For every massage therapist or bodyworker who has a favorite massage cream, there is likely a list of traits that massage cream possesses, which makes it a favorite. However, which traits matter most in a massage cream seem to vary from practitioner to practitioner. Usually, it will be a combination of characteristics that make a massage cream so appealing.
Even though the specific reasons a massage therapist or bodyworker may like a particular massage cream tend to vary, there are certainly a few common themes. The most important trait a majority of practitioners look for when it comes to a massage cream is its ability to enhance the application of touch therapy. From this basic bottom line, the differences then begin.
For example, a massage therapist who primarily practices deep-tissue work will likely look for a massage cream that can really provide the friction or stick he needs to focus in on areas of tension in each client. The bodyworker who usually performs lighter, gliding strokes would be at the other end of the spectrum—searching for a massage cream with a nice amount of slick or glide.
As you can see, in the example above, both touch therapists place importance on the way a massage cream affects the application of their techniques. However, given that techniques vary from practitioner to practitioner, what makes an ideal massage cream, in this sense, will vary as well. Despite any differences, finding a massage cream that serves to enhance the modality you practice on a regular basis remains one of the top concerns among massage therapists and bodyworkers when shopping for massage cream.
While the texture of the massage cream is obviously important, other aspects of massage cream can be pretty close seconds. For instance, the scent of a massage cream can have a huge impact on whether or not it appeals to the professional touch therapist and his clients. Many practitioners seem to select massage creams that do not have any scent or fragrance at all, in order to avoid irritating any clients who may not like the smell or who may be sensitive or allergic to certain fragrances.
Other practitioners may want to have a massage cream on hand that contains high-quality essential oils, such as lavender or rosemary. Massage creams that contain essential oils can give massage therapists and bodyworkers the option of creating an aromatherapy session for their clients, which could even be added to the practice menu at a higher price.
The ingredients a massage cream contains, as well as the packaging of the massage cream and the practices of the company that manufactures the massage cream, can all come into play as well, in terms of the reasons massage therapists and bodyworkers select certain lubricants. For quite a few practitioners, a massage cream that has been created in an eco-friendly manner may be a requirement for purchase.