If you’re nursing aches and pains there are few things that will leave you feeling better than a massage.
In fact, something that is better than a regular massage is a massage using warming massage oil.
If you’re new to warming massage oil, in this article, I’m going to explain what warming massage oil is used for and why it might be exactly what you need:
What Is Warming Massage Oil?
Warming massage oil is, quite simply, massage oil that has been formulated to create a warming sensation when applied to the skin.
This is achieved by adding ingredients like capsicum extract or cayenne pepper extract which cause a sensation of heat.
There is no set ingredient list, however, I’ve seen DIY warming massage oils made from just about every combination of carrier oils, essential oils, and some other ingredients that would surprise you.
As long as it gives a warming sensation, it’s a warming massage oil.
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What Is Warming Massage Oil Used For?
There are two main reasons people use warming massage oil and those are for pain relief and to increase blood flow.
The warming sensation of the massage oil helps to relax muscles and ease pain.
At the same time, the increased blood flow brought about by the warmth of the massage oil helps to speed up healing.
This makes warming massage oils ideal for people who suffer from conditions like arthritis, carpal tunnel, and fibromyalgia.
Why Should You Use Warming Massage Oil?
There are many reasons why you might want to use warming massage oil the next time you give yourself or someone else a massage.
Warming massage oil can:
- Help to ease pain
- Relax muscles
- Speed up healing
- Increase blood flow
- Improve circulation
All of these things make warming massage oil an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve their massage experience.
Some people love the sensation and feeling they’re left with after being massaged with warming oil and never go back to regular massages.
How Do You Use Warming Massage Gel?
Now that you know all about warming massage oil and what it can do for you, you’re probably wondering how to use it.
Fortunately, using warming massage oil is no different than using regular massage oil.
Simply apply it to the area you wish to massage and begin massaging as normal.
It’s important to note that a little goes a long way with warming massage oil so start with a small amount and add more as needed.
You should also be aware that some warming massage oils can cause irritation if used on broken skin so be sure to test it on a small area before using it over your entire body.
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Possible Side Effects of Using Warming Massage Oil
While warming massage oil is generally safe for most people, there are a few things you should be aware of before using it.
First, some people may be allergic to the ingredients used to create the warming sensation.
If you’re using a store-bought warming massage oil, this shouldn’t be an issue as they will list the ingredients on the label.
Assuming you know if you have any allergies, give the ingredients a good looking over before using it.
However, whether you’re using shop-bought or you’re making your own warming massage oil, be sure to test it on a small area of skin before using it all over your body.
This will help to ensure that you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients and that you don’t have a reaction to the massage oil.
Other than allergies, the only other potential side effect of using warming massage oil is that some people may find the sensation too intense.
If this is the case, simply stop using the massage oil and wash the area with soap and water.
As long as you’re not allergic to the ingredients and you don’t find the sensation too intense, warming massage oil can be an excellent addition to your massage routine!
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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.