These days, people place a high value on convenience, and massage therapists are no exception. We all want the most “bang for our buck,” whether we’re purchasing linens for the massage table, candles for a practice space or a massage lubricant for daily use.

It’s possible, for example, to buy linens that not only feel soft and luxurious, but also are made entirely of organic textiles. In this case, the bodyworker gains two benefits by purchasing these sheets.

As for candles, one may find a few that smell wonderful, contain all-natural essential oils, are made from beeswax and burn well for a long time. Such candles would offer plenty “bang for the buck.”

It’s clear, however, that finding items that offer myriad benefits and maximum convenience may take a bit of forethought and investigation. In terms of massage lubricants, this may be especially important. After all, the lubricant you choose to use in your daily bodywork practice is absorbed into your own skin and the skin of your clients.

One reason massage cream is perhaps one of the most popular types of lubricants is because it tends to blend the benefits of several other types of lubricants into one product.

With a massage cream, touch therapists are able to not only do light, gliding work, but deeper and more penetrative techniques as well. One of the main traits of massage cream that sets this lubricant apart from the others—including gels, lotions and oils—is the smooth glide massage cream can provide while continuing to provide the right amount of resistance.

The glide and resistance of a massage cream typically allow massage therapists the option of gliding over a particular muscle or penetrating deeper into that area. In other words, massage cream lets the bodyworker move over the muscles with ease and focus on any areas that may require deeper work.

The dual-purpose nature of massage cream often is viewed as the central benefit of this particular bodywork lubricant. In terms of other perks, these are usually specific to the massage cream one purchases and are based on personal preferences.

For instance, there are massage creams that pack the power of scent, by adding natural essential oils to their list of ingredients. These types of massage creams can confer the benefits of aromatherapy upon clients, as well as the practitioner.

At the other end of the spectrum, there also are massage creams that contain no scent, and these products are perfect for the massage therapist or client who is sensitive to scent.

It’s also possible to purchase a massage cream that contains only organic ingredients, grown and manufactured according to organic guidelines. This may be important to those massage therapists who wish to support the environment in their daily practice and avoid exposure to any synthetic ingredients.

These are a few examples of the various benefits that can come with your massage cream. You should be able to find one that perfectly suits your own personal preferences and, therefore, offers the most “bang for your buck.”

—Brandi Schlossberg