While the body’s skin can be dry massaged, the absence of oil makes the whole process and technique, for both the therapist and customer less comfortable. Therefore, the spa world incorporates oils which are compatible for massage. This ensures smooth movement of technique and avoids unpleasant friction between a therapist’s hands and skin.
There are many different types of massage, chosen for a variety of reasons and conditions. In parallel, the oils applied depend on the treatment. Each oil should have certain properties suitable for that particular massage which in turn enhances the overall benefits and effect.
Essential oils are used to balance the mind, body, spirit and emotion. The word ‘essential’ refers to the ‘essence’ of a plant’s fragrance. Carrier oils, also known as base oils, dilute essential oils and ‘carry’ them onto the skin.
Some of the most common essential oils used in the spa industry include lavender, rosemary and peppermint. However, at La Spa where we incorporate as many eastern influences as possible, the four essential oils used are locally inspired, steeped in Vietnamese and southeast Asian tradition and generate an authentic experience. They are fokienia, citriodora, holy basil and cajeput. Our two carrier oils are one common and one local. Olive oil is the most generic carrier which we balance with tamanu oil, a traditional Vietnamese favorite.
At La Spa you get to choose which essential and carrier oils you prefer for your massage.