Long gone are the days of massages only being for people who visit a spa or a massage therapist. Massaging at home is far more popular now. This article will take you though coconut oil massage benefits and how easy it is to use at home.
Coconut oil is a very good massage oil. Although it’s not first oil people think of when it comes to massage. I will be explaining some of the coconut oil massage benefits, why it makes such a good oil, and why you should consider giving it a try.
Coconut Oil for Massage
I have covered in detail how massage is good for our health. Mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. The benefits are so wide and varied, for me it’s a no-brainer that regular massages are part of my life.
Using oil helps the whole massage experience along with adding some additional benefits that make the whole experience even more enjoyable.
Firstly, I will point out that this oil has a high concentration of medium-chain fatty acids. Which means it’s a great consistency for massaging and will not leave any residue or sticky layers. It massages into the skin perfectly, and is used as a treatment for stretch marks and as a moisturizer already for these very reasons.
Coconut Oil Massage Benefits
There are some benefits to using coconut oil as a massage oil. These are as follows:
Coconut oil is easily absorbed into the skin and has a nice non-greasy feel and consistency. Sometimes you will need to add some other oil to help with the consistency. Almond is a popular choice.
Healthy for Skin
Coconut oil has a lot of vitamins and properties that are healthy for skin. Most notably vitamin E, which is known to be nourishing and healthy for skin.
Loosens Tension in Muscles
The main point of a massage is to loosen up all that tension being carried in muscles and any knots in the tissue. With the added benefits of this oil you’re getting a really good, relaxing massage.
Heard of MCT oil? Medium Chained Triglycerides are great at dealing with all types of infections and exposure to infections. Coconut oil has a lot of MCT properties and rubbing it in the skin helps keep infections at bay.
Is Coconut Oil Good for Massage
Coconut oil is awesome for massage. If you have never tried it, I cannot recommend it enough. If you ask at your spa I’m sure they will accommodate if they don’t already offer it.
Coconut is now widely recognized as a great massage oil and therapists will use it if you ask, if they are not already. Here are some of the reasons why coconut oil makes a great massage oil:
Good Texture and Moisturizing Level
Coconut oil has a good texture for massaging. It’s not perfect, and some people do find it a little too slippery. But it can be mixed with other oils to help it gain a little more friction.
Who doesn’t like the odor of coconut fragrance in an oil? I’ve never met someone who didn’t like it. Good quality oils smell great and not at all synthetic. It’s lasts a while too so you enjoy the smell for a long time after.
Doesn’t Stain the Sheets or Table
Coconut oil doesn’t stain the sheets beyond being able to be washed out like some greasy oils. So you can clean up after without any worries. This is particularly useful if you are doing home massages and make a mess.
Easy to Blend with Other Oils
Blending oils is an art it itself, but you can come up with some great results and make some really interesting blends. Coconut oil is smooth and blends easily with other oils, like pineapple or blueberry for example. It’s popular in aromatherapy and blending.
Long Shelf Life
Some lesser quality oils do not last months on end. You go to the bottle and there has been separation between the ingredients and it becomes lumpy to use. Coconut oil has a long shelf life, I’m not sure exactly how long but therapists tell me that it doesn’t go bad.
Coconut Oil Massage Precautions
As with all types of massage therapy and using oils on the skin there are some precautions to be aware of.
- Always use natural and pure coconut oils not synthetic ones
- If you feel irritation or discomfort stop right away and consult a doctor
- If you want to mix other oils into the blend check with a qualified therapist first
- Never massage over sores, cuts and open wounds
How to Use Coconut Oil for Massage
In this video you will see a demonstration of coconut oil being used in a massage. Knowing how to use coconut oil for massage is important before you start out, unless you’re a professional therapist.
Coconut oil massage benefits are certainly well worth taking the time to learn how to massage if you’re going to carry it out yourself.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.