Even among a group of massage therapists and bodyworkers who all practice the same type of techniques or modality, it is almost certain that each one practices in a slightly different way, adding his or her own subtle twist on the touch therapy. In many ways, it is the background and personality of the practitioner that gives soul to each session, drawing in clients who enjoy the all-around experience of receiving massage therapy and bodywork from that particular practitioner.
In the same way that an individual massage therapist or bodyworker puts his or her own personal spin on a technique or modality, each practitioner also is likely to use his or her massage cream in a somewhat different manner, and there is diversity among touch therapists in terms of what kind of massage cream each one prefers. Again, the personal preference of the massage therapist or bodyworker comes into play to create an overall client experience specific to that practice.
As an example of the different ways in which a massage cream may be used, there are some massage therapists and bodyworkers who may like to use what would be considered a large amount of massage cream during each session, whereas other practitioners may prefer to go lighter on the lubricant. The average amount of massage cream a particular massage therapist or bodyworker chooses to use in most sessions tends on depend on a number of factors, mostly related to the type of touch therapy practiced.
For instance, if a practitioner frequently performs sessions of lighter, longer and more gliding strokes, then he or she may be more likely to use a larger amount of massage cream, in order to achieve the slicker surface necessary for these kinds of touch techniques.
On the other hand, if a massage therapist or bodyworker more often performs deeper, more focused types of touch therapy, then he or she may be more likely to use a smaller amount of massage cream, in order to attain the friction or stick that allows one to work on a specific knot or point of tension.
Of course, quite a few practitioners exist somewhere in the middle of these two examples, practicing a mix of lighter and deeper techniques on each client. In this case, the amount of massage cream used will most likely vary from small to large, depending on each stroke.
In terms of different massage therapists and bodyworkers choosing to work with completely different kinds of massage cream, this often comes down to the practitioner’s personal preference. With so many types of massage cream available today, it seems each touch therapist could find the one massage cream that seems best suited to his or her practice and clients.
For the massage therapist or bodyworker who practices more clinical types of touch therapy, choosing a massage cream that is unscented may seem more appropriate than selecting a massage cream that also offers the benefits of aromatherapy. However, the practitioner who sees clients seeking mental relaxation may find that an aromatherapeutic massage cream is a perfect fit for his or her practice.