How to Warm Massage Oil in 4 Different Ways

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A regular massage can soothe and relax you. But if you want to address your muscle pain and tension, using hot massage oils is the best way to go!

The massage strokes combined with the heat coming from the oil can do great wonders not just for your body but the way you feel as well.

But one of the issues that you would come across when using hot oils is how to warm massage oil the safe way. Well, we are here to help you out! Below you can find four effective and safe ways to warm massage oil.

4 Different Techniques on How to Warm Massage Oil

When looking for a technique on warming your massage oil, you should choose one that will ensure that the oil will be warm enough to melt the muscle pain away but not too warm that it can scald your skin.

The techniques we have below are already tried and tested. The good news, these are effortless to perform that you can easily incorporate it into your daily routine.

Technique #1: Using a Massage Oil Warmer

If you are a massage enthusiast, you are most likely to have this at your home. If you have this at your home, you are lucky as using this is the most efficient way to warm a massage oil.

What You Will Need:

–          Massage oil

–          Massage Oil Warmer

Step 1. Transfer the oil to the container of the oil warmer.

Step 2. Plug the warmer into a wall socket.

Pro Tip: There is no need for you to monitor the oil’s temperature in this method since the warmer will automatically regulate the temperature of the oil.

Step 3. Unplug the oil warmer after a few hours or once the oil is warm enough.

Pro Tip: You can also try letting the oil warm overnight so it will be ready for your massage session in the morning.

Step 4. Use the hot oil in your massage session.

Pro Tip: Make sure to test the oil’s warmth before proceeding with the massage.

To know more about how to use a massage oil warmer, watch this video:

Technique #2: Using Candles

If you find massage oil warmers to be a bit expensive, you can invest in a massage oil warmer bowl instead and use tea lights to warm the oil. But please keep in mind that since this technique will use open flame, the process needs to be supervised.

What You Will Need:

–          Massage oil warmer bowl

–          Massage oil

–          Tea Lights

Step 1. Light the candles and place them in the container underneath the bowl.

Step 2. Place the warmer bowl on top of the candles.

Step 3. Pour the massage oil into the warmer bowl.

Step 4. Monitor the process and make sure to check the temperature of the oil from time to time.

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Technique #3: Using the Double-Boiler Strategy

If you do not have a massage oil warmer or a massage oil warmer bowl at home, the next best option that you have is to employ the double-boiler method. This is one of the most effective and efficient ways to warm your oil to the right temperature.

What You Will Need:

–          Massage Oil

–          Two glass or ceramic bowls (one should be larger than the other)

–          Hot Water

Step 1. Put the smaller bowl inside the larger bowl.

Step 2. Pour hot water in the larger bowl. It should be enough to let the bottom of the smaller bowl touch the larger bowl’s bottom. However, the water should not overflow.

Step 3. Pour the oil into the smaller bowl.

Step 4. Using your fingers, gently swirl the oil.

Step 5. Let it warm up for one to two minutes. The temperature will be just right at that point.

To further understand this strategy, please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3qLA54FSrI. But instead of using pans, go for ceramic bowls as they are more suitable for heating small amounts of liquids.

Technique #4: Using a Mug of Hot Water

This is probably the easiest and safest method of all. However, you need to keep in mind that this method may cause the oil to be too hot so you need to make sure to remove the massage oil bottle from the mug at the right time.

What You Will Need:

–          Massage oil

–          Ceramic Mug

–          Hot Water

Step 1. Fill your mug with hot water.

Step 2. Submerge the bottle in the hot water.

Pro Tip: If the amount of oil you plan to use is less than the amount of oil inside the bottle, you can transfer the amount of oil you need in another glass bottle. Submerge the glass bottle in the hot water.

Step 3. Let the massage oil warm up for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 4. Remove the bottle from the hot water.

Pro Tip: Try to exercise extra precaution when doing this because there will be times that the water inside the mug is still hot to touch.

See Also: How to Make Massage Oils (Plus the Recipes You Need to Try!)

A Safety Tip When Using Warm Massage Oil

Now that you have your warm massage oil with you, the next thing we have to figure out is how you can use the massage oil safely.

The key to doing that is to perform a skin test. You can do this by applying a dime-sized amount of the warm massage oil inside your forearm or at the back portion of your hand. If you feel that the oil is too hot, let it cool down first. If it is not warm at all, you should re-heat it.

If the temperature is just right, let the oil stay on your skin for a few minutes (10 minutes). If your skin feels a bit itchy or starts to show signs of skin irritation like redness or inflammation, wipe off the oil from your skin right away. You should also look for other massage oils because these signs indicate that you are allergic to the contents of the massage oil.

In Summary

A massage using a hot oil is one of the most relaxing and healing therapies you can ever experience. But you need to make sure that the oil you will use is at the right temperature because if it is not, it can do more harm than good to your skin and muscles.

We hope that you are able to learn a thing or two from this tutorial on how to warm massage oil. If you have more tips that that you would like to share with us, drop them in the comments section.