When it comes to your massage or bodywork practice, there seem to be so many reasons to consider “going green” and using as many natural products and ingredients as possible. Not only is the trend toward eco-friendly practices good for our planet, but it may also provide a boost for your business.

There is no denying “green” goods and services are hot right now, and this craze for natural products and light “footprints” on the planet shows no signs of slowing down. It seems to be a win-win situation, when the most popular products and business plans are focused on helping preserve our planet and its precious resources.

You may be wondering exactly what this could mean to you as a massage therapist or bodyworker. The field of healthy touch seems to go hand in hand with the eco-friendly movement, as massage therapy and bodywork both promote healing in a noninvasive manner, just as “going green” aims to limit our “footprint” on Earth.

There are, of course, quite a few ways in which you can make your own massage therapy or bodywork practice even more planet-friendly, and these simple changes could equate to more clients, as more people seek out products and services that boast eco-friendly elements.

Within the massage or bodywork session room, going green may mean anything from renting space in a sustainable building and purchasing a massage table made from renewable or recycled materials to buying organic cotton sheets and making sure your laundering procedures are eco-friendly.

One of the most important aspects of providing an eco-friendly massage or bodywork session may be the use of an organic, natural massage cream. This may, at first, sound like a minor detail, but the massage cream you use comes in direct contact with your clients’ skin, as well as your own. Therefore, it may be a good idea to make sure this massage cream contains only natural ingredients, not only for the health of the planet, but also for the health of your clients.

As you begin your search for a massage cream that satisfies your needs, in terms of being both planet- and client-friendly, you will want to get used to the idea of reading labels and perhaps even calling manufacturers of massage cream. By looking at the label, you should be able to tell if there are synthetic ingredients or fragrances included in the massage cream. By going the extra mile and calling the manufacturer of the massage cream, you should be able to find out if the ingredients in the lubricant are grown and processed in eco-friendly ways.

This may sound like a lot of work to go through to find a massage cream; however, much peace of mind can come with knowing the lubricant you are placing on your clients’ skin is truly all natural and manufactured in a sustainable manner. In fact, once you find the cream that is in harmony with your practice and the planet, you may want to advertise this fact to your clients.

–Brandi Schlossberg