Growing up I was alwas intouch with essential oils and taight how much they can improve our everyday lifes and how they can be used for different therapies as well lmike massage therapies. Actually I would say essential oils are, well, essential for a good massage.
Essential oils are not really oils. They are a liquid made out a combination of 150 to 5000 different components! They are produced by pressing and cooking different herbs and parts of plants which have useful extracts in them. One gramm of essential oils can need up to 500 gramms of herbs and parts of plants to be produced. Therefor essential oilsare quite expenisve and something special. It is really worth it to invest in a couple of essential oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrate so we never want to use them in their pre form. What we want to do is combine them with the oil we are using for the massage. Sweet almond oil for example is perfect for massgaes. To combine them put 1- ml of essential oil into 100 ml of the sweet almond oil and voila you have a nice massage oil to work with. Essential oils can cause allergic reactions so please always ask your client about their allergies and also test the oil on a small part of the body first.
To give you a little idea what essential oils are good for and which ones have which effect I created a list explaining it more in detail.
Eukalytus: This oil actually comes from an Australian tree and has sanitizing and healing effects which makes it amazing especially for winter to prevent colds and flues. It has a strong, fresh smell which makes it nice to work with.
Ginger: Essential oil from the ginger root is another oil especially good for winter. It actually strengthens the imune system and therfore it is perfect to prevent colds as well. Another amazing thing about ginger is that it actually stimulates the libido and elevates your sex drive which makes it great for tantric massages for example. This way you and your client will get in the right mood.
Jasmin: If your client feels a bit depressed or tired on the day of your appointment you should use Jasmin. Jasmin has an uplifting effect and stimulates the senses on a whole different level which makes it amazing to work with.
Lavender: It's an essential oil really everybody knows. It the the most famous and also most popular essential oil there is. Lavender has this unique enchanting smell which everybody loves and actually has some other good effects. It actually can help with cramps and therefor is perfect for a sports massage.
Overall we can see that essential oils have great effects, are helpful and can actually elevate every massage to a whole different level which makes them a must have for every massage therapist that wants to go the extra mile. In my experience these oils are actually a nice little extras all of my clients appreciate.