It has been said the only consistent aspect of life is change. We all may find this to be true within our personal lives, whether the change is a challenge, a pleasure or a little of both. However, within our professional lives, we may find we are not getting enough change, which could lead to boredom or burnout.

As a massage therapist or bodyworker, there may be a handful of hands-on routines you find yourself applying to client after client. There is likely a reason for this—these sequences produce desired results, such as relaxation and relief from aches and pains. However, as well as these routines may work, and as new as they may seem to each client, you, as the practitioner, could run the risk of growing bored after a while.

This is but one example of how the working lives of massage therapists and bodyworkers could be calling out for changes, big or small. Finding new techniques to try, new tools to use, new clients to help and so on can serve to stoke the fires of your enthusiasm for this healing work.

As you go about your day as a massage therapist or bodyworker, keep “fresh eyes,” looking for aspects of your practice that could do with a bit of change. One simple and effective spot to begin is with your massage cream. It may sound silly at first, but this is one tool of the trade you, as a massage therapist or bodyworker, likely use day in and day out. It also is a product that can sink right into each client’s skin, as well as your own, so it is more than a minor part of your practice.

Once you kick your imagination into gear, you will find there are myriad ways to use massage cream as the starting point for exciting change within your massage therapy or bodywork practice. For instance, you may wish to begin adding themed services to your session menu, based on certain fun and appealing ingredients within a high-quality massage cream.

A sample scenario might be a massage cream that contains ingredients derived from pineapples, among other elements. For this type of massage cream, you could consider offering an island-themed massage session, touting the island-based ingredients in the massage cream and setting the session to soothing and lovely Hawaiian music.

You may find yourself so excited as you imagine the possibilities that you may then want to enroll in classes to learn new techniques to add to your themed services, such as lomi lomi or other island-inspired modalities.

As you can see, simply giving a little thought to your massage cream and how it could tie into change for your massage or bodywork practice can serve as a catalyst for your imagination, as well as your passion for healthy touch.

Spend some time taking a look at what today’s manufacturers of massage creams have to offer, and see what happens when your wheels start to turn.

–Brandi Schlossberg