Massage therapy is a service that many people enjoy. It helps relieve stress and anxiety and leaves you feeling refreshed. While you might know how to choose the type of massage you want, what you might not realize is that choosing the right type of massage oil can change the way you feel after your massage. Learn more about the different types of massage oils available and their benefits.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil actually isn’t an oil. It’s a wax that’s extracted from the seeds of jojoba plants. Because it comes in wax form, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy like many true massage oils and you don’t need to worry about it staining your clothing when you get dressed. This oil is a good option for people who are prone to back acne because it’s antibacterial properties work to keep acne at bay.

Many massage therapists prefer jojoba oil because it has a long shelf life, so there’s a good chance your masseuse will have some on hand. However, because it absorbs into the skin quickly, it’s often mixed with other massage oils. If you prefer your masseuse to use only jojoba oil, you might want to make that clear before the massage begins.

Cocoa Butter

You probably know that cocoa butter is an ingredient that’s often used in body moisturizer, but you might not realize that some massage therapists use it too. When it’s at room temperature, cocoa butter is solid, and when it’s warmed it becomes an oil.

Cocoa butter is ideal for people who have dry skin because of its high level of fatty acids helps to hydrate and nourish the skin. It also works to slow the aging process, smooth scars and wrinkles, and improve blood flow. So even if your masseuse doesn’t give you the option to use only cocoa butter during your massage, you should see if he or she will add some to the massage oil being used.

Almond Oil

One of the most popular massage oils among massage therapists is almond oil. This oil is extracted from almonds — and is either sweet or bitter. Sweet oil is what’s used for massages, while bitter almond oil is typically used to provide scent or flavor.

Almond oil is only slightly greasy, which makes it ideal for massages. It contains vitamins E and A, as well as protein, potassium, and monosaturated fatty acids. Combined, these natural ingredients work to keep your skin looking supple and wrinkle-free. It’s also fairly good at cleaning dirt from pores to prevent blackheads and acne from developing.

Keep in mind, almond oil is extracted from almonds. So if you’re allergic to nuts, you need to make your massage therapists aware of your allergy before the massage begins.

Coconut Oil

It’s not surprising that coconut oil is a popular massage oil. It smells good and is great for your skin. The oil is very light and absorbs into your skin well, but it doesn’t block your pores. Because of this, when coconut oil is used for your massage, you won’t walk out of the office feeling greasy. The nutrients and antioxidants in coconut oil nurture your skin, promoting hydration and silkiness. Also, its antibacterial properties help prevent skin infection and irritation, as well as back acne.

The type of massage oil your massage therapist uses depends on your personal needs and preferences. If you aren’t sure which option is best for you, discuss the available options with your masseuse before your massage begins. If you know you’re allergic to specific oils or your body can’t tolerate them, it’s a good idea to ask what type of oils the masseuse typically uses when making your first appointment. This way you know he or she will have an oil on hand that is safe for you.

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Written by Kitty

There's nothing better than a weekend spent at a spa and total relaxation and happy thoughts is a way of life to me. It's lucky I love cats really with a name like mine! Happily married with my three fur babies to keep us company.