Intake Forms Point to Proper Massage Cream, MASSAGE MagazineSelecting a massage cream for your practice as a professional massage therapist or bodyworker can depend on quite a few factors. One key aspect that many of the most successful massage therapists and bodyworkers consider is their clients’ needs and preferences.

As far as professions go, the field of massage therapy and bodywork is one of the professions based most heavily on customer service. The relationship between the massage therapist or bodyworker and his or her clients is central to the success of the massage or bodywork practice.

Most clients make appointments with hands-on practitioners when they are looking for nurturing, relaxation, healing, relief from pain and other such services. Part of providing these benefits is creating a caring and considerate environment in which to apply massage or bodywork techniques.

When a professional massage therapist or bodyworker takes the time to get to know the needs and preferences of his or her clients, it send the message that the massage therapist or bodyworker cares about providing the best possible experience for every client in the session room. One angle to take as you attempt to get to know the needs and preferences of your clients is to figure out what type of massage cream would best suite each client. For starters, make sure your intake form for new clients includes questions about any allergies or skin sensitivities.

You may also wish to include questions about whether or not a new client would prefer massage cream that contains a scent or one that is fragrance-free. To take the investigation of your client’s needs and preferences even further, you might wish to make room on the intake form to find out whether he or she has any skin issues, such as dry skin, scarring or wounds.

Once your new client has completed this portion of the intake form, you should be better prepared to help him or her by using the right massage cream during the session. For example, if you client indicates that she would prefer an unscented massage cream, you will not make the mistake of irritating her by using a massage cream that contains scented essential oils.

If you find out that your new client struggles with dry skin, you could then offer him the choice of a massage cream that contains hydrating ingredients, to soften his skin long after he leaves the session room.

Of course, if your client indicates an allergy to an ingredient that may be in one of your massage creams, you will know to avoid using that massage cream during the appointment—thereby avoiding any unwanted skin irritations or reactions as well.

Taking the time to put together a professional intake form for new clients, which includes questions that will help you ascertain what kind of massage cream to use with this new client, is one way to help build a strong foundation for your practice. Such consideration also sends a message to your clients, letting them know that you care about their well-being.