There are no black-and-white rules when it comes to purchasing a massage cream for your practice as a professional massage therapist or bodyworker. In fact, the massage cream a practitioner chooses to use on a regular basis can be a highly personal choice, depending on factors that might range from techniques and session goals to the therapist’s own personal lifestyle and values.

There are, however, a few basic guidelines a professional massage therapist or bodyworker can use on his or her quest to select the best possible massage cream. The first of these general guidelines is to try out the massage cream prior to purchasing a large amount. As you test the massage cream, be highly aware of how it performs as you apply the full spectrum of techniques used in your practice.

This is where the more personal aspect of picking out a massage cream can come into play—as you test the massage cream and rate its performance with a variety of techniques. Only you, as the professional massage therapist or bodyworker, can know for sure whether this particular massage cream has a positive, negative or neutral impact on each stroke, technique or modality.

For example, if you tend to perform quite a few long, gliding strokes in your massage therapy or bodywork practice, perhaps with the aim of enhancing overall calm and relaxation, you may want to be on the lookout for a massage cream that provides the just the right amount of slip for such strokes. As you test out a massage cream, you should be able to tell whether the amount of glide provided is helping or hindering these techniques.

A second general guideline when it comes to purchasing a massage cream that is well suited for you and your practice is simply to do your homework. In addition to purchasing a small quantity or requesting a sample of the massage cream you are considering, you also would be wise to research the company that makes the massage cream and exactly what ingredients the massage cream contains.

By doing this kind of homework around a prospective massage cream for your practice, you can figure out whether or not the product will be in harmony with certain session goals and also your own personal values. This is another area where the more individualized side of buying a massage cream is going to become important. After all, only you can say for certain what your clients’ common massage therapy and bodywork goals may be, and which of your own personal values might be reflected in a massage cream.

As an example, if one of the common complaints among your clients is high levels of anxiety, leading to physical issues such as muscle tension, headaches, insomnia and so on, then you may want to keep this in mind as you search for your next massage cream. In fact, you might decide that you want a massage cream that contains specific essential oils to help reduce anxiety, or perhaps a pain-relieving ingredient to ease muscle tension.