The word aromatherapy often conjures images of pleasant-smelling massage oils, lotions, bubble baths, or candles made with fragrant scents. But while these products might smell good, they don’t necessarily contain true healing oils. Authentic aromatherapy uses therapeutic plant extracts, which support the body in seeking balance and carry a variety of health benefits.
Plant extracts, also known as essential oils, are concentrates taken from roots, seeds, leaves or plant blossoms. Different oils, or combinations of oils, can be used in different ways. Some are used to promote physical healing, including reducing pain and inflammation, while others are used to reduce stress and boost mood.
Aromatherapy massage is a type of massage therapy that incorporates the use of essential oils, which are added to massage oils or lotions that has several additional health benefits. It increases stamina, relieves fatigue and nourishes all parts of the body. Here are some added benefits of aromatherapy body massage:
- Tones the muscles along with the whole body
- Helps to keep joints flexible
- Relieves fatigue, aches and pain in the body
- Calms the nerves
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases circulation
- Improves complexion of the skin by adding luster
- Improves energy and mental alertness
- Promotes deeper and better sleep
- Nourishes the whole body, promoting longevity
One of the most popular types of massages at spas around the world, you can now reap the healing benefits of aromatherapy body massage at home with your own personal MyoBuddy PRO Massager®!
Using the blue bonnet provided, the MyoBuddy’s penetrating percussive massage action can be used to deliver lotions and oils deep into the skin, providing much needed relaxation along with therapeutic benefits.
The MyoBuddy takes a little lotion or oil (1.5 tsp) and spreads it all over the body. Thy these nutritive massage oils alone or combined together along with your Myobuddy PRO Massager® using the blue bonnet provided.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular massage oils among massage therapists. Extracted from almonds, sweet almond oil is pale yellow in color.
Jojoba oil is actually a wax extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant. Jojoba oil is a good option for most people prone to back acne. It is very well-absorbed, which makes it a favorite carrier oil for aromatherapy and is usually not irritating to skin.
Important to note: jojoba oil is so silky and quickly absorbed, you may need to reapply it often or mix it with other oils listed here.
Sunflower oil is a light, non-greasy oil that won’t leave skin feeling oily. The oil, extracted from sunflower seeds, is rich in the essential fatty acid linoleic acid, as well as palmitic acid and stearic acid, all components of healthy skin. The amount of linoleic acid in skin declines with age and can be stripped by harsh soaps and cleansers.
Note: Sunflower oil can go bad quickly, so it should be purchased in small quantities and stored in a dark cool area. Squeezing one or two capsules of pure vitamin E oil into the bottle may help to extend the shelf life; People with allergies to the sunflower plant family should avoid sunflower oil.
Avocado oil is pressed from the avocado fruit. Deep green in color, avocado oil is a heavier oil and is usually mixed with lighter massage oils such as sweet almond oil.
Cocoa butter is very rich and has a distinct chocolate aroma. It is solid at room temperature and has a heavy texture, so it needs to be blended with other oils or used only for very small areas.
Grapeseed oil makes a great massage oil; it has little-to-no odor, and it has a smooth, silky texture without being greasy.
Sesame oil is especially useful for nourishing and detoxifying and for ailments such as anxiety, poor circulation, constipation, bloating, and excessive dryness. Sesame oil is rather thick and may leave skin feeling oily, so you may want to blend it with lighter massage oils.
Extracted from the seeds of a tree native to Africa, shea butter is a solid at room temperature. Like cocoa butter, shea butter is heavy and can leave an oily feeling on skin, so it is usually not used on its own for massage. It may be blended or used for very small areas.
Note: Shea contains a natural latex, so people with latex allergies should do a patch test before using it.
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ oil is too thick to use on its own as a massage oil, but it can be blended with lighter oils. Wheat germ oil is rich in Vitamin E.
The therapeutic benefits of Lavender are varied and many. It is perhaps the most versatile essential oil, used for many conditions affecting the digestive, respiratory and nervous systems and in the treatment of muscular and joint pain.
Note: When using your MyoBuddy PRO Massager®, never use the white bonnet directly on the skin. Always use over clothing (for self-care) or over a sheet (for professional use.) The blue bonnet provided is recommended for use on bare skin with lotions and oils.
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