With so many different massage creams on the market, it may feel almost limiting to choose one staple massage cream for your practice as a professional massage therapist or bodyworker. However, some practitioners may feel that having only one go-to massage cream can make life easier, both in terms of ordering the product and knowing, through repeat experience, exactly how it will work when a client is on the table.
Certainly, there can be merits to having only one massage cream, as long as that massage cream is doing a wonderful job for both you and your clients. Of course, how a person defines a fantastic massage cream will often differ from practitioner to practitioner and from client to client. However, few common aspects of a great go-to massage cream might include providing the perfect ratio of friction to glide for the techniques the practitioner applies and also not containing any ingredients or fragrances that might irritate a client.
If your staple massage cream meets these two big requirements—providing the right quality of lubrication for your hands-on techniques and never irritating your clients—then you may be perfectly content in keeping this massage cream stocked in the cabinets of your session room for many years to come. Still, it may pay to at least explore what other massage creams are on the market, simply to see if there may be a product out there that could do an even better job for you and your clients.
This might mean finding a massage cream that goes beyond simply not irritating your clients. For example, you could find a massage cream that does just as good or better job at lubricating the skin for the application of your techniques and provides an element of soothing aromatherapy, through the use of essential oils in the massage cream’s ingredients. Another example might involve a massage cream that brings other benefits to the table, such as lush hydration during the winter months or in dry climates, or perhaps pain-relieving ingredients for clients who are experiencing acute aches.
If you do decide to possibly look for other massage creams that might benefit or appeal to your clients in different ways, then you will probably also want to keep your staple massage cream on hand, as well. This way, if you have a client who does not want a scented massage cream or is sensitive to aromas, you can skip the massage cream that contains essential oils. Also, not all your clients may come through the door with severe pain, so they may not want or need you to apply a massage cream with pain-relieving elements.
These are just a couple examples of why it can be wise to have a nice array of quality massage creams on hand. As an added bonus, many touch therapists may find inspiration in the use of new and different massage creams, helping them to think outside the box when it comes to creating signature sessions, such as an aromatherapy massage or bodywork for the relief of specific aches and pains.