Although you may typically associate massage with relaxation, an aromatherapy massage with energizing essential oils can help you to recharge and rejuvenate. Adding warm massage oil to the experience of a massage can be blissfully relaxing and wonderfully comforting, while it rejuvenates your mind and body. Not only does it enhance the relaxing nature of the massage, but it also aids in healing processes. The smooth gliding motion that a massage oil helps to achieve nourishes the skin and helps to dissolve accumulated toxins and stress, which promotes general good health. Bangkok Aromatherapy oil massage uses essential oils derived from plants to affect your mood and alleviate pain.
Oils have been employed in massage treatments for thousands of years. Nowadays there are available several types of oils with various healthy uses. These massage oils can be applied alone or in combination. In aromatherapy massage, essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil like sweet almond, apricot kernel, or grapeseed oil. The
massage therapist use up to five oils in a mixture, and chooses the oils based on what you need. A relaxing aromatherapy massage, for instance, might have lavender or bergamot, while a massage for sore muscles might include peppermint and
eucalyptus. Aroma massage oils also deliver double the benefit - the healing aromas in the massage oil blend, if properly chosen, are particularly effective in balancing the mind and emotions while the act of the massage works on both body and mind. Ayurveda recommends different base oils and aroma blends depending on what you are attempting to balance. Coconut oil, for example, is a cooling base oil. When combined with a relaxing aroma oil such as lavender, this massage oil will be effective in cooling down the mind, body and emotions. Sweet Orange or Geranium Rose aroma oils are fragrant and relaxing, Basil or Rosemary are vibrant pick-me-ups. If you have a favorite aroma oil or blend, try making your own aroma massage oil by adding 5-10 drops of the essential oil or blend in 4 fl. oz. of the base oil. Almond oil, a light olive oil or jojoba oil can all work as base oils.
Avocado oil. This oil is best diluted at rate of 10% in lighter oil. It has good emollient properties and has great moisturizing, softening and ant-wrinkle benefits for the skin. It is also recommended for dry skins and for general skin inflammations.
Castor oil. It is especially effective when applied along the spinal column. When used with massages, the stroke of the massage should always follow the direction of the lymphatic drainage system.
Sweet almond oil. Sweet almond oil is considered one of the best base oil for massage therapy because of its light weight property. It adds just the right slip to the skin. It is suitable for any skin type and improves the skin's complexion and retains glow.
Coconut oil. This oil is very soothing and helps remove stress in the body. Applying it on the scalp with a gentle massage helps reduce mental fatigue.
Grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil leaves your skin smooth without the feeling of greasiness. It is also one of the most commonly used essential oils in massages. It is easily absorbed on the skin and has nourishing properties.
Olive oil. This oil is amazing especially for prolonged massage because of its fluidity and spreading capacity. It soothes and relieves muscle and joint pains. It also slows the onset of fatigue and cramps.
Lavender oil. This oil is extracted from the flowers of the plant. This is ideal oil for a hot stone therapy session. The heat of the massage rock and the beneficial effects of lavender oil will be able to relieve pain and enhance blood circulation.