As a massage therapist or bodyworker, you have plenty of options when it comes to purchasing tools of the trade. One big reason for the massive variety of massage and bodywork goods on the market today is the fact that this profession has skyrocketed in popularity, as more and more people look to reduce stress and prevent or heal injury via touch therapy.

Fortunately, more options in terms of massage and bodywork items typically means a better chance of finding high-quality goods at reasonable prices. It also means it is likely there is a product out there to suit nearly any need or niche.

This certainly holds true for massage creams, as there is a huge array of these lubricants available to massage therapists and bodyworkers. The professional touch therapist should have no problem finding a massage cream that brings the best blend of friction and glide for his or her particular form of bodywork.

In fact, it is usually possible to find a massage cream that best suits each style of bodywork you might perform in your daily practice, if you happen to be a touch therapist who employs differing modalities.

For instance, you may wish to purchase a massage cream with a bit more friction than glide if you tend to book clients who are looking for deep-tissue massage or sports massage. On the other hand, if most of your clients show up in the hopes of receiving a relaxing Swedish massage, you might go for the massage cream with slightly more glide than friction.

If you happen to practice both light and deep work, as many massage therapists and bodyworkers do, you may choose to stock up on massage creams that will best enhance each type of touch modality you offer. Of course, the beauty of a massage cream is it may even be possible to find one you can use for both light and deep work.

However, if you are able to purchase different types of massage creams to greatly enhance each type of hands-on work you do, then it may be well worth the investment.

Besides buying different massage creams to meet the needs of varying touch techniques, you may also wish to look into buying massage creams that will help you meet the specific needs of your clients.

Obviously, no one can predict what each client will need, unless that client is a regular you have been working on over the course of quite a few sessions. Even then, his or her individual needs might change now and again. That said, there are several fairly common client needs or issues that can be prepared for in advance by stocking up on a few different massage creams.

For one, consider purchasing a massage cream that contains no artificial ingredients, especially synthetic fragrances. This is a good cream to have on hand for those clients that may be sensitive to scents or other ingredients crafted in the science lab.

—Brandi Schlossberg