Using essential oils with massage



The usage of essential oils in massaging

Aromatherapy without massage is like a holiday without sunshine – good, but nothing like as good as it should be. Massage improves the effects of the oils so that the combined result is the greater. One and one makes three when you add essential oil to massage. However, this is also the only method in aromatherapy that requires skill and the knowledge of correct technique. It is important to visit only a qualified masseur, and if your interest progresses, perhaps you could enroll yourself on a course to learn the essential skills.

Some simple rules of common sense must be applied:

  • Don’t massage infected or broken skin.
  • Don’t massage someone who is not in a fit state to be massaged, such as under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Check with a general practitioner if in doubt about the interaction of any prescribed medicine with the aromatherapy oils.
  • Don’t massage if you are not in a fit state.

Aromatherapy essential oils for massageMake sure the room and the general atmosphere are suitable. This is a relaxing, indulgent experience; it will work better in the sitting room with soft lights and sweet music rather than on the kitchen table with glaring fluorescent tubes and disco beat. Caring aroma-masseurs and masseuses might draw the curtains and use candlelight, accompanied by appropriate mood music.

Usage of essential oils

Just use a little oil. Adding a drop more to the hands is much easier than trying to wipe away a highly aromatic excess oozing all over the place. A teaspoonful of carrier oil with two or three drops of essential oil should be more than enough to do a complete back massage. Increasing the proportion of essential oil will not necessarily increase the effect, and indeed it may act to the detriment of the therapeutic treatment.

There are scores of carrier or fixed oils. You can get avocado or fractionated coconut if you want, but the cheapest and most widely used general purpose carriers are grape seed and sweet almond. Similar but with different qualities are wheatgerm and jojoba, which you can add to your blend (essentials only, or essentials plus carrier) at a proportion of about 10 per cent to enrich it. Wheatgerm is especially good for facials, and it is a preservative which helps to keep your blend from deteriorating.

So practice your carefully learned techniques, add some common sense, freshen up the potpourri, check the warmth, the lights and the music, and away you go.