From massage oils that contain essential oils for the benefits of aromatherapy to those with pain-relieving ingredients that can help clients with acute aches and strains, there is a wide range of products available to meet the needs of your clients. However, while each client has specific needs and should be uniquely evaluated, it may be wise to keep a staple lubricant on hand that you feel confident applying with little concern about possible adverse reactions or negative responses.
Consider these factors while you search for a neutral product that meets the needs of both you and your clients.
Scent is something many people may be sensitive to or irritated by to varying degrees. For some clients, a massage cream with a fragrance—whether natural or synthetic—may cause a mild headache, skin rash or other unwanted response. Therefore, as you seek out your staple massage cream, consider narrowing the options by looking only at those lubricants that are unscented.
Nuts and other allergies
As far as allergies go, allergic reactions to nuts seem to be somewhat common, and those reactions can be severe. Though the adverse reaction typically pertains to what happens when people consume or ingest foods that contain nuts or traces of nuts, applying a cream that contains nut-based ingredients could be considered a contraindication for those who have any kind of nut allergies. Always be wary of any ingredients that could affect nut and other common allergies.
Mineral oils, drying alcohols and parabens
Not only do ingredients that fall into these three categories have the potential to cause irritation, but they also tend to get a bad rap in the news. So while some clients may have a bad reaction, others may simply refuse a product due to the alleged health issues a news anchor or magazine article said it could possibly cause.
As you check labels to rule out such ingredients, keep an eye out for elements that are connected to benefits for clients, such as soothing and moisturizing the skin. These ingredients may include apricot oil, grapeseed oil and sesame oil.
Even if you think you’ve found the most neutral, reaction-free massage cream on the market, it is still important to conduct a thorough intake with new clients. Make sure you ask questions about allergies and sensitivities, as well as personal preferences—this can be a great way to gain confidence around the products you use with that client in the session room.
You may also want to consider creating a menu of options for massage lubricants or services based on the various products involved, so those clients who might prefer an aromatherapy massage cream or pain relieving lubricant have the opportunity to let you know.