When you reach for your massage cream, you should feel confident that the product is going to serve its purpose for you and your client. As a professional touch therapist, having a high-quality cream is a staple ingredient for a successful session, so it pays to take your time and choose the right one. Then, stay aware, so you will know if it has or has not pleased you or your clients.
One thing you never want to be worried about when it comes to using a cream during a massage session is whether the lubricant will irritate your client in any way. For example, not knowing whether a client might have an allergic reaction, be it mild or severe, is not the type of blind spot a professional massage therapist or bodyworker should be facing. For this reason, one of the first steps in finding a great massage cream is to find a product that does not contain potentially irritating ingredients.
Often, this means beginning the search by looking only at those products that do not contain any type of scent or aroma. Fragrances can be bothersome to some people, and a scent that one person finds pleasing could cause a different person to have a headache or a more serious reaction. So, narrow down your options by limiting your search to those products that are free of fragrances.
Next, you want to think about any other ingredients that might have the potential for causing an unwanted response or reaction from clients. For example, you may find that synthetic ingredients and preservatives might have a higher chance of bothering the people who come to you for massage therapy and bodywork. Whether they respond unfavorably in a physical or emotional sense, this is best to be avoided if you feel it may be a risk. Therefore, turning to creams that contain all natural and possibly even all organic ingredients may be a wise move.
Considering the myriad ways any product could affect a client negatively and then removing as many of the risk factors as possible, is a great way to narrow down your options before purchasing. However, there are other considerations at play here, too. Equally important is how well the massage cream allows you to apply your chosen techniques and modalities. After all, securing a cream that agrees with all your clients is of little use if that lubricant hinders your ability to provide a massage.
Of course, do not be too quick to limit yourself to just one staple product, either. It can be fun and even beneficial for your practice to have a nice variety of massage creams on hand. This way, you may be able to better care for the client who would love to experience a session using a scented cream, for example, while still stocking your neutral options for more sensitive clients.