Even the most skilled masseuse won’t be able to provide an exceptional, relaxing, and rejuvenating massage without the right oil. Every massage therapist has personal preferences when it comes to massage oils, but most agree that natural, organic oils have an edge over synthetic alternatives. Read on to find out about five of the massage oils most frequently recommended by professionals in the field.

Avocado Oil

Avocados are rich in essential vitamins that benefit the skin, including vitamin E and fatty acids. And so is the oil pressed from these popular fruits. It’s a heavy, deep oil that is usually mixed with other, lighter oils like sweet almond to produce well-balanced massaging oils. Massage therapists need to keep in mind that clients who are sensitive to latex may also have a bad reaction to avocado oil. But true allergies are rare.

Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is a vitamin-rich, pale yellow massage oil extracted from almonds. It glides easily over the skin, but it absorbs more quickly than other oils and is prone to building up on sheets. Sweet almond oil won’t irritate clients’ skin, but massage therapists who use it should ask about potential nut allergies in advance. Those with nut allergies should not come into contact with almond oil.

Safflower Oil

Safflower oil is rich in linoleic acid, an essential nutrient for supporting skin health. It’s found not just in massage oils, but also in acne products. Massage therapists wouldn’t use safflower oil by itself, but it is an ingredient in many popular oils and it’s perfect for those with acne problems.

Jojoba Oil

Despite its misleading name, jojoba oil is actually a wax extracted from jojoba seeds. It’s not greasy, doesn’t stain sheets, and has a long shelf-life. So massage therapists don’t need to worry about jojoba oil going rancid. Jojoba oil is also thought to have antibacterial properties, which makes it a good option for clients suffering from back acne or candida overgrowths.

The primary downside of jojoba oil is that it absorbs quickly. That means massage therapists must either reapply it frequently or use it with other oils. Some boutique massage oils contain jojoba as a key ingredient, alongside other true oils that are less prone to quick absorption.

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Although untreated coconut oil is greasy and heavy, fractionated coconut oil is a little different. It contains only the medium-chain triglycerides ordinarily found in coconut oil, so it’s stickier and less greasy. Fractionated coconut oil is best for shorter massage strokes since it has less glide than the other oils mentioned above.

Like avocado oil, fractionated coconut oil may irritate the skin of clients who have latex allergies. Massage therapists should also ask about coconut allergies. Since fractionated coconut oil is relatively inexpensive and has a long shelf-life, there’s no harm in buying some even if not all clients like it.

Choosing the right massage oils can be challenging. Especially for those who have only recently gotten into massage therapy and home practitioners without professional training. The most important thing is to purchase oils made from natural ingredients and supplied by trusted manufacturers. Most feature a combination of oils and come in a variety of scents. Which makes it easy for consumers and massage therapists alike to choose the ones that fit their needs.

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14 Replies to “5 Types of Massage Oil: What Do the Therapists Recommend?

  1. Nice to know momsh…I have now an idea what oils are best for massaging..want to try the avocado oil ,..sounds interesting ☺️

    1. Thanks for this momsh . Nakakatuwa kasi nadagdagan nanaman yong kaalaman ko about massage oil.Sana masubukan ko din magpamasahe using avocado oil mukhang maganda sya for massaging.

      1. Bet ko Yong fractionated Coconut Oil kac wla nmn ako skin allergy.Thanks for sharing this Mommy nakakuha ako ng idea.

      2. Sana makaranas din magpamassage may iba’t ibang uri pala ng oils…pag dumating ang panahon na magpamassage ako avocado oil ang piliin ko kasi rich in essential vitamins..

  2. Not yet experience na mamasahe. Sana soon. Para naman ma-experience kung pano kasarap ang masahe.

  3. Di ako nakatry ng massage momsh..dami pala nilang ginagamit hehehe ..Maganda cgro sa feelings nito..

  4. I think coconut oil lang afford kong pang massage. Maganda naman ang benefits. Nature friendly pa. Lahat naman nature friendly pero eto lang ang meron samin dito sa probinsiya.
    Salamat sa info momsh.

  5. Yay dami palang mga klase Ng massage oil Ang na experienced ko lang eh coconut oil sak isang beses pa lng ako nakapag massage at talagang sobrang gaan sa pakiramdam thank you for sharing this momsh

    1. Different kind of massage oil but same na nakaka relax at sa dating katawan ngayon ko lang nalaman ang ibat ibang klase ng langis at mga benefits na makukuha dto super nakaka intigang subukan ang bawat isa dto tnx mommy sa pag share nito lalo pa PRA sa mga mommy na kagaya ntin na need minsan mag relax

  6. Na try ko na magpa-massage sa blind kaso hindi ko alam ano ginamit niyang oil. Usually kapag hilot efficascent oil yung gamit.

  7. Didn’t know about all this oil. Had massage many times esp when I was working back 2007-2012 but never experience massage therapist asking about the allergies to oil. Pero the next I visit, I would love to have the Jojoba Oil because one of my skincare now contains jojoba oil and really loving it.

  8. Gusto ko rin matry magpamassage kasi hindi ko pa naexperience yun lalo na ngayon Mommy na ako feeling ko malabo na

  9. There are variety of oils to choose from. I like the Avocado oil. I want to try it whenever I will go the massage.

  10. ang dami pala talagang klase ng massage oil, mahilig ako magpamassage pero sa bahay lang at wala ng oil feeling ko kasi malagkit may naitutulong pala ang mga oil na ito sa ating katawan. I want to try Safflower oil.

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