If you are considering starting a business as a massage therapist, one of the most common reasons that people are going to come to you is to relieve tension and stress. Massage has long been known as an effective way to relieve mental stress, thanks to the relief of tension on different pressure points of the body.
The supplies and oils that you use for massage can have a significant impact in terms of the overall effectiveness. You can check out a wide range of massage supplies and equipment found here to get you started. However, with such a huge selection of massage oils, essential oils and more to choose from, how do you know which are going to be the best for helping a tense, stressed out client? Here are some of the best massage oils to use for stress – with someone else, or for yourself!
Lavender Essential Oil
It might smell like your grandma’s living room, but don’t let that put you off using this amazing essential oil in your massages. Lavender essential oil has a whole range of awesome healing properties, and is especially effective at relieving tension, stress and anxiety. Not only that, but a massage with lavender essential oil is well known for its ability to relieve pain and improve circulation, something which will help with stress relief in not only the short term, but also in the long term. Thanks to the strong aroma of this oil, it is very commonly used in aromatherapy massage.
Sweet Almond Oil
This oil is one of the most commonly used massage oils amongst many massage therapists. This oil is extracted from almonds and is pale yellow in color. The slightly oily texture allows the hands to glide effortlessly over the skin during a massage, and absorbs easily into the skin so that you don’t have to keep reapplying them over and over again. This oil is often very reasonably priced when compared with other oils, making it an essential when it comes to massages to relieve stress.
This oil is often used as a carrier oil for aromatherapy massages, making it an essential component of any stress-relieving massage. You can blend this oil with a whole range of essential oils that are good for relieving stress, such as lavender, clary sage, bergamot or ginger essential oil. Jojoba oil is actually a wax which is extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant. This oil is especially renowned for its ability to help soothe back ache, which makes it the perfect base for a massage if somebody is suffering from aches, pains and stress.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is a natural sedative, working to reduce stress and anxiety and help to calm the mind. When used with a suitable carrier oil, chamomile essential oil can be hugely effective in reducing stress, relieving anxiety and overall relaxing of the body and mind. Because of this, it is commonly used in aromatherapy massages to help combat stress and tension.
Which is your favorite stress-busting massage oil? Any tips on application or technique? Let us know in the comments.
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