Swedish and Indian Head Massage are usually performed with soothing oils to help maximise the benefits and to aid the reduction of stress. Most commonly used are:
- Almond Oil – whose beneficial properties include reducing aches, pains and stiffness, and generally promoting healthy hair and skin. It is non-greasy and virtually odourless.
- Coconut Oil – this is good for moisturising the skin and encouraging hair growth on the scalp. It also balances the body.
- Mustard Oil – like almond oil it is useful for relieving aches, pains and stiffness. It can be used to reduce swelling and is also good for purifying the blood by opening the pores.
- Grapeseed oil – one of the most popular carrier oils used by bodywork therapists. It is an easily absorbed very fine oil that leaves skin with a smooth finish that is non-greasy and virtually odourless.
In addition to the oils above, a blend of essential oils may also be applied to the scalp. The most popular of which are Lavender and Rosemary. Lavender is used for its calming relaxing effect, while Rosemary, which also helps relieve aches and stress, gives an uplifting feeling and sense of being energised.