Details do matter, and when it comes to providing a massage therapy or bodywork session that is truly unforgettable, details certainly do make a difference. From the types of linens you place on your table and drape across your client to the music that softly flows from your stereo, it all combines to create the overall experience.

As you progress in your career, it is likely you have a chance to continue tweaking the details of your practice space, as well as your technique, in order to keep improving the experience for your clients throughout the years. On top of this ongoing improvement, massage therapists and bodyworkers often switch directions one or more times over the course of a long career, so preferences and personal styles may change as well.

One detail that may seem minor, but should indeed receive your attention, is the kind of massage creams you most often use during massage therapy or bodywork sessions. After all, massage creams gets even closer to your clients’ skin than massage linens or even your own hands. The massage cream you choose to use should be one of the highest quality, which enhances the client experience and never detracts from it.

You may be wondering exactly how to select such a top-notch massage cream, or whether the one you currently use fits the bill of high quality and enhanced client experiences. If you have been using the same massage cream for years without a single complaint from clients, that is a good sign. At least you can confidently say this massage cream does not take away from the client experience in your session room.

However, consider how wonderful it would be if your clients commented on how much they enjoyed the massage cream you use, complimenting the scent, texture, moisture level or some other extra perk of the lubricant. In that way, you could know you have a massage cream that can help enhance the client experience on your massage table.

Of course, the most important aspect of picking out a high-quality massage cream will be how well it works with you, as the massage therapist or bodyworker. In other words, you want to make sure you get a massage cream that will allow you to perform your particular modality and hands-on techniques in the best way possible.

For some massage therapists and bodyworkers, this may mean a massage cream with a bit more friction than glide, if the work you do tends to be deeper and more focused on specific areas of aches and pain. However, other bodyworkers and massage therapists may be looking for a massage cream with more slick than stick, in order to perform lighter, longer, smoother movements over larger regions of the client’s body.

Fortunately, one of the reasons massage cream is among the most popular kinds of lubricants for so many different forms of massage therapy and bodywork is it blends both friction and glide. Therefore, it is entirely possible to tailor the amount of stick and slick you have right there in the session room.

–Brandi Schlossberg

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