Exfoliating before an aromatherapy massage doesn’t seem to be normal practice, anyway in my experience. But there are some quite strong reasons why it could be a good, even a great, idea! Exfoliation is brilliant for the skin. Removing the top layer of dead skin cells removes dirt and oil, gets rid of uneven skin texture, evens out discolouration, and allows the skin to glow again. It stimulates blood flow, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the skin tissue, removes toxins, and stimulates lymph flow.
So why do we not make it a regular feature of aromatherapy massage?
There are different techniques of exfoliation, including body brushing, using creams with an exfoliating agent… and then there is salt scrub. I am particularly interested in salt scrub, and I will tell you why.
First of all when you use salt (I have been using a blend of Moor Spa Mineral Rich Salt Glow*, together with Complete Oil*, which is based around jojoba and is very quickly absorbed) it leaves the skin somewhat thirsty, and entirely ready to absorb the benefits of an aromatherapy massage.
But I think there are other benefits: Aromatherapy massage is a holistic treatment that works on many different energy levels. Sometimes as practitioners we focus on the purely physical, sometimes mental, emotional, and sometimes we are dealing with more subtle energies. Salt is traditionally used to absorb negative energies, and to draw out minor psychic debris. It is a great cleanser for the aura.
I’d love to hear how you get on with this if you choose to try it out. Please keep me informed.
* These products are part of the Moor Spa 100% Natural Source Spa Skincare range. Please call 01223 242242 to order.