If you are searching for a way to refresh your massage therapy or bodywork menu but do not have much money or time to invest in the change, then consider the power of scent. Bringing an element of aromatherapy into your massage therapy or bodywork practice can bring powerful benefits to the table for your clients—and even for you.

One of the best parts about choosing to weave healing scents into your massage therapy or bodywork sessions is that you can do so through the simple addition of aromatherapeutic massage creams, which are basically just massage creams that have been blended with an essential oil or a combination of essential oils.

This means you, as the professional massage therapist or bodyworker, can stay focused on using your current hands-on skill set, instead of investing time and money to sign up for courses on the art and science of aromatherapy. Your massage cream already contains the right amount and the right mix of essential oils,

Once you purchase a massage cream that contains one or more essential oils, you can begin to refresh your massage therapy or bodywork menu based on the kind of massage cream you purchased. For example, if you decided to buy a massage cream enhanced with lavender essential oil, then you could add “Lavender Aromatherapy Massage” to your massage therapy or bodywork menu, with a description of the calming benefits connected to the use of lavender essential oil.

From this example, you can see how choosing several different massage creams, which contain several different essential oils, would further serve to bulk up your massage therapy or bodywork menu, giving your clients more options—and more benefits—when it comes to their time on the table.

As you are searching for massage creams that contain essential oils, you should be able to figure out the reported benefits of those oils rather easily. Most manufacturers of massage creams that contain essential oils will post the main benefits of those essential oils on their websites, where each product is listed.

Do a bit of looking around, and see which massage creams blended with essential oils catch your eye and seem to be the right fit for your client base. Lavender is, of course, one of the most popular choices when it comes to blending essential oil into massage cream. This is because lavender is known to help induce the calm and relaxation that many clients seek when they book appointments with massage therapists and bodyworkers.

However, there are quite a few other options that might be a good fit for you and your clients. Take a good look at massage creams that contain essential oils and decide for yourself.

Remember, though, that any massage cream you choose to use in the session room should, first and foremost, provide the right amount of friction and glide for the types of touch techniques you want to use. Fortunately, most manufacturers of massage creams will be more than happy to ship you a few samples to try before you make a larger purchase.

–Brandi Schlossberg