There is a basic question most professional massage therapists and bodyworkers should probably attempt to answer before they go about selecting massage creams for the session room. That question has to do with whether or not to use massage cream that contains any kind of aroma.

Here, we will take a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks of massage creams that do and do not offer an aroma. Once you have decided which type of massage cream is the best fit for you and your practice, you should have a much easier time narrowing down your options and selecting a massage cream.

One of the main factors to consider as you make this decision about massage creams with or without aromas is your clients and their preferences. Hopefully, you have a fairly good grasp on whether your client base would expect and prefer a massage cream that contains an aroma. This may be the case for those professional massage therapists and bodyworkers who practice in more resort- or spa-like settings.

If the essential thrust of your sessions is to ensure your clients are utterly relaxed and pampered, then you may find that using a massage cream that contains an aroma could help you reach this goal. Of course, you will likely want the massage cream you select to contain a high-quality essential oil, rather than any kind of artificial fragrance. You may wish to select a massage cream that contains lavender essential oil, for example, which is used to help induce a sense of calm and relaxation.

However, one of the best parts about those massage creams that do not contain any kind of fragrance is you do not have to worry about offending a client who may be sensitive to particular scents. With a fragrance-free massage cream, you can rest easy that your clients are not distracted by any aroma and can focus fully on the benefits of your hands-on therapy.

Massage creams that do not contain an aroma are also usually well suited for those professional massage therapists and bodyworkers who may practice in more medical settings, such as hospitals or clinics, and for those who use techniques that are more focused on injury prevention or rehabilitation.

Although it may make it more difficult to select your massage cream, one of the best bets for professional massage therapists and bodyworkers may be to cover all the bases by keeping a few different kinds of massage creams on hand, including massage creams that are fragrance-free and also massage creams that contain essential oils.

If you have one or two of each kind of massage cream in your session space, you should then be able to tailor the appointment to suit the individual client on your table. Based on your client’s intake form and any issues he or she presents, as well as clear communication with your client, you should be able to decide whether a massage cream with or without aroma would be the best possible choice.