Warnings on Using massage
Before starting to massage, ask whether your friend is pregnant or epileptic.
Never massage someone with any of the following conditions without a doctor’s consent:
- Inflammatory conditions, such as varicose veins, thrombosis, or phlebitis.
- Acute back pain, especially if the pain shoots down the arms or legs when you touch the back.
- Infection, bruising, or acute inflammation.
- contagious disease,
- high fever,
- Any other serious medical condition
Using Massage Oil
Oil helps hands to glide smoothly over the body. For a full body massage, you will need about 4 tsp (20 ml) of carrier oil, to which you can add a few drops of essential oil (see blending).
The amount you use will depend on the size of your friend and the dryness of the skin. Shake the bottle, then warm a little oil between your hands.
Keep the open bottle within reach in case you need more during the massage. If you do, keep one hand on the body while picking up the bottle.
Applying the Oil
Pour about a teaspoon of oil into the palm of one hand (not over the fingers – it will drip through), warm it between your palms, then stroke it onto the body.
Never pour oil directly onto the skin. To replenish the Oil, drizzle a small amount onto the back of your hand and use your other hand to stroke the oil onto the body.