of natural lubricant,

massage oil makes any massage feel better.

Boost the benefits of massage by incorporating aromatherapy oils into your therapy.

Extracts of certain leaves, roots, flowers, stems and other plant parts may enhance the

psychological and physical effects of a good massage.

Beyond the Chair: Choosing the Best Massage Oil for Your Needs

Arnica oil is made from a kind of daisy and is used in massage oil to reduce swelling, muscle

spasms and to relieve tired muscles.

Arnica should not be used full strength, but diluted in oil it serves its purpose well.

The pink and red flowers of geranium yield an aromatic oil that can be blended into almond

oil for a fragrant, stress-relieving, anxiety eliminating massage.


Lavender oil is a gentle massage additive that offers the ultimate in relaxation.

Use lavender when you want to create feelings of utmost ease leading to sleepiness.

In addition to this lovely benefit, lavender is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, analgesic,

antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and has numerous antimicrobial properties.

Why Massage is Good Medicine

Beyond the Chair: Choosing the Best Massage Oil for Your Needs

Considered alternative and complementary medicine, massage therapy offers numerous

health benefits.

Sometimes provided as an adjunct to more traditional therapies, massage may reduce

symptoms of anxiety, myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and migraine headache,

says .

Temporomandibular joint pain, sports injuries, and digestive disorders may also be

treated with massage.

Beyond the Chair: Choosing the Best Massage Oil for Your Needs

Traditionally, massage was done with the client lying prone on a table.

Today, a is a nice portable alternative.

Easily taken anywhere, a massage chair is just right for offering after-marathon massage

and at-the-mall neck massage for tired shoppers.

Beyond the Chair: Choosing the Best Massage Oil for Your Needs

The next time you’re feeling stressed out, don’t reach for a valium.

First, get a great massage and see if you don’t feel a whole lot better in a nicely natural way.


About the Author
Isabella Savage is an aromatherapist who shares her passion, and her knowledge, around the internet through her articles.


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