I my last short article I mentioned how using polyunsaturated fat oils on your skin is not very health. Once the oil comes into contact with the UV rays of the sun (yes indirect as well) it breaks down into free radicals that can damage skin cells. Polyunsaturated oils would include things like almond oil, canola oil, safflower oil, grape seed oil, walnut oil, sunflower seed oil, rapeseed oil, soy oil, vegetable oils, avocado oil, jojoba oil and many more. Quite a list!
What oil is safe to apply to our skin? Unrefined coconut oil is said to be one of the best oils to put on our skin for its health, protection and rejuvenation. Pure vitamin E oil as well, but that is quite expensive and can be difficult to find in a topical application form. Both of those oils do not break down in UV rays into toxins to damage the health and integrity of our skin or hair.
When it comes to therapeutic massage however, even those oils may not be the best thing to use on the skin.
Our skin contains an electrical current that surrounds the body – obviously. Even gas stations know this and put up warning signs to discharge your body before pumping fuel so you do not accidentally create a spark, ignite the fuel and blow the place up! When we massage other people and even self massage, our hands are interfacing with the skin and the electrical current of the body. When we apply oil of any kind to the person getting a massage, the oil blocks the ability for the masseuses hand current to interact with the receivers body. This makes it very difficult to successfully help move the energy of the receivers body. Sure it may still feel good, but the deeper levels of what massage is for is unattainable when oils are used because that electrical exchange is sealed off.
Another reason using oil on the skin during massage is not always the most productive action is because the skin needs to breathe and oil blocks the pores natural breathing ability. This also suffocates the surface energy, interferes with the electrical current and prevents deeper energy flows from picking up during the massage process.
Rubber or latex gloves also prevents natural electrical exchange and proper energy flow.
If you work with massage try using minimal amounts of coconut oil only on areas that seem to absolutely require it because of too much friction. Yes friction is necessary as part of the current building and moving, but too much can be uncomfortable. You can also try using small amounts of warm salt water rather than oil. Remember salt water is naturally conductive and works much better on the body for massage than fresh water.