When a client leaves the session room of a skilled massage therapist or bodyworker, he or she may walk away with increased range of motion, a renewed sense of peace, improved circulation and simply a general sense of well-being. Another facet of the session this client may be walking away with, even though he or she may be somewhat unaware, is the massage cream used during the appointment.

Few massage therapists and bodyworkers offer their clients a chance to shower off immediately after a session, and the truth is few clients would even be likely to want to shower off in that state of relaxed bliss. Therefore, your clients are leaving your practice coated with the massage cream you use during each session.

For many practitioners, the fact that the client may not even be thinking about this or take notice of the massage cream on his or her skin is perfectly fine. However, other massage therapists and bodyworkers may wish to extend the impression they leave on their clients, right down to the massage cream. In this case, such practitioners might be inclined to find a massage cream that brings more noticeable after-effects, such as luxurious moisture, a healing or refreshing scent, or perhaps pain-relieving qualities.

In other cases, whether or not the massage therapist or bodyworkers wants the client to walk away with benefits from both the session and the massage cream will depend entirely on the individual client. After all, certain clients may be more inclined to be pleased with massage cream brings beneficial after-effects to the table.

For example, if one of your clients presents not only with aching muscles, but also with noticeably dry skin, you might want to be able to offer that client the option of receiving his or her massage with an ultra moisturizing massage cream. If you have such a massage cream on hand, you can ensure your client walks away with the added value of smoother, softer skin on top of the healing and relaxing benefits of the hands-on session.

As another example, a client might present with one or two exceedingly sore spots on his or her body, and this client might enjoy the additional pain relieving benefits of a massage cream containing an ingredient, such as Arnica montana or menthol. If you have such a massage cream on hand, you can offer this option to your client, making that client feel particularly pampered.

Other clients could come to your office with issues that may be better served by massage therapy or bodywork when paired with aromatherapy. In these cases, it is quite convenient to have several massage creams on hand, each blended with a specific essential oil or combination of essential oils known to aid in relieving common client complaints, such as fatigue, stress, anxiety, insomnia and so on.

Of course, it is important to remember that many of your clients may be the most pleased with the use of a massage cream that enhances and showcases your own hands-on skills, allowing you to provide the best possible massage or bodywork session.

Brandi Schlossberg