Massage therapists prefer coconut massage oil because its health benefits go far beyond muscle relaxation.
Coconut oil's beneficially profound impact on your entire body is unmatched by any other massage oil.
Of all the massage oils known to man, only coconut oil is more than two-thirds saturated Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) or Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA).
Almost all others are made completely of Long Chain Triglycerides (LCT) or Long Chain Fatty Acids (LCFA).
Coconut oil relaxes muscles, relieves tension, and improves blood circulation. It makes the best massage oil primarily because of the healing and protecting properties of MCFAs.
As they soothe your tired and sore muscles, coconut oil's MCFAs improve the appearance and health of your skin. After doing their job topically, these rare fatty acids penetrate through your skin pores and eventually end up in your bloodstream for yet another round of even greater health-promoting activities.
MCFAs are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, etc. They are a quick source of nutrition for your cells. In fact, your heart prefers coconut oil's MCFAs as a source of energy and readily uses it as fuel.
That is why it's important to be choosy with your massage oil. Never apply anything on your skin that you're not willing to eat. You practically eat what you put on your skin.
MCTs are smaller than LCTs, which is why MCT-rich coconut oil is absorbed quickly into your skin.
To provide enough lubrication so that the hands glide easily over the skin, some massage therapists combine coconut oil with olive oil at a ration of one part olive oil and two parts coconut oil.
Another reason why massage therapists love coconut oil is because it doesn't stain and ruin sheets. Even if you accidentally use too much and soak it into the sheet, it will not leave a stain in the way other oils do.