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Hot Stone Massage How To

Add a whole new dimension to your massage therapy practice by using hot stone massage techniques. When you give a hot stone massage, you utilize a combination of heated massage

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stones and massage to help your patients to relax, ease tense muscles and stiffness and reduce pain. Hot stone massages are particularly good for arthritis, autoimmune disorders and tension. Adding hot stones to your existing massage regimen is fairly easy and you won’t have to alter your technique too much.

Hot massage stones

Stones utilized in hot stone massages are usually basalt because they are able to maintain heat for long periods. Massage stones must be very smooth so that they don’t irritate the skin. You can prevent irritation by preparing the skin with massage oil. Before you start the massage, ensure that the stones are clean and place them into the hot stone massage warmer which is an electrical heating device filled with water that is designed especially for this purpose.

Always check the temperature before placing the stones on your patient’s body.

Hot stone massage techniques

Start your massage as you would normally, taking time to help your patient to relax. Once they have had an initial massage and you have applied oil in all the places where you plan to use the hot stones, you can remove the stones from the warmer and place them on the body. Place the stones at key acupressure points on the back, hamstrings, arm, face and even between the toes depending on where your patient needs the most relief. Check with your clients that the stones are not uncomfortably warm. Heat from the stones helps to ease tense muscles, increase blood flow, release toxins.

Using hot stones not only augments your own techniques, but allows for a deeper tissue massage.

Deluxe Massage Stones 50 Piece Professional Set

Every and every basalt lava stone is of the highest quality and is cured, hand-polished, and ready for immediate stone massage use. These smooth stones are comprised of Basalt Lava and have an amazing ability to retain temperature. This set includes 50 stones. Please note that the stones sizes listed are approximate and may vary. The natural color of the basalt stones will also vary.

50 Hand-Picked Massage Stones Set 

  • 2 Extra Large
  • 6 Large
  • 18 Medium
  • 16 Small
  • 8 Toe Stones

 

 

Massage Maintenance; Keeping your Clients Healthy Between Sessions

Most of your massage clients seek relief from injuries and discomfort sustained at their desks. With most people working in offices, I bet you see a lot of neck, shoulder and lower back

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This 1/8″ yoga mat from OneTouch Massage is perfect for any level. On sale for a limited time!

complaints. Not to mention the carpal tunnel that causes painful wrist and elbow injuries.

While your massage will provide relief, you want to send your massage therapy clients off with some maintenance exercises that they can do between massages to keep themselves limber and to prevent injuries. You can give them some yoga variations which they can do in small spaces.

The eagle pose

Sit in your chair with your back straight. Stretch your arms out in front of you with fingers straight and palms facing each other. Now bend your arms up to make perfect 90 degree angles. Move your right arm under your left arm and stack the elbows on top of each other. Wrap your right arm around so that your palms are touching each other. This stretches your back and forearms. Extend the arms out again and repeat, this time with the left arm under.

Cat/Cow pose

Sit in your chair with your back straight and your feet firmly planted on the ground. Take a deep breath in, filling your lungs and belly with air. As you breathe out, interlace your fingers (palms facing) and stretch your arms out in front of you. Drop your head and round out your back.

Inhale while opening your arms. Move your arms behind your back, lift your chin and push your shoulders back. Interlace your fingers behind your back, push your shoulders back and down and open your heart. Repeat for five breaths.

Watch the video and get more cubicle yoga poses here.

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Topical analgesics are  popular products for clients who require instant pain relief. The rub-on or stick-on products provide soothing reductions in pain and inflammation and are perfect

Biofreeze topical analgesics

Biofreeze topical analgesics provide deeper, longer-lasting pain relief.

when you are on the go. You can use topical analgesics in your massage therapy practice to augment the effects of a massage, provide instant relief until you can work on the problem and provide your patients with effective pain relief between massages.

When to use Topical Analgesics

When your clients suffer from pain, (both temporary and chronic) they can use topical analgesics to relieve back and neck pain, arthritis and joint pain, sport injuries or sore muscles. Topical analgesics also help to reduce inflammation which offers some long-term relief.

Be sure to test the analgesics on your client’s skin before recommending it to them. Some clients may have a bad reaction to the medication and this could only make matters worse. Place a small dab of the analgesic on a sensitive skin area like the underside of their arm and wait for an hour to ensure that there are no negative reactions.

Contraindications

Never use topical analgesics on broken skin, cuts, rashes, or infections. Be sure to advise your clients of the specific contraindications for the topical analgesic you are using so that they can act quickly should they experience a negative or allergic reaction.

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel 4 oz Tube
Biofreeze Pain Relieving Products offer deep penetrating, long lasting pain relief from arthritis, sore muscles and joints, backaches and much more. Using cryotherapy, Biofreeze analgesics relieve pain in sore muscles for up to several hours, and pain-free muscles heal faster. Biofreeze applied from a 4 oz tube gives the practitioner the opportunity to create a more thorough application by massaging the affected area during the application. Biofreeze pain relief products are greaseless, stainless and has a vanishing scent. Your clients will love this product!

Biofreeze products contain Ilex, an herbal extract from a South American holly shrub. Ilex is used around the word in various health & wellness formulations. Biofreeze topical analgesic does not use waxes, oils, aloe or petroleum. The result is a fast-acting, penetration, long lasting pain reliever.

Will You Create a Website for Your Practice in the Near Future?

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Massage table sale

This great deal on a portable OneTouch Deluxe ll Massage Table is the perfect way to get a fresh start this spring.

If you are giving your massage therapy practice a spring makeover, then you are in for a treat! OneTouch Massage is offering an incredible deal on their signature OneTouch ll Massage Table. For only $139 you can get this great new table to spruce up your practice and you may even be eligible for free shipping.

The OneTouch Deluxe II Series Portable Massage Table is designed with students and home practices in mind. The Deluxe Portable Massage Table is sturdy and crafted with cutting edge design. Hardwood legs and supports create a natural, sophisticated look.

The 2-inch high-density foam padding with ultra-soft PU covers ensure the most sumptuous comfort for your clients while providing enough support for deep-tissue work. You can augment the comfort of your clients with the adjustable square style back. It even has an 80 degree setting for pre-natal massage or spa and facial treatments.

The OneTouch Deluxe ll Massage Table comes with a full set of standard accessories including a forward arm rest shelf, an adjustable and removable face cradle, face cradle pad, and side arm extenders. A convenient, zippered carry case and a 5-Year Warranty come standard with this massage table.

Features:

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  • Adjustable Height from 24 to 37 Inches
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  • Full Back Lift
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  • 33 lb Base Table Weight (35 lb with Accessories)
  • Black Color Only

 

Should I have a Website for my Massage Therapy Practice?

Yes! You should absolutely have a website for your practice, no matter how small it is. One of the biggest challenges facing massage therapists is that they have trouble attracting clients

Hot Stone Massage Warmer from OneTouch

Hot Stone Massage Warmer from OneTouch

and a website is the perfect way to get word out.

The Good News

If you have a small business and can’t afford to pay thousands for a website designer, the good news is that you don’t have to. There are many free blog-hosting sites like WordPress where you can host your site at no cost to you.

These free hosting platforms are usually pretty intuitive, so it’s easy to navigate your way around them and you can have absolutely no coding knowledge and still set up a site in a couple of hours. Premade templates make it really easy to pop your information in and get going.

Be Sincere

One of the most important parts of creating a website is to put yourself and your employees at the forefront. When people can see your pictures and read more about you, it builds trust and fosters a real connection.

Be sincere and honest in your writing and let your personality shine through. Of course you must still be professional, but letting your personality show will help people to identify with you.

Share on your Social

Once your website is up and running, create social platforms with Twitter, Facebook and Google+ which are linked to your website to help people to find your massage practice.  Make sure your practice is listed in the online Yellow Pages and on other business sites such as Yelp.

Now you can sit back and watch the business pour in!

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Choosing the right Massage Table for your Practice

The most important piece of equipment you will select for your massage practice is the massage table. Choosing the right table is essential for your comfort and for the comfort of your

Portable Massage Table

OneTouch Deluxe Portable Massage Table

client. Always buy the best massage table you can afford as it’s a wonderful investment in your practice and will augment your massage technique. Make the right choice for you based on the kinds of massage techniques you use.

Deep Tissue and Sports Massage

These methods require pressure to work deeply into tissue and muscle. It’s recommended that you consider a table with 2-inch or 2 ½-inch padding as this will require less pressure from you to achieve the same results.

As a massage therapist, you must consider the long-term effect on your hands and thumbs from having to apply pressure, so you want to opt for the table with thinner foam. Firmer tables will help you and your clients to get the most out of these kinds of massages.

Portable Massage Tables

If you are going to massage your clients in the comfort of their own homes or you take your massage table to sporting events, consider an aluminum frame table which is durable and lightweight. Ensure that you have a massage table that is strong enough to accommodate athletes while durable enough to withstand travel. Get a great selection of portable massage tables here.

Swedish Massage and Stone Massage

These gentler massage techniques focus on your client’s comfort. They are centered on relaxation and require less pressure than other methods. For this reason, consider a 3-inch thick padding to maximize comfort and for a more luxurious feel.

Reiki

Always opt for a table with end plates which allow you to comfortably sit alongside the massage table. Consider the materials carefully; wood absorbs energy while metal conducts it.

OneTouch Stationary Massage Table

This stationary massage table is solidly built for client safety and long table life. The elegant design and beautiful hardwood construction will add a professional touch to any treatment room. This massage table comes with a 3″ deck pad with ultra-soft upholstery, rounded corners, adjustable height legs, and an aluminum face cradle. The legs are recessed at the sides and ends for maximum stability and working room. A standard full-length shelf provides convenient storage space for towels, linens, and other massage accessories.

 

How to Create a Professional Atmosphere in a Home Massage Practice

Any business conducted from your home has the potential to seem unprofessional unless you take care to create a suitable environment. During a massage, your clients are vulnerable

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Augment the experience your massage clients have with this towel warmer – now on sale!

and they need to feel completely comfortable if they are to get the most out of your massage therapy and rave about you to their friends and family. Creating a professional and comfortable environment is easy, all you need to do is take care of the details.

Dedicated space

Your home massage practice needs to have its own dedicated room. Try to choose a room that is nearest the door so that your clients don’t have to walk through your home to get to your massage practice. Your massage room must be devoid of all unrelated furniture or items – have only a massage table, a chair for waiting and a table for your gear with other essentials like a towel warmer.

Professional atmosphere

Ensure that you book appointments only when there is a quiet, peaceful atmosphere in the home. Usher your guests through to your massage room and make sure that there is a chair for them to sit on. Give new clients an insurance form and information form to fill out on a clipboard so that you have their medical history and details. Make sure to get their email address so you can send them any special offers you have in the future.

If you intend to play music during the session, ask your client to pick the music so that it is something that’s relaxing rather than annoying. Ensure that the room is ready for them, that the linens are clean and that you have everything you need.

There are advantages to having a practice in your home; your clients can be made to feel comfortable, you can offer a more relaxing atmosphere and you don’t have to commute!

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The composite exterior body is durable and easy to clean, making this towel warmer the best choice for your home or business. We include two removable towel trays at no extra cost. We offer a Full One Year Warranty on this towel warmer cabinet.

What Marketing Tools are You Using to Promote Your Massage Business

Using Videos to Attract Clients to your Massage Practice

In our fast-paced environments, people are turning more to videos as an alternative to reading blogs. Videos are easier to watch on handheld devices and can be convenient time-wasters

Massage oil

The lack of residue or greasy feeling allows clients to return to work or home without taking a shower after the treatment.

when waiting or commuting. You can effectively use videos to promote your massage practice and attract more clients.

It’s easy and cost effective

Most massage therapists are too busy to write lengthy blogs or spend much time on social media promoting their massage practices. Videos are a really quick and easy way to create effective marketing materials. Shooting a quick 3-5 minute video (don’t make them too long!) and posting it to your YouTube channel is a great way to promote your brand.

Distributing your video

YouTube offers you the option of creating your own channel. This is a super place to post your videos. Its important to remember that YouTube is owned by Google, so posting to your channel here will help to improve your SEO. Be sure to include your website address in each and every post so users can find your massage practice.

Vine and Instagram

If you are making very short videos (7 seconds for Vine and 15 seconds for Instagram), you can distribute them through these two very popular social media platforms.

What should I post?

As a massage therapist, you have a really great range of posts that would provide added value for your clients. You can post videos on how they can stretch in order to prevent problems from occurring. You can also promote preventative suggestions like how to choose the right running shoes to prevent injury or how to configure your desk and office chair to minimize the impact of working at a computer.

Posting videos that offer sage advice not only offer valuable content, they set you up as an expert in your field and show your potential clients that you care. Videos are a great way to get exposure and to drive traffic to your website.

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