A question I am frequently asked is ‘What oil or cream do you use?’
In short, I use a water dispersible base massage oil. It is a light, odourless oil and easily washes out of clothes if any oil transfers from your skin to your clothing after your massage. In the seven years I have been using it for remedial and sports massage treatments there has been no adverse reactions from clients.
In our clinic space, we are focused on creating an environment to give you the best possible outcome from your treatment. As often we don’t know how something affects us until we have a negative reaction, I have chosen to leave all oils and creams with additives out of the treatment room.
By focusing on the effects created from a remedial massage you are able to feel how your body responds to massage. Adding oils and creams can make it difficult to clarify where the benefit came from, was it the massage itself or temporary relief heat cream? By knowing how our bodies respond to treatments we can make the best decisions for our needs when we experience pain.
As our clients are all experiencing different levels of health what works for one may not work for another. Different stages of life can also require different treatments and we may find what once was beneficial can be irritating. Often, we find a change in medication can have an effect on the skin, generally making it more sensitive. Care is needed in choosing what oils and creams will support the skin as well as improving muscular health.
Whilst some people really enjoy essential oils and blends they can have negative effects on others. Even the residual smell of certain oils in a room can affect others.
The most common negative reactions are
Essential oils can be quite powerful so it is recommended to consult a qualified aromatherapist before use.
Often with soft tissue tension we reach for heat based creams which can have short term benefits but may mask a more serious issue.
These creams are great for short term although they are not designed for regular use. If you find yourself regularly reaching for these short term ‘band aid’ fixes it may be time to look at other options.
Heat creams also only treat the area that they have been applied on. As we know, often the cause of the pain is from another area. Leaving the cause of the pain untreated can create more damage and take longer to fix when it is finally addressed. A skilled remedial massage therapist will be able to reduce the pain in the symptomatic area as well as treating the cause of the issue.
Daily stretching, keeping hydrated and regular remedial massage all assist to maintain healthy soft tissue.