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There are so many things to love about the various oils that can be applied to your clients' skin during a massage therapy or bodywork session. However, for a great number of practitioners, the slick texture of massage oil can pose a problem when it comes to performing the more focused, deeper work, which tends to call for greater friction, rather than glide.
Fortunately, this is where massage cream comes into play. Massage cream can offer that perfect middle ground of slick and stick, so you can control the lubrication depending on such factors as the specific technique you are about to use, the preference of the client and so on. In addition, many massage creams contain one or more oils, so you can still get some of the benefits of using oils in the session room.
As massage therapists and bodyworkers gain experience—in school, in practice and on the table—each one gathers information and knowledge about personal preference when it comes to lubricants for touch therapy. In this manner, as well as on your own time, as you explore options for personal beauty and wellness, you may have come across certain oils that appeal to you most.
To derive at least part of the benefits those oils may bring, look for the specific oil on the ingredient list of your next massage cream. That way, you will be able to take advantage of the versatile mixture of friction and glide that massage cream offers, and you will still be able toenjoy knowing that your favorite type of oil is right there in the massage cream.
For example, if you happen to live and work in a particularly dry climate, you may have come to rely on coconut oil for many moisturizing uses, such as skin, hair, nails, cuticles, cracked heels and more. As a fan of coconut oil, you might decide you would like to offer these benefits to your clients.
However, if you have ever tried to use straight coconut oil during a massage therapy or bodywork session, then you know firsthand that this oil, like most, provides a ton of glide and barely and friction. Instead of giving up on using coconut oil in your practice, start searching for a massage cream that shows coconut oil on its list of ingredients.
This same example applies to nearly any other type of oil that you know and love, from sweet almond and avocado to jojoba and grapeseed, with a quite a few in between. By studying the ingredients a massage cream contains, you should be able to find one with your own preferred oil, or even a combination of oils.
Remember, one of the factors that makes massage cream so popular is the fact it can be used for such an array of techniques, including gliding strokes and deep-tissue work. When you find the right massage cream, you most likely will not miss the slick feel of your favorite oil, because you can achieve the same effect, as needed, simply by using a bit more massage cream.