In the Christian Tradition, the women who first received the revelation of Jesus Christ resurrection were the "myrrhophores": their task was to oil and purify Jesus body, according to an old tradition which recognized sacred power to olive oil and the derived ointments.
The earliest written evidence for using oil for curative and ceremonial purposes can be found in the hieroglyphs of the ancient Egyptians. During the mummification process an extreme importance was given to fragrant resins and aromatic oils spread all over the bodies of the dead. Olive oil made precious by adding inebriating essences were poured on the wigs and false beards worn by the pharaohs, the court dignitaries and the priests.
Oil has been used to clean the wounds and to preserve the food in clay containers. Its hermetic properties are the reason why olive oil had been used during purification rituals and, from the middle ages onwards, as a means to fight the devil and the demoniac possessions. The olive oil was seen as a sacred element empowered with the divine property of protection, liberation from evil and redention.
Everywhere in the world, for each civilization and each religion, oil has always been used in healing rituals, monarchs coronations, initiation and magical rites, ceremonies where it was necessary to ask for purification, elevation of the spirit, the transition from an earthly dimension to the one at a higher level.
The Massage envisages the utilisation of oil not only to perform smoother manipulations, but as energy and precious properties carrier (soothing, nourishing and elasticising).
Together with an essential oil, the Massage turns into an olfactory experience, as well as tactile, greatly enriched by the many benefits generated by plants or fruits from which the essential oil has been extracted.
The powerful evocative magic of an essential oil is an extraordinary means of reconnection with ourselves.
Together with the properties of the Massage, to work not only to release body tension and stiffness, but to free repressed emotions as well, the essential oils enhance and boost a very involving sensory experience.
The essential oils can be used to enrich any kind of Massage techinque. In any case, the manipulations are slowly and deeply performed, to facilitate the cutaneous absorption of the oil.
Since the essential oils enter the skin through a chemical process called "diffusion", that's to say directly penetrating cell membranes, it is necessary to test the absence of any allergy to specific components of the oil before using it.
It is therefore strongly advised to make a test on a patch of skin and wait 15 minutes at least, to detect any eventual allergic reaction before receiving the treatment. If there are no signs of swelling, redness and itching, it is possible to proceed in total safety with the massage.
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