The Miracles of Massage Oils
After a strenuous, hectic week at work, do you feel the need to relax your body and mind on weekends? There are various options to relax like you sleep for more hours, you take a hot shower after a hectic day, Meditation, and many more, but nothing is as comfortable as lying on a massage table.
Yes! The conversation between your skin and therapist fingers is the most important discussion you can ever have.
Let me start with explaining what is body massage and why you should take it?
Body massage is a process of massaging the body by using hands, fingers, knees, elbows, forearm, feet or any massage device. It is generally working on the body with pressure by using structured or unstructured motion.
The word comes from the French massage “friction of kneading”, or from the Arabic word– massage meaning “to touch, feel.
When your muscles are tight and your back is sore, you’ll want nothing more than some soothing music, a nice scent and a massage to work out all the kinks.
A massage is usually about health and relaxation. In other words, it is a kind of therapy. To that end, many massage oils are a combination of plant-based carrier oils and essential oils. Some blends are better and more popular than others, depending on their main ingredients.
How to choose the right massage oil –
Have you ever wondered which oils you should be using for self-massage and what to change as per seasons? If so, then I have got you covered in this blog, where I shall break down what I consider to be the best choices.
How to choose an oil – The 3 important factors –
1.It's important that your oil be organic.
Pesticides tend to collect in fat and thus can be quite high in oils. The skin is very absorptive, for better or worse. It's for the better when there are herbs in your oils that you want to feel your body as medicine but can be for the worse if you're putting anything on your skin containing chemicals or anything you wouldn't want to eat.
I mainly use natural and organic oils from KHADI NATURALS in my practice because they are natural and high quality. Their oils are amazing and refreshing with natural essence. They are organic and free from chemicals.
- Choose an oil based on your constitution and state of imbalance –
Vāta - Olive is the best choice vata because it's warming and has the ability to penetrate deeply and nourish the tissues. Almond Oil is another possibility if you don't like olive as it is also warming. Vata massage oil (oil infused with special herbs) is especially good if vata is high.
Specialty oils for vata and vata transitions: For increasing strength and stamina postpartum, post illness or post-surgery try lavender/Jasmine oils. This is also the oil I recommend for massaging new babies. Toddlers and older children begin to show signs of which doshas need balancing so you can choose for them the same way you would for yourself.
Pitta - For plain oils, rose is the best choice, and is especially good in hot weather. Herbal/Medicated Pitta Massage Oil from Khadi Natural or another reputable company is my top recommendation as pitta can really benefit from the cooling herbs added to the oils. Applying lavender & ylang ylang extracts Oil to the scalp and soles of feet at bedtime supports healthy pitta and encourage sound sleep.
Kapha – Olive, Sandalwood, and Jasmine oils are all helpful for kapha because they are warming, but herbal oils are an even better choice for Kapha, as they add more Kapha pacifying properties to the oil. Khadi Naturals Massage Oil is a great choice.
- Also consider the current season and climate.
You may need to switch oils if you go on vacation somewhere hot during the winter. Or, if you have two doshas you're working with like pitta and vata for example, try using a cooling oil in hot weather and a warming oil in cool weather, or mix the 2 oils half and half and call it good!
After you've considered these 3 points and narrowed down your choices, you can choose whether you want to save money and go with a plain oil like sesame, sunflower or coconut, or invest in a natural oil. If it's in your budget, I recommend the natural oil because you absorb medicine through your skin, so this is a way to bring balance in addition to working with diet, lifestyle and oral organic medicines and supplements. You can, however, stretch that oil a bit by adding plain sesame or sunflower to it.
Whether regular or edible, flavored or natural, in the form of a liquid or a candle -- oils are the best way to start off a nice, relaxing massage. Not only will they allow the one giving the massage to roam more freely and with less friction, but they will often also provide the one getting the massage with some of the plant-based benefits (depending on the type of oil involved). That said, you could also massage someone without these ingredients. And in fact, some techniques don’t involve oils to begin with, due to the nature of the massage.