One trait often associated with good health and well-being is harmony. The notion of harmony implies several different aspects are in agreement. When it comes to our personal lives, harmony may mean our activities, possessions and actions are in agreement with our values, beliefs and goals.

As a massage therapist or bodyworker, it’s important to be a healthy person, as you work to promote good health in your clients. Making sure your daily practice is in harmony with your own beliefs, values and goals is one way to boost your own well-being as a touch practitioner.

This may seem somewhat abstract, but the details are fairly concrete. For instance, if you believe in promoting the organic movement and dream of a world where what we eat, wear and buy was created without the use of harmful chemicals, then it will be important for you to go organic in your daily practice. Therefore, what you do each day is in harmony with what you value. Put simply, you will be “walking the walk” instead of just “talking the talk.”

Fortunately, most of the tools you use as a massage therapist or bodyworker can be purchased from a company that places a priority on organic ingredients. One such product is massage cream, and it may be one of the most important aspects of your practice to be organic, for it touches your skin and the skin of your clients constantly.

Finding a massage cream that contains organic ingredients and was manufactured in a way that does not involve the use of harmful synthetic chemicals should be simple. Producers of such products typically proudly label them as such. Look for these labels, and also be sure to scan the list of ingredients. To take this process one step further, you could investigate the massage cream and its maker on the Internet to see how far the company goes in its commitment to organic living.

Another value important to massage therapists and bodyworkers is physical health. Professionals in the realm of healthy touch work hard to improve and promote the health of their clients, so using any tools in the session room that might hinder the health of these clients—or the practitioner—obviously would not be in harmony with what the touch therapy industry is all about.

Again, massage cream comes into play, as it’s slathered onto the skin of clients and the hands and forearms of the practitioner day in and day out. If the cream has the potential to negatively affect the client or bodyworker, then it has no place in the practice of massage.

For some bodyworkers, staying in harmony with the value of good health might mean avoiding massage creams that contain parabens. Although the Food and Drug Administration maintains there is no reason to be concerned about the use of parabens in cosmetic products, these chemical preservatives have been linked to health issues, such as breast cancer and estrogenic activity.

These are but a few examples of how you may better bring your daily practices into harmony with your own beliefs about the world. As your own personal harmony increases, so, too, should the health and harmony of your clients and practice.

—Brandi Schlossberg

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