Next time you find yourself running low on massage cream, take the opportunity to consider trying new and different massage creams that may enhance your practice as a professional massage therapist or bodyworker. Many practitioners make the mistake of sticking with only one type of massage cream for years, when they may be missing out on what the various massage creams on the market have to offer.

Not to worry, even as you begin to explore different kinds of massage creams, you will not have to give up what you love most about your current massage cream or other type of lubricant. You should be able to find and try massage creams that offer these same ingredients and benefits, plus additional elements that could serve to enhance your daily hands-on work.

For example, if you adore the benefits of grapeseed oil for your clients’ skin, as well as your own, but you find yourself needing a less slippery lubricant, you may not have to give up the grapeseed oil altogether. In fact, there are quite a few massage creams on the market that contain this ingredient, but also provide the friction that most massage therapists and bodyworkers need, from time to time at least.

At the other end of the spectrum, if you happen to adore your massage lotion due to the great “stick” it gives you for deeper work, you might occasionally find yourself looking for a little more glide. In this case, you might consider testing a few massage creams to see if you can find one that offers the same level of friction, but also allows for glide.

This kind of versatility is what tends to make massage creams among the most popular massage lubricants. A large number of massage therapists and bodyworkers may find all the elements they love about their current massage lubricant—and then some—when they find the right massage cream.

However, it is important not to get too hung up on the “one size fits all” approach to stocking your session room with massage cream. It is true that having one massage cream that can meet nearly all your needs is quite convenient, but there may be times when you need a different kind of massage cream in order to not just meet your clients’ needs, but to exceed their expectations.

This is why it can be wise to invest the time in finding a small selection of high-quality massage creams for your practice. Besides your go-to workhorse massage cream, think about picking up other massage creams that offer ingredients and benefits for some of the most common client conditions and issues that you address.

For example, there is a good chance that mental stress or tension may be a common complaint among clients who book appointments with massage therapists and bodyworkers. Therefore, it may be a good idea to offer your clients a massage cream that contains stress-taming ingredients, such as lavender or chamomile essential oil. This same massage cream could also be used on those clients who present with insomnia or other stress-related issues.

–Brandi Schlossberg