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Coconut Oil Massage

Masseurs use oils to help their hands glide lightly along your skin. They usually mix several oils to provide more relaxing and healing properties. Lavender oil adds a relaxing fragrance and peppermint oil stimulates the skin. A coconut oil massage is very different. The healing properties of its medium-chain fatty acids and various acids and other compounds have been touted by users all over the world.

Quick absorption benefits

Coconut oil is a very light oil that is easily absorbed into the skin. In fact, it is absorbed so quickly that some massage therapists mix it two-to-one with olive oil to make it thicker. This property means it gets to work faster spreading its wealth of healing powers.

Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties

Coconut oil's lauric acid kills any stray fungi, bacteria or viruses hanging out on your skin waiting to make you ill. In fact, if you have any open sores, it helps them to heal faster. Studies show that coconut oil kills pathogens that cause influenza, measles, herpes, ulcers, UTI's, pneumonia, candidiasis, ringworm and athlete's foot.

Coconut oil is also a gentle and safe exfoliant for the skin, as it effectively removes the outer layer of skin to provide a healthy glow after a massage.

Skin care benefits

Coconut oil contains vitamin E, which is known as the skin vitamin. It helps moisturize, revitalize, heal and protect your skin. It is all natural, unlike mineral oil, but moisturizes just as well. It is beneficial for treating skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Energizing properties

Coconut oil's medium-chain fatty acids are absorbed through the skin into your bloodstream and burn off quickly to give you energy and keep you alert. It is a monosaturated fat, so it does not build up in your bloodstream. Athletes use coconut oil to boost energy and endurance.

An added bonus to a coconut oil massage is that is does not stain your clothes. If any of the oil gets onto your clothing, it washes out very easily, unlike other oils. Plus, it smells great. Get a coconut oil massage as soon as you are able, and feel the magic yourself.