Stocking the cabinets of your session room would be easier if there was simply one massage cream tailored to each modality and technique. However, the fact of the matter is, there are many products to choose from, all of which are designed to meet different needs, making the decision-making process a bit more difficult.
Most massage therapists and bodyworkers look for a massage cream with either more friction for deeper work or more glide for lighter techniques. Beyond this core guideline, though, there are several other factors to consider, such as the kinds of services you offer your clients and the environment in which you work.
For example, those massage therapists or bodyworkers who happen to offer their services in a more clinical environment, such as a sports medicine practice, a hospital or a chiropractic office, may feel compelled to use a massage cream that is neutral, with no fragrance and little lubrication left on the client’s skin at the end of each session.
At the other end of the spectrum, those who work in a spa environment may feel drawn to massage creams that can bring spa-like benefits to the table. This might mean searching for a product with ingredients that provide extra moisture for hydrating skin or essential oils for aromatherapy.
One interesting way to choose and use massage creams is to base your decision on the part of the body you’re working on. There are products that have been designed to work on different types of skin on specific regions of the body, such as the feet or the face. In a spa setting, it may be nice to let your clients know that you can offer a face massage using a massage cream that will not clog their pores and contains anti-aging and healthy hydration ingredients.
Having access to so many options requires research and sampling before making a smart, confident purchase to suit your modality. After all is said and done, though, your careful search should result in a purchase that enhances each client’s experience.