Essential Oils in Deep Tissue and Sports Massage Practice

massageWhile yard work may not be your idea of “sport,” our family took the first really nice weekend in Austin this spring to fill leaf bags, clean gutters, and clean up the winter backyard clutter.

While researching some essential oil massage suggestions, I came across this recent post in Massage Magazine.  The article discussed a whole range of other essential oils a sports massage therapist or deep tissue massage therapist might use.   Some of the oils a massage therapist may add into their massage lotion or oils include marjoram, juniper, ginger, myrrh, and helichrysum.

Personally, I’ve started warming up before a walk with self-inflicted 🙂 leg massage of juniper, ginger and cypress.  We’ll see if it increases my miles-per-lunchtime.

A typical massage therapy dilution, considering the surface area you cover in massage, you may want to start at a relatively low dilution:

  • 3% dilution = 20 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier
  • 5% dilution = 30 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier
  • 10% dilution = 60 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier

Take Massage Magazine’s advice to “add a touch of the spa” the next time you or your partner deal with tired, aching, overworked muscles. Share this article and your oils at your next massage session.

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