As massage therapists we are always in constant contact with different oils, creams and lotions. We might have our preferred one, or we might be in the search for a better one, or we might have clients that actually prefer a certain type.
It doesn’t matter to which category you belong, it’s not a surprise of you still have more than one type or if you still like to try a new one, just to see how it is or what clients will say.
We came up with the 5 best types of oils to use during a massage therapy session, and hopefully by the end of this short read you’ll either be reassured that your choice of use is the correct one, or that you want to try a new one. Just keep in mind that the choice for massage oil or lotion is pretty subjective, and what you might think is the best one, might not be our first choice. However, we came up with a list based on a lot of research and personal experience.
Top 5 Massage Oils
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has numerous benefits, not only as massage oil, but also when applied to food (we personally consider it delicious), but the truth is that when used during therapy, it can be a bit too thick, and that’s a shame.
The solution to this problem is fractionated coconut oil, a light, non-greasy and not as thick version of coconut oil. Basically, what they do is remove long chain triglycerides, leaving only the medium chain, and as a result we get stickier oil with a bit of less glide than the traditional coconut oil. This makes it ideal for therapists to use with shorter strokes in areas of great muscle tension.
Another great benefit is the long life of this oil, as well as the fact that it is less expensive than the traditional one, it is fractionated after all! It also washes very easily from the sheets!
Jojoba Oil is not actually oil, but wax extracted from the jojoba plant. It is a favorite from the therapists at Massage Tables Pro, although we don’t sell it (yet).
Jojoba oil is excellent as it doesn’t stain sheets at all, and it’s not very greasy, so you won’t have greasy hands and the clients’ skin won’t be as greasy either. Add to that a fantastic benefit: jojoba oil has antibacterial properties and long chain wax esters that are very good for skin acne.
Plus, the skin very well absorbs this oil, it won’t irritate it and it doesn’t have any scent. It will also have a very long life, as it doesn’t go rancid easily, so if you don’t use massage oil very much, this can be a great choice.
The only real draw back is that the absorption of the oil happens so quickly, that you might be forced to apply larger quantities than usual to keep massaging.
Mix of Oils
We have found that many time massage therapists opt to buy a mix of oils. Instead of going for just coconut oil, just sunflower oil or others, they buy a bottle of all of them mixed together. We have tried it, and we find that it’s actually a really good idea. And Master Massage offers probably the best one around, 1 Gallon of Unscented Massage Oil, for sale here.
This particular mixture combines grape seed oil, which contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil for moisturizing, sunflower oil, which is very high in vitamins A, D and E, and sesame oil, also rich in antioxidants. All these four types mixed together create a very good massage oil, with no scent, that doesn’t irritate skin at all, it doesn’t stain the sheets, and the best thing is that it washes off very easily from the skin.
Biotone is more of a Massage Gel than Oil. However, is one of the best available and therapists all over America love it. Biotone was designed specifically to provide therapeutic benefits such as stress relief, ache and pain relief, and more. It’s not as easy to apply as traditional oils, and it’s not completely natural oil, but it’s very good.
The main draw back is the price, a gallon can cost over $60. Nonetheless, clients tend to like it very much because it does relieve a lot of pain. And it has the advantage of being commonly used with Hot Stone Massage Therapy (take a look at our hot stone therapy sets for sale here).
Fifth in the list although it could be positioned higher, that depends a lot on the therapist. Almond oil is a favorite, extremely popular massage oil.
Obviously, it’s extracted from almonds, it has a pale yellow color, it’s a bit oily, but that’s great as it easily allows your hands to glide over the skin, with very smooth movements. Out of all the other oils in this list, this is the one that best allows you to do longer and smoother strokes.
It absorbs quickly, not as quickly as jojoba oil, but fairly quickly, so don’t be surprised if you have to reapply it every now and then. It is very reasonable priced compared to other nut oils, which is great. It rarely irritates the skin, which is also great.
The only two drawbacks are that if someone suffers from nut allergies, you can’t use it, so you’ll need to have another oil ready. Finally, it does build up on sheets and it stains, so be careful!
Other great massage oils include Sunflower Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Sesame Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter and Olive Oil. We know of many therapists who simply go and buy Sunflower Oil at the supermarket and use it, and frankly that’s great as well as cheap.
Others prefer lotions, or more scented oils. As we said in the introduction, choosing a massage oil is very subjective. Depending on the therapist, it will be very common to have a preference based on the oiliness, on the price, on how easily it washes off, or even on the preferences of clients. However, the five mentioned above have been some of the best reviewed by massage therapists all over America.
We hope you learnt something, or at least it helped acknowledge that you’re using a goo massage oil or gel. If you want to take a look at our oils, creams and lotions, please just click here. If you want to take a look at other accessories we have that might interest you, just click here.
Is there any particular type of massage oil, cream or lotion that you prefer? Did we miss out any? Please leave your comments, thoughts and opinions below!