Talking about spa massages, the first thing that comes into the most people minds are massage techniques such as Lomi Lomi or Swedish. Massage oils are often overlooked but play a major part when it comes to health benefits. Vegetable oils are known for their health benefits for centuries and are used for cooking and therapeutic purposes.
A good massage oil is 100% pure, natural and without artificial ingredients. In general, it is made of a carrier oil and enriched with highly concentrated essential oils to achieve a synergy for wellbeing and healing.
The benefit for a good massage oil depends on the carrier and essential oils it contains. A good, cold pressed and natural carrier oil contains essential fatty acids and liposoluble vitamins. They both have a great influence on blood circulation, skin and immune system. The fatty acids can not be build by the body and need to be given. So you are not only emotionally blossoming out during a massage, you are also improving your immune system if a quality oil is used. The oil also increases the antioxidants in your body, which will slow down the aging processes.
A good massage oil is blended with aromatic, highly concentrated, volatile, but most important natural essential oils. They produce a pleasant aroma in the spa and boost the mind. Essential oils are close related to hormones and therefore their mechanism is very similar. The essential oil's main duty is to strengthen the inner organs and the defense mechanism of the body. It is safe to believe that vegetable essential oils are anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, circulation-enhancing and raise the tonus of stomach, bowel, liver and gall.
Essential oils can be absorbed through the nose, mouth and skin. The application over the skin, for example during a massage is excellent because the oil is quickly absorbed and easily shared out to the tissue. A consultation before the use of natural massage oils excludes allergic reactions.
A spa in Berlin developed a massage oil menu. “The massage oil menu informs about the variety of ingredients and benefits of our selection of massage oils” says Sana v. Meibom from Sana's Day Spa for Women. The suitable oil for the massage is proposed, but can be changed according to the clients needs.