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Oils for Massage Therapy

Massage oil is one of the most important tools that professional therapists need in their arsenal. Not only do oils help them perform their job better, they make the patient's experience more pleasant as well. 

The right oil lubricates skin enough to allow for the proper amount of friction and pressure. Oils can also be skin-nourishing and hydrating. Different oils are appropriate for different patients, but all muscle massage oils are welcome after a stressful day.

With so many options available, it can be challenging to determine which massage oil you'll need. 

Read through our handy guide below our products to help you make the most informed decisions for your patients.


Consider the Application

You may wish to have several oils for different styles of massage. Don't be afraid to experiment with oils to find which work best for each application. 

Massage Oil for Sports Therapy

Athletes, for example, have particular massage needs due to their demanding schedules and sore muscles. They might enjoy muscle joint relief creams and other pain relievers more than traditional oils. Some oils are medicated with extracts to reduce your patient's pain and inflammation. Deep tissue massage might call for lotions, creams, or analgesics over oils.

Aromatherapy Oil and Blends

Are aromatherapy massages with essential oils part of your offerings as a therapist? You might want to consider investing in several essential oil blends to add to your oils. These infused oils can provide a more soothing and effective massage experience.

Heavier oils, like olive oil, work best for Swedish or relaxation massages and shirodhara treatment. This oil tends to be more slippery and won't absorb as fast into the skin.

Sweet Almond Oil

Many massage therapists prefer Sweet Almond Oil for its nourishing, moisturizing, and anti inflammatory properties. This body oil is easily absorbed by the skin without clogging pores, promoting clear, soft, healthy skin. These properties also make sweet almond oil a popular base oil for skin products and carrier for many essential oils.

Lighter Massage Oils

Lighter creams and oils, like grapeseed, are better suited for high-friction massages. A deep tissue or sports massage needs enough pressure to provide relief, but less slipping.

Body oil also has several health benefits. Apart from a stress reliever, oils also help to reduce pain, muscle soreness and tension. They are also known to provide relief from anxiety, headaches, lower back pain and other aches and discomforts.

Many therapists discover a brand or blend that perfectly suits their needs and will stick with it for their whole career. Manufacturers of massage oils make a point of carefully keeping their formulation and packaging consistent. 

There are many highly trusted brands, and each of these will offer a range of products to accommodate all the different applications. While this is convenient for the established therapist, it can seem a bit overwhelming for students just starting their careers in massage therapy.

Consider the Patient

No two patients are the same. You may have clients with sensitivities to certain oils or fragrances. In this situation, you'll need to have a wide array of oils to offer them. Patients with more body hair may also benefit from lotions with higher lubrication.

Vegan and Nut-free Oils

Over 850,000 Canadians consider themselves to be vegan. To be an inclusive RMT, you'll need at least one vegan-friendly oil solution. Happily, many massage oils are derived from plants as seed extracts, but specifically vegan products are available. Seed oil is also quite sustainable as a resource.

If you provide your massage services to infants, you'll need baby-specific oils. Babies have sensitive skin, so you'll need to have the right oils to prevent irritation. Consider this for prenatal massage patients as well.

Some creams and oils feature nuts as an ingredient. If your patients are one of the 7.5% of Canadians with a severe food allergy, you need nut-free options.

You might want to consider having both an unscented and scented oil option, too. Many people have scent sensitivities, so you should be able to cater to them.

Ask new patients about their preferences and allergies on their intake form. You'll be able to provide a better experience if you know where their sensitivities lie. Whether working in a spa or on an at-home portable massage table, your client's comfort is absolutely essential. They will achieve a relaxed state more quickly, and generally be more receptive to the treatment.

Also inquire about patients' skin conditions. One million Canadians are diagnosed with psoriasis alone, and that is but one of many conditions patients may live with. Skin is what therapists work with, so it's good to be acquainted with these conditions, and to discuss them frankly with patients like any other health professional would. Develop a rangee of oils in your practice, to suit special skin needs. Even simple issues of patients with dry skin should be considered.

Buy the Right Massage Oil

There are many things to consider before you put any massage oil in your shopping cart. If you have a wide array of patients, you need to be able to cater to every one of them.

Storage and Shelf Life

Generally speaking, oils have a shelf life of approximately six months. Most brands indicate a "use by" date on the bottle. In order to extend the life of a given batch, aim to store it in a place that is away from bright light and where the temperature is stable. 

  • Cupboards, closets, or storage containers work well. 
  • Heat, cold, sunlight, and temperature fluctuation can cause oils to deteriorate more quickly. Exposure to air can speed up oxidation, so keep unused oil bottles tightly sealed in their original packaging until use. 
  • Signs of spoilage can include an off smell, cloudiness, or a change in the texture or skin-feel. It is not recommended to store massage oil in the refrigerator despite the logic that it would be dark and at a stable temperature.
  • Shelf life varies from one body oil oil to another. 

Sunflower oil may begin to turn rancid after only six months, whereas jojoba oil (which is really a kind of wax) may last five or more years. Because these are products from organic sources, the process is natural. Once it begins, it cannot be halted or reversed, so good storage is the best option.

If you're looking for where to buy oils, look no further than BodyBest. We sell many different cream and oil options for the professional masseuse. If you're looking for massage tables or spa-grade linens, we sell those too.

Get in touch with us today to get your hands on all you need to start your business.

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