Professionals in the field of massage therapy and bodywork often have an innate drive to help and heal others, thus the choice of a career where the focus is relaxation, stress relief, healing and helping. For each client who strolls into the session room of a massage therapist or bodyworker, the odds are the professional touch therapist hopes and strives to help that client and make him or her feel better before leaving the session space.

One of the main ways in which massage therapists and bodyworkers can truly treat their clients to exceptional sessions is by taking the time to tailor each of these appointments to the specific needs of the individual client. Of course, a great number of massage therapists and bodyworkers have several favorite routines and rituals for the session room, which can be pulled out or combined as called for by a particular client’s circumstances.

For starters, however, it is crucial to know what the needs of each client are, as well as any aversions, allergies or other such details that could affect the outcome of a massage or bodywork session. Massage therapists and bodyworkers might be wise to book appointments, especially initial appointments, with a little extra time for these intake and background questions.

Equipped with knowledge of the client’s main reasons for booking the appointments, goals for the massage or bodywork session and other such details, the massage therapist or bodyworkers should then be able to proceed with a more customized appointment.

One wonderful way to tailor a client’s session is by having an assortment of high-quality massage creams on hand in order to even better meet the needs of the people who come in for massage therapy and bodywork.

For example, a client may report she is experiencing acute pain in her hamstrings from three days spent moving to a new home, with lots of bending over and standing up with heavy boxes. In this case, a professional touch therapist might ask the client if she would like a massage cream that contains a pain-relieving agent to be applied during or at the end of the massage therapy or bodywork session.

The touch therapist might explain what the pain-relieving ingredient is and what the effects will be if applied to the tender and aching hamstrings. A massage cream that can help ease muscle pain typically contains either Arnica montana or menthol. Arnica montana is a natural pain-relieving ingredient derived from a plant, whereas menthol may be either natural or synthetic, depending on the source.

If the client responds that she would like to have this massage cream applied at the end of the session, she may leave the massage therapist’s office feeling as if she has been catered to in a caring and helpful way.

Another instance in which an array of top-notch massage creams might come in handy would be for the client who reports a sensitivity to fragrances or synthetic ingredients of any kind. In such cases, the professional massage therapist or bodyworker should be at the ready with an all-natural and fragrance-free massage cream.

Brandi Schlossberg

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