When a client comes to you for a massage therapy or bodywork appointment, she is most likely hoping for one or more of several desired outcomes. Among the most common reasons people book sessions with massage therapists and bodyworkers is for the purpose of relaxing, along with relieving aches and pains, reducing stress, promoting restful sleep, improving general well-being and other such benefits.

As a massage therapist or bodyworker, a big part of your job may be making sure these expectations are met to the best of your ability. That means possessing the right hands on skills, as well creating the optimal setting in which to employ your modality.

If you are a successful massage therapist or bodyworker who is booking a fairly full schedule of appointments, then there is a good chance your actual techniques are quite good. However, only you can know if you need to step up your skill level in order to best serve your clients.

As for the setting in which you administer your healing, hands-on work, this can be adjusted and enhanced in many different ways. For starters, you will want to make sure you have a comfortable and functional massage table. In addition, your massage linens should be clean and soft, offering the perfect level of warmth for the season and for the temperature in your session room.

Lighting is another aspect of creating the right setting for optimal results. Be sure you can dim and raise the lights as needed in your practice space. If you choose to light candles in the room, place them with care to offer lighting that is cozy and safe. If your candles are scented, or if you use aromas in any other way throughout the session, ensure these scents are of the highest quality and will not adversely affect your more sensitive clients.

One of the most important ways in which you can construct a healing atmosphere in your session room is by taking the time to select a great array of massage creams that you can keep on hand. With several top massage creams to choose from at any time, you will be able to treat your clients to a customized experience, which should help you reach the desired outcome of the appointment, whether that is relaxation, pain relief, stress reduction, the promotion of sleep or all of the above.

For example, imagine your next client presents with acute aches and pain, perhaps due to a week spent moving or a weekend skiing or a new, challenging yoga class. Of course, your hands-on skills are what drew the client to you in the first place. It is up to you as the professional massage therapist or bodyworker to make sure his experience in your session room is a wonderful one.

If you have a selection of massage creams ready and waiting, you can easily reach for one that contains Arnica montana or menthol in order to speed the relief to his tight muscles, making sure he leaves your practice more than satisfied with the results.

–Brandi Schlossberg