The benefits of massage were limited to a few who could visit spas in past. But today massage therapy and its benefits are well known to large number of people.
In a nutshell massaging is pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. There are numerous benefits massage offers and some of them are:
Increased blood circulation and improves metabolism
Relief from stress – the stress can be due to lifestyle, work or emotional. Massage seems to help
Massage also helps in case of depression and helps calm your mind
Relieves pain and removes stiffness from body
Depending upon the massage oil used, massage can also help revitalizing skin cells and make skin softer and smoother.
There are numerous other benefits but these are the key ones.
Massage oil plays a key role in effectiveness of massage. Some oils are better suited as massage oils than others because of the way they interact with our skin and once the penetrate it. Almond oil, mustard oil and argan oil are common massage oils. Coconut Oil ‘s popularity is also increasing as a massage oil, but is it worth it? Let’s explore the benefits it provides when used a massage oil and why.
Coconut Oil for massage might be new for western world but it has been around for long in tropical regions. This no surprise because these people understood benefits of the miracle fruit a long ago and thus have included it in their life in various ways. Things which started as common knowledge are getting scientifically proved now. Coconut Oil serves as a great massage oil whether you go for massage yourself or through therapist. Here are some benefits:
Anti-microbial properties: Coconut Oil has great anti-microbial properties. Medium chained triglycerides (MCTs) are considered to be great in treating various kinds of infections be it bacterial, viral or fungal. Coconut Oil key constituents lauric acid and capric acid – both are known to show anti-microbial effect when broken down. So when coconut oil is applied on skin it helps skin get rid of harmful bacteria and fungus which breed on it. Thus saving body from infectious diseases
Healthy skin: Coconut Oil has vitamin E in it. Vitamin E is well known to nourish skin and make it smoother and softer. You will find many moisturizer creams and body creams having Vitamin E in them.
Anti-ageing / anti-wrinkle: Ageing makes skin cell lose their flexibility, softness and color. Coconut Oil is helpful in making skin look younger. Along with vitamins present in it, its anti-oxidant effect also plays an important part in this process
Easy absorption: A good massage oil should be easily absorbed by body. Coconut oil is absorbed so easily that sometimes massage therapist use extra external moisturizer to make sure there is lubrication left while massaging. Almond oil is one common oil added for this purpose. Coconut Oil is often mixed with other herbal oils and extracts to further enhance its effects.
No stains: Coconut Oil leaves no stains. Yes, this is a great news because most oils do leave stains and they are hard to go by.
Muscle benefits: Massage with Coconut Oil can soothe and relax tight muscles in your body. This is great if you are tired due to physical activity.
There are numerous cases when Coconut Oil massage can really help you:
After physical and mental stress to relax your body.
In winters when skin becomes dry it is great way to moisturize your whole body.
Regular massage of Coconut Oil to children ensure that when they play out germs etc. do not cling to their skin and later harm them. It can act as a protective shield.
Coconut Oil massage can be taken by anyone. It does not have any harmful effects. But if you are using other herbal extracts with it make sure you consult a massage therapist before it.