Essential Oils for Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is used for various purposes like relaxation, pain management, physical discomfort, body tensions and stress. Essential oils have been used in massage therapy for many years. Essential oils that suit your skin type and need help in reaping the benefits of massage therapy and make the session healing, relaxing and soothing.

Massage Oils – What to Look For 

  • Massage Type: The two massage therapy techniques are:
    •  High friction and low friction.
    •  Each technique requires the use of different oils. Therefore, the method applied will influence the type of oil you select. 

  • Timing:
    • The place and time for massage therapy matter when choosing an essential oil.
    • Lighter oils are recommended for a massage up to 30 minutes and heavier/ultra-moisturizing oils for a leisurely day spa. 

  • Fragrance:  Fragrance may affect your choice of essential oils. However, this is dependent by the following factors:
    •  skin type
    •  liking 

  • Allergies and Skin Sensitivities
    • Allergies, skin conditions and sensitives should also be considered when choosing an essential oil for massage therapy.  

Even though many oils are used for massage therapy, choosing the best oil is determined by the individual and their needs. A few essential oils and their benefits in massage therapy are below. 

Lavender Oil: 

  • One of the most popular essential oils.
  • Lavender oil can also be used in a blend with other essential oils, which assists the more effective absorption of blend into the skin and muscles. 
  • Benefits of lavender oil include:
    • Pain relief
    • Relief of muscle fatigue
    • Boosts energy levels/stamina
    • Promotes Sleep
    • Refreshing scent 
    • Soothing atmosphere 
    • Safer to use directly on the skin

Geranium Oil:

  • Some of the benefits of geranium oil include:
    • Uplifting and relaxing effects
    • Suitable for balancing the skin
    • Helpful for women struggling with menstrual issues. 

Grapefruit Oil: 

  • Benefits of the Grapefruit oil include:
    • Boosts blood circulation
    • Increased Metabolism 

Comparatively, ginger oil and sea buckthorn oil have the same benefits as grapefruit oil. 

Jasmine Oil:

  • This oil helps ease tension, relieves muscle pain and promotes flow to sore muscles.
  • In addition, it has a beautiful fragrance similar to orange blossoms. 

Coriander Oil:

  •  Apart from its relaxing scent, coriander oil has the following benefits:
    • promotes a healthy digestive system and circulatory system
    • brings a soothing and relaxing atmosphere.


Coconut & Almond oil: 

  • Both oils are beneficial to the skin.
    • However, coconut oil acts as a cleanser and a lip balm. 
    • While almond oil contains vitamin E, protecting the skin from premature aging and getting damage.

Olive oil: 

  • Some of the benefits of olive oil include:
    • Muscle relaxation
    • Locking in moisture
    • Enhanced blood circulation
    • Eases pain, aches, inflammation and muscle spasms.

  • In addition, regular use of olive oil can protect the skin from oxidative stress.

Using essential oils in massage therapy can help with various ailments. However, to gain such health benefits during massage therapy, it is essential to choose suitable essential oils according to your needs. 

 Wholistic Training offers both basic and advanced options as part of its Massage Therapy Program. Register for our Massage Therapy Program to learn more about the principles of therapeutic massage therapy training and to find out whether massage therapy is the right field for you. This program is in the evenings and optionally 100% remotely, in-person or hybrid.



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