*According to WebMD* and other sources, safflower oil has many purported physiological benefits including:
- Prevent heart disease, atherosclerosis, hardening or arteries & stroke
- Breathing problems
- Expectorant to loosen phlegm
- Clotting conditions
- Traumatic injuries
- Induce sweating
Safflower oil is usually light in consistency and available at most grocery stores a food and orally consumable cooking oil. There is some debate with the use of safflower oil, so practitioners should do their research prior to choosing and using any product.
While providing a massage medium such as oil can deliver many health benefits for your massage client, it could also feel uncomfortable or greasy, especially if the client is not showering or bathing after their massage therapy service. Practitioners may want to wipe any excess oil with a dry or wet towel from the client's skin prior to the client's massage table dismount or getting dressed, to prevent the client from staining their clothes.
Always remove all massage mediums including oil, creams, lotions or gels from a client's feet prior to allowing the client to stand. This can help ensure that the client will not slip in their shoes or on the floor when their feet are less slippery. Using a nice hot towel is a wonderful method to remove a massage medium, plus deliver the thermal therapy benefits from the heat itself to a client's feet.
Whenever possible, it is best to keep oils in “tinted” amber or cobalt glass bottles. This also helps preserve an oil's shelf life when it is protected from light.
When using oils, they should always be stored in a cool dry dark place at room temperature – anywhere between 50-74 degrees fahrenheit to help prolong their shelf life and slow the process of an oil becoming rancid.
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