How Massage Oils Enhance the Experience

At first glance, the purpose of massage oils used by your licensed massage therapist may seem pretty clear. They help to ensure that your therapist can perform the therapy without friction. Oil by its very nature is a lubricant, so these ensure that your massage therapist can apply gliding, unobstructed pressure to your muscles and fascia. But oils and massage creams do much more than just provide workability for your massage therapist. Read on to learn more about how oils enhance your treatment.

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Massage Oils Provide Aromatherapy Benefits

It’s not by chance that the massage oils your therapist uses smell the way they do. They are often infused with essential oils to enhance relaxation. Alternatively, your massage therapist may diffuse essential oils in your treatment room to create an ambiance of serenity. Common essential oils used for an aromatherapy massage include:

  • Balsam Fir
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Marjoram
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Tangerine
  • Tea Tree

Essential oils used during a massage have specific purposes. For example, if you’re dealing with depression, orange, lemon, and tangerine essential oil may be added to your treatment for mood-boosting. Chamomile, lavender, and geranium may be used in a calming capacity for anxiety or insomnia.

Ginger, peppermint, and spearmint are best suited for those who experience nausea. For fatigue, your therapist may recommend rosemary, while eucalyptus may be helpful in a pain management capacity. When in doubt about the right essential oil to add to your massage therapy, ask your therapist for recommendations.

Does aromatherapy in conjunction with a massage actually help with chronic conditions? Yes. The National Cancer Institute reports that aromatherapy benefits patients dealing with issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, nausea, and pain.   

Is Aromatherapy Available with All Massages?

Aromatherapy can be included with all massages. If you have very sensitive skin or known allergies, you must inform your therapist before treatment. Your therapist will let you select an aromatherapy blend to add to the massage oil or creme.  You can also choose to have that same aromatherapy oil diffused in the room.

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About Touch Massage has earned rave reviews for massage therapy including sports massage. While massage oil will be used with all therapies, if you wish to include aromatherapy, be sure to request it when you book your appointment or before your session begins. Book your appointment online or call 541-484-3055 today.


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Jennifer is wonderful. She’s always very good at finding my sore spots and seems to intuitively know the right amount of pressure to use. I highly recommend her services.
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