Oils in massage

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The use of essential Oils is common in all massage therapy, and gay massage is no different.

Masseurs will use the oil either to diffuse scent into the room, creating an aroma for a specific purpose, or will combine the oil with the chosen massage oil and apply it directly to the skin. The overall purpose of aromatherapy is to improve overall health, well-being and mood. Combined with massage it can have some powerful effects.

When using essential oils within massage, (if you want to try it at home in between your regular massage booking) do consider that it is valuable to use an essential oil based on your specific needs. Spend some time thinking about what you would like to achieve from the massage. For example – citrusy scents can boost one’s mood, whilst lavender has a meditative effect that aids relaxation and promotes sleep, and eucalyptus may help with pain management.

Decide if you would rather the oils to be diffused into the air or applied to your skin directly. Do remember that essential oils are very concentrated extracts from plants and should be diluted for safe usage. This decision is personal preference, some people like to soak the oil into their body and others feel the benefit comes primarily through scent, therefore diffusing is the best route to take.  Don’t be afraid to ask your massage therapist for advice.

The scientific evidence to prove the effects of essential oils are still underway. However, the National Cancer Institute found, when exploring the effects of chamomile combined with massage therapy to reduce the impact of anxiety disorders, that the results showed that the use of chamomile during massage had a better impact on patients that if the same massage was carried out without aromatherapy. The MCI’s research showed that aromatherapy during massage presented benefits for not only reducing anxiety but to help with depression, insomnia, nausea and pain.

Be mindful of which oils react best with your skin. If you present signs of reacting with a rash, swelling, hives or any kind of stinging pain you should refrain for using those oils immediately. Make sure you take a warm shower after your massage, this ensures that any oil that may be left on your skin is removed.

Essential oils have a plethora of nourishing effects on the body and mind, however there are some circumstances in which they should be avoided. For example, citrus essential oils make the skin more sensitive to the light of the sun, and therefore should be avoided if you are planning on being in sunlight. Some essential oils can irritate the breathing of those who suffer with asthma. Avoid the following essential oil if pregnant – aniseed, basil, tarragon, birch, parsley and sage as there is concern that the oils can be absorbed by the placenta and harm the fetus.

Aromatherapy, especially when paired with massage can have a wide range of health benefits including soothing pain, improving sleep, reduce stress, fight illness and treating stress-based illnesses. If you are struggling with any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Manchester or London gay male to male masseurs or escorts.