Massage Oil, Cream, Lotion and Gel FAQ:
What are massage oils?
Generally speaking, a massage oil is used in treatments which need a great deal of glide. Massage oils can be derived from seeds, nuts, plants and grain. These massage oils can be used singly or in some cases they are combined to maximize the workability for a specific treatment. Massage oil is thinner than most other massage lubricants, Lotion or Cream and takes a while to absorb into the skin. They have a tendency to cause challenges with staining of massage sheets, however Fractionated Coconut massage oil is a great oil with lesser staining issue. Additionally there are massage detergents on the market containing ingredients specifically addressing the botanicals that can often be deposited on the fibers of massage sheets.
What are massage creams?
A massage cream is generally used when you want to a richer product that provide a nice glide, but will also allow for grip when needed once worked into the skin. Massage cream has a tendency to have a longer workability, yet absorbs well into the skin, leaving it feel soft and supple. Massage Cream or Creme is also more laundry friendly, leaving less laundering concerns for the massage therapist. Some massage creams are pumpable, but many are not due to the viscosity of the product. These too are made of oils and other ingredients that are beneficial to the skin.