Even though many massage therapists and bodyworkers may practice the similar or even the same modalities, each and every practitioner of healthy touch has his or her own unique hands-on style. This is part of what makes the massage and bodywork industry so amazing, as clients and practitioners connect to form a healing relationship.

Given that there are so many different variations of touch therapy, it only makes sense that individual massage therapists and bodyworkers would need an array of different massage lubricants to choose from, so that each practitioner can best enhance his or her hands-on style with the perfect lubricant.

Variety and choice both are wonderful things, but they come with a catch—it can be difficult to make a decision when it comes to picking the best massage lubricant for your hands-on style. You may be left wondering whether there is a better product out there for you and your clients.

There is a reason massage cream is one of the most popular choices when it comes to massage lubricants, for it often blends the best characteristics of all other lubricants into one product. By narrowing your product search down to the category of massage cream, you can feel better about getting the positive traits of a lot of different lubricants all in one bottle, with very few drawbacks.

A high-quality massage cream should offer just the right combination of friction and glide. In other words, with the right massage cream, you should be able to deeper work in specific areas and also do lighter, gliding work over larger portions of the body. With massage cream, it is possible to “turn the volume” up or down on your bodywork, by adding less or more of this versatile lubricant.

Of course, even within the category of massage cream, there is a lot of variation, so you will want to try out a healthy handful of different massage creams to find the one that offers the best blend of stick and slick for the kind of massage or bodywork you perform in your practice.

Besides the texture of your massage cream, you may also be on the lookout for other attributes that are important to you and your clients. For example, if you do a lot of injury-specific bodywork or practice on sports enthusiasts and athletes, you may be looking for a massage cream that contains some type of pain-relieving ingredient, such as Arnica montana or menthol. This can help enhance the relief you bring clients in the session room.

For quite a few massage therapists and bodyworkers, it may be key to find a massage cream in harmony with personal values. Frequently, this means a massage cream that contains ingredients that were grown, harvested and processed using environmentally friendly methods.

A massage cream that contains all organic ingredients typically falls into this category as well, and these creams can bring other big benefits, for what is good for the planet often is good for our own health, as well as the health of our clients.

With so many different massage creams on the market, there is a good chance you can find one to suit your personal style.

–Brandi Schlossberg