Do you ever wonder why your massage therapist uses the lotion or oil that they do?
Let’s talk sensitivity first. Many people are sensitive to certain scents; mineral oil makes a lot of people break out; and some people are deathly allergic to nuts. The trick then is to find a lotion or oil that is most likely to suit everyone (including myself), and certainly won’t harm anyone! Personally, my skin hates anything synthetic, so if I can use an oil or lotion it’s likely that most of my clients can as well.
Since some people are allergic to nuts, I have to rule out the use of almond oil, peanut oil, avocado oil, and even olive oil. A good substitute I found is sesame oil. It has been used in Auyervedic medicine for thousands of years. It has detoxing and anti-inflammatory properties and I have never heard of anyone being allergic to it.
Another thing to consider with a lotion or oil is how well it absorbs. If it doesn’t absorb at all, my client will leave feeling greasy, and nobody wants that! If it absorbs too quickly, I have to reapply it too often. Many lotions will “ball up” when glided over, and this is a problem with most store bought lotions. Massage-specific stores are the best option to buy lotions.
When I use lotion, I use an organic lotion by Biotone which is specifically designed for rehabilitative and deep tissue massage. It is scent-free and made for sensitive skin.
Here is something most clients don’t know about the pros and cons of lotion verses oil. Lotion has processed stuff in it, so for those who are more health conscious it’s best to use raw, organic oil. The down-side to this is it’s much more difficult to get oil out of clothing and sheets. Many therapists have come up with a mixture of different soaps and detergents to use to wash sheets. In my experience, the life of sheets is two years at best when I use oil. However, I think it’s worth replacing them more often because I much prefer to use oil.
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