Massage was mentioned in the early days of Ayurvedic medicine, and many philosophers spoke highly about this relaxations technique. Warm massage oils will benefit both your mind and body, relaxing and invigorating you. Ayurveda considers massage with the warm massage oils a healing technique that could correct some of the problems in the body and mind. The massage is a good way to get rid of the toxins and stress from your body.
The oil massage will increase the circulation of the massaged area of the body, improve the look of your skin, help you to sleep better and promote the general good health of your body. It also affects the muscle tone and might relieve joint problems. All the problems and pains in the body might be gone after an arm oil massage, you will be much calmer and more focused, and have more energy for your everyday tasks. Massage Oils When choosing the massage oil, always use the one that is the organic, pesticide free and cold pressed, if possible. You might add a couple of drops of essential oils to the basic massage oil, and make it a proper aromatherapy experience.
Choose the oil to suit your skin. If you don’t know which one is the best for you, try several different basic oils to find out.
The most commonly used massage oils are:
Almond oil – is recommended for its anti-inflammatory properties, especially for dry skin.
Apricot kernel oil – stress reliever massage oil, good for aged skin.
Avocado oil – quite heavy oil and should always be used diluted with some other massage oil.
Borage oil – helpful to treat eczema and acne, because of the deep penetration.
Castor oil – detoxifying oil, also used to treat the scars.
Coconut oil – warm it before use, beneficial for very dry skin.
Grape-seed oil – non-allergenic oil, suitable for all skin types.
Jojoba oil – also good for acne and eczema.
Kukui nit oil – has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
Olive oil – warms the skin and relieves rigidity.
Whether you choose professional or self-massage it would have the same benefits. Warm up the oil, it shouldn’t be too hot, just slightly warmed. Sip some of the oil to your hands and apply the oil onto the whole body. Leave it for couple of minutes to be absorbed by the body and then start the massage. Use your fingers and palms to perform circular and straight moves. Adapt the pressure according to the part of the body you are massaging, and pay close attention to the hands and feet, which contain many nerve endings than other parts of the body.
After the massage take a warm bath or shower to remove excess oil from the skin.