Massage oil reduces friction and enables the hands of a massage therapist to move smoothly across the skin. Any type of oil is useful for friction reduction, but not all have the specific qualities that certain oils provide. Coconut and grape seed oil are two of the most commonly used oils by massage therapists, and each oil is known to boost the benefit of a massage in many ways. Read on to learn the benefits of each.
1. Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil is unlike the traditional coconut oil most people use at home. The process removes many of the fatty acids, so the oil becomes light and odorless.
Control Massage Strokes
Fractionated coconut oil is also stickier than regular coconut oil. The stickier product still reduces friction during a massage but enables the therapist to have more controlled movements.
Controlled movements during a massage allow the therapist to target certain muscle groups and specific pressure points for the most relief. Therapists may use this oil during a deep tissue massage or foot massage or when working on pressure points to alleviate pain.
Soften the Skin
Fractionated coconut oil has vitamin E and antioxidants, and it is antibacterial and antifungal. It can remain on the body to absorb into skin without any concern of rancidness. The oil helps to keep moisture in the skin to prevent dryness, and it may help to reduce the signs of aging. Recent studies that included virgin coconut oil revealed that it may speed up wound-healing.
Improve Other Oils
A common use of coconut oil is as a carrier for essential oils. Fractionated coconut oil has no odor, so it does not compete with or corrupt the scents of the oils chosen for use in aromatherapy. The creamy texture of coconut oil makes it the perfect base for concentrated essential oils that need dilution before any skin application.
2. Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is a popular choice because it is a silky and light massage oil.
Improve Skin Conditions
One of the biggest benefits of grape seed oil is that it is also an anti-inflammatory with an elevated level of linoleic acid. Linoleic acid helps to clear clogged pores and can reduce the severity of acne breakouts.
Protect Sensitive Skin
Grape seed oil comes from grapes, and allergies to this fruit are rare. Since it is not a common allergen, it is often safe for use on people with sensitive skin and other allergies. It also has a light, nonoffensive odor that is unlikely to bother people that have a sensitivity to many scents.
Boost Skin Texture
Grape seed oil has a higher vitamin E content than olive oil and has high levels of vitamin C as well. It can soften, moisturize, and soothe the skin. Vitamin C also helps to improve the elasticity of the skin by boosting collagen production to repair skin damage. Studies have also shown that it helps to protect the skin from some of the damage caused by the UV rays of the sun.
Add to Blends
The light, silky texture and mild scent of grape seed oil make it a popular choice as a carrier oil. Many therapists mix grape seed oil with other beneficial herbal ingredients or essential oils for use in massage and aromatherapy. Grape seed oil is often an ingredient in homemade lotions, hair products, and soap.
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