Coconut oil is being hailed as a multi-purpose product that’s fantastic for the skin, hair, teeth and more. While cooks use it in a variety of recipes, many health and fitness professionals promote it as having beneficial properties that range from reducing cholesterol, promoting weight loss and alleviating inflammation to improving brain function, and killing bacteria.
Massage therapists are using it, too, in their practice.
Coconut oil is wonderfully popular, and has been gaining a reputation as the new cure-all over the past few years. But how are massage therapists using coconut oil for massage therapy? By using fractionated coconut oil. This type of coconut oil is effective for massage therapy due to the fact that it is readily absorbed and tolerated by most body types.
What is fractionated coconut oil?
Fractionated coconut oil is an oil made from regular coconut oil. Both regular and fractionated coconut oils are great sources of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), providing fatty acids that contain between 6 and 12 carbon atoms. Fractionated coconut oil is tasteless, odorless and usually more expensive than regular coconut oil.
Coconut oil is non-staining to massage table linens and has little to no aroma, which is a bonus for clients who may have a sensitive sense of smell. It is also possible that some clients may be allergic, so it is advised that you do a patch test before using it.
Does the oil go rancid? How long does it last? It is well document that MTs who have been using coconut oil for a long time say that they haven’t had any issues with coconut oil going rancid. Coconut oil, like most other oils, can go bad if not properly stored. Like any other oil you would use, keep it free of contaminants, away from sunlight, and avoid extreme temperatures for best results.
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