A massage medium is a lubricant that enables the therapist’s hands to move freely and smoothly over the client’s skin. The three most common mediums are: oils, creams and powder.
For most treatments I use a blend of base oils comprising of Jojoba, wheatgerm, peach kernel and grapeseed. This oil is good for skins of all types and ages and is a wonderful moisturiser. It does not stay oily on the skin but soaks in leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft.
- Jojoba oil most closely resembles the oil secreted by your own skin; it is an excellent moisturizer and is ideal for all skin types. It can in most cases be used on blemished skin without any problems, as it helps to control acne.
- Grapeseed oil is rich in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid quite important for the skin and the cell membranes. It is purported to have regenerative and restructuring qualities and has great skin moisturizing properties. It contains vitamins, minerals, and protein, GLA, and a small amount of vitamin E.
- Wheat germ oil has a high vitamin E content and essential fatty acids. It is said to promote a smoother, younger-looking skin, assisting in healing scar tissue as well as stretch marks. It is said to help promote the formation of new cells, improve circulation, and help repair sun damage.
- Peach kernel oil contains vitamin E, vitamin A and is high in essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. It has antioxidant and preservative properties, as well as being nourishing, regenerative and moisturizing. It helps prevent dehydration, smoothes wrinkles, encourages elasticity and suppleness and helps to cleanse and tighten the pores of the skin. It is especially beneficial for sensitive or inflamed skin, such as with eczema or psoriasis conditions and exposure to sun or wind, and also delicate or mature complexions.
Oils for scalp massage are chosen because they moisturise the skin, condition the hair, stimulate hair growth and are neutral in scent. Oils that can be used for Indian Head Massage are:
- Coconut oil has a sweet odour and is used to lubricate dry skin and hair. It can also be helpful in the treatment of psoriasis.
- Mustard oil generates heat, stimulates circulation, reduces pain and swelling and soothes sore tense muscles. Mustard oil has a strong scent and may be distracting rather than relaxing for some clients. It may also irritate some skins.
- Almond oil is good for mature skin and dry hair, reduces muscular aches and pains and calms the nerves. This cannot be used for people with nut allergies.
- Sesame oil beneficial in moisturising skin and hair, reducing muscular aches and pains, reducing swelling and stiffness. It is also said to reduce premature ageing and graying of the hair.
- Olive oil is said to provide relief from the pain of arthritis, relieves sore, tense muscles and reduces swelling. Olive oil has a strong scent and may be distracting rather than relaxing for some clients.
Note: If you would like to try one of these oils please advise me before your treatments so that I can ensure I have it in stock.
Niki’s Original Organic Reflexology Balm was developed by Niki McGlynn, Reflexologist and Homeopath. It is free from petrochemicals and parabens. It contains Tea Tree and Lemon Tea Tree essential oils and so has the most wonderful lemon sherbert smell.
I use Niki’s Balm as a little treat for your feet (although it can be used anywhere on the body). It gives them a fabulous moisturising treatment while I massage the rest of your body. If you like it as much as I do you can buy a little pot to take home with you!
Creams are good for small and delicate areas such as the face or on very dry skin, especially the feet. They tend to be heavier and greasier than oils and absorb faster, therefore more frequent application may be required.
Powder is useful for oily skin, very hairy clients or clients who dislike their skin feeling oily after a treatment. Powder allows for a deeper pressure to be applied and prevents body hair knotting and pulling during the massage.
For very hairy skin I use a natural, non-talc powder that is a blend of arrrowroot, bicarbonate of soda and rice flour.