If you order your massage cream in bulk and perhaps even have your order set for automatic refills, then you could be trading improvement for convenience. This is not always the case, and if you are certain your massage cream is the perfect fit for you and your practice, then there may be no room for improvement.

However, if your massage cream is something you picked out long ago and stopped thinking about, then you may be due for an upgrade, or at least a look around. Don’t allow the convenience of sticking with the same massage cream prevent you for accessing the benefits other massage creams may be able to bring to you and your practice.

One mistake many massage therapists and bodyworkers may make when it comes to stocking up on massage cream is thinking that all massage creams are alike, particularly those massage creams that do not contain any fragrances and are designed to avoid irritation among a wide range of clients.

Of course, all the massage creams in this category should at least have those two factors in common—no fragrance and no potentially irritating ingredients. However, from that point on, you may find quite a few differences among the different massage cream. Look for a massage cream that brings the most to the table.

For example, you may be able to get a massage cream without any aroma or irritating ingredients but with ingredients that provide extra moisture for the skin. Other massage creams might offer perks for the touch therapist, such as a bit more friction for those who perform more deep-tissue techniques, or slightly more glide for practitioners who tend to use quite a few longer strokes in the session room.

You also will find that various massage creams, even if they are within the same category as far as being unscented and nonirritating, have different ingredients, as well as different processing and manufacturing procedures. Some massage creams may contain all-natural and organic ingredients, and these massage creams may also be processed, manufactured and packaged using sustainable and eco-friendly methods.

You may even be able to find a massage cream that is not only in line with any “green” values you may hold for yourself and your practice, but also was produced in a manner that may have been beneficial to any native people who had a hand in growing, harvesting or processing the ingredients.

These are just a few examples of the ways in which massage creams—even those massage creams within the same category—can differ from one another. Therefore, it can pay to look around at other massage creams on the market, at least every once in a while, to make sure the massage cream you keep ordering in bulk is still the best one for you and your practice.

In the end, taking a bit of time to think about the traits that make a great massage cream for both you and your clients can serve to improve your practice.