When it comes to picking out a massage cream for your practice, you should not have to compromise. With the number of massage creams on the market today, it may be possible to find the one that is a perfect fit for you and your clients—or at least comes very close. However, the catch is you may have to do a bit of searching around in order to find this ideal massage cream. Also, as you and your practice change and evolve through the years, you will probably find your definition of ideal massage cream changing as well.

The key to getting the best possible massage cream for you and your clients is to make an honest assessment of your work as a professional massage therapist or bodyworker, including the main goals you have for each session, the overall feel you would like your practice to have and any personal values that should be expressed through your work.

Perhaps the best place to start on your search for the most suitable massage cream is inside your session room. As you begin to think about what attributes would make the ideal massage cream, you can start tuning into what you do and do not like about your current massage cream. This means paying attention to the way the massage cream either helps or hinders each technique you apply to your clients.

For example, a massage therapist who does a lot of deep-tissue work may love the fact that her current massage cream offers a nice amount of friction or stick. However, this same massage therapist may find herself unhappy with other aspects of the massage cream, such as the lack of glide when glide becomes necessary, or the smell of the massage cream, or the fact that it contains some unwanted elements, such as parabens or other artificial ingredients.

With awareness and the goal of finding the best possible massage cream, this massage therapist could take note of both the pros and cons of her current massage cream, then set out to find a massage cream with all the pros and none of the cons. In addition, she may also wish to search for a massage cream that has even more benefits to offer.

This is why, instead of just noting what you do and do not like about your current massage cream, it is also a good idea to start thinking outside the box and considering what your ideal massage cream would bring to the table. Besides the perfect ratio of friction and glide, all natural ingredients and no scent, you also want a massage cream that offers extra hydration or comes from a company that uses eco-friendly practices.

Once you have built the list of traits you are looking for in a massage cream—as well as a list of what you absolutely do not want in a massage cream—you are ready to begin your search for the ideal massage cream. Using your list to narrow down the options should make your quest for the best massage cream quite a bit easier and more effective.