Undergoing a massage without massage oil is like having a Christmas Turkey which is completely bereft of seasonings of any kind. Oil is an imperative ingredient in any massage so much so that even the stones in a hot stone massage need to be smeared with oil before being applied on the skin. There are quite a few reasons which render the oil indispensible for massage Edinburgh like smooth gliding of the masseur’s hands, nourishment it would provide to the patient’s skin and absorption into lungs. Therefore, oils are often the first feature on the inventory list of any spa Edinburgh.
Massage oil which is used by spa Edinburgh is a blend of two or more oils and more often than not the concoction mandatorily comprises of base oil also known as carrier and one or more than one aromatic or essential oils. While the base oil is used for facilitating penetration into the skin addition of the aromatic oil is made with the intention of providing therapeutic benefits. Because the latter provides relaxation through its all-encompassing aroma, it is added as per the personal preference of the patient. Thus, for massage Edinburgh the base oil is the same but the essential oil might vary.
For a professional who is employed at spa Edinburgh learning about the various oils as also there attributes forms a part of training as this knowledge would most likely be used daily. Some of the popular choices amongst carrier oils are grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado, jojoba, coconut and sunflower. Amongst these it is the grapeseed oil which is widely preferred owing to its light nature and ability to be absorbed by the skin easily. Massage Edinburgh parlors also recommend sweet almond oil courtesy of its high vitamin content and wheat-germ oil due to it being high in antioxidants.
Irrespective of the type of carrier oil that is used, there are certain guidelines which need to be adhered to by spa Edinburgh if they intend to use it without causing any wastage. Being a vegetable oil by nature, care should be taken not to expose this oil to air as this would trigger oxidation and ultimately render the oil rancid. Likewise it should not be refrigerated also for the fear of causing deterioration. For this oil to facilitate massage Edinburgh for a long time to come it should be stored in a dark sealed container in a cool place and away from the direct rays of the sun.
The other oil which is added to the carrier for massage Edinburgh is known as aromatic oil or essential oil and since it is basically a plant extract, it is well endowed with many therapeutic qualities. These oils are characterized by high volatility, inherent healing properties and are generally sold in highly concentrated form. As a rule massage therapists at spa Edinburgh do not add more than 3% aromatic oil in the base oil to form the concoction because in larger quantities it could cause irritation. Caution is an important byword in their usage since such properties may not be suitable for all.
Prior to massage Edinburgh, there is a modus operandi which needs to be followed and this entails mixing oils only after having consulted the client about his preferences. Blending massage oils from before is a complete no-no as on one hand it may not suit the client and on the other it might lead to the onset of rancidity and oxidation. Warming both oils slightly prior to mixing ensures a thorough blend and as the expert at spa Edinburgh would suggest, you must never opt for more than two oils. Another ‘don’t’ is the strict avoidance of mineral oils since these could harm the skin of the client.
Have you ever wondered about the ingredients which make up the concoction used to provide you with the most relaxing massage Edinburgh? As an expert at spa Edinburgh would tell you it is usually a blend of different oils one of which is carrier while the others are aromatic.