When you choose a massage cream for your practice, you are choosing a product that will be applied to and absorbed by not only your clients’ skin, but your skin as well. This is one area where quality truly does matter, so taking the time to find a massage cream that meets your standards in every area will be worth the time and any money invested.

There are several aspects to consider as you go about defining your standards for the massage cream you use each day in your practice. First of all, you will want to make sure it is a massage cream that enhances the application of any techniques or modalities you practice as a massage therapist or bodyworker. For example, if you primarily do deep-tissue work with your clients, then you will want to find a massage cream that will offer the stick or friction you need to apply such focused handwork.

Of course, quite a few massage therapists and bodyworkers practice an array of different techniques or modalities and, therefore, may need a small variety of massage creams to keep stocked. This might mean having one massage cream with more stick for deeper work and another one with more glide for lighter forms of massage therapy and bodywork.

The key to setting a standard for your massage cream in terms of how well it complements the work you do will be making sure it enhances your techniques and never hinders them. Consider calling several manufacturers of massage creams and requesting samples of their products, so you can test them out and see if they meet your standard in this area.

Another important standard to set for your massage cream may be its effect on you and your clients. This means taking a look at how your skin tends to react to the massage cream, as well as whether any of the ingredients in the cream have other effects on your overall sense of well-being.

For instance, if a cream contains some kind of aroma, whether it is a synthetic fragrance or a mix of essential oils, you will want to be sure you are not adversely affected by this aroma in any way. Examples of adverse effects might include a skin irritation, a headache, itchy or watery eyes and so on.

Again, testing sample creams might be the best way to make sure the massage cream you choose to use on a regular basis will only help to soothe and relax your clients, and will not create any unwanted side effects for you or the folks on your table. However, you might already have an idea of what types of ingredients you do or do not want in your massage cream, which should make it easier to set and meet this standard with your next purchase.

A third standard to consider may be the environmental angle—the way in which the massage cream was manufactured, from the creation and processing of its ingredients down to the packaging.

With well-defined standards in mind for your massage cream, you can make sure the quality of this product does not let you down.

Brandi Schlossberg