Here’s the good news: Over the next decade, it’s anticipated that the occupation of massage therapist will grow by 26%. That’s a lot faster than other jobs.
This profession pays an average of nearly $20 an hour or about $41,000 a year (1). That’s not bad for not needing a university degree.
Massage therapists work in diverse locations like clinics, spas, physicians offices, fitness centers, hotels, and independently.
One of the crucial tools they use is essential oils.
The aroma of the oils sets the mood for the massage. The oils also boost the therapist’s ability to alleviate pain.
Let’s talk about what you need to know about essential oils for massage therapy.
When to avoid using essential oils
I’m a “bad news first” type of person. I’d rather discuss what not to do and get it out of the way.
It’s best practice to be aware of your clients’ needs before you treat them. You should discover if they have allergies or sensitivities before you use essential oils on them.
Also, be especially careful when working with pregnant or nursing clients or those who are chronically ill.
If you’re not sure, skip the essential oil. You don’t need it to perform a successful massage.
How to use essential oils safely
Do no harm. That’s the Hippocratic Oath doctors take. Massage therapists would do well to remember this as well.
Dilute essential oils properly before you ever apply them to the skin. A 1% concentration (one drop per teaspoon of massage oil) is enough.
A low concentration prevents skin reactions but still provides benefits.
For example, one of the best essential oils for massage is sandalwood. Even at a 1% concentration, both you and your client will feel refreshed.