Preparation for Aromatherapy Massage with Essential Oils
How to prepare for an aromatherapy massage using essential oils
Massage requires proper preparation in order to be effective and
comfortable for you or for another person if you are giving a massage to
someone else. On a practical level, if you have not prepared properly
and halfway through your massage discover that you have run out of
towels, then you must stop and wash your hands before you can touch
How to prepare for a massage with essential oils
Find a private room that is
quiet, clean and spacious enough to do the massage in. It must be warm -
at least a few degrees above normal room temperature - because you will
remove clothing to do the massage, and you (or the other person) do not
want to feel chilly. Oiled skin chills quickly, so a warm room is really
Make sure the lighting is
soft, but bright enough to see what you are doing. Uplighters and side
lights are better than overhead lights if you are massaging someone
else, so that the light does not shine directly in their eyes when they
are lying on their back.
Ensure that you have enough
of everything you will need, including sufficient time so that you are
not rushed. You require plenty of different-sized towels to cover up
parts of the body after they have been massaged. A large towel can be
used to cover a futon or mat on the floor where you will be doing the
massage. Have several cushions available to sit on, and to support your
knees if you are massaging another person.
Select your essential oils
and blend them into sufficient base oil for your needs. A full body
massage takes 15-25 ml (3-5 teaspoons), depending on the size of the
person and how dry the skin is. use a small, shallow dish that you can
easily dip your fingers into.
Prepare yourself mentally to
do the massage. Make sure that you have your book open at the right
page, if you need to check the massage sequence.
Remember to cut your
fingernails short, tie your hair back and remove any rings or bracelets
before you start.
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