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Tips for Dealing with Congestion in Massage Clients

At this time of year, many of your clients will be suffering from congestion and colds. While you must take precautions to contain the spread of colds and flu, you can also help to relieve the symptoms

Eucalyptus Oil can help relieve congestion in clients

Eucalyptus Oil can help relieve congestion in clients

that your clients are experiencing.

Prevent the spread of flu

Start by instituting strict policies about patients and practitioners with colds. If massage therapists have colds or flu, they must wear a facemask and wash hands before massaging clients.

Be sure to change face cradles between clients and wipe down the massage table if you think it may spread germs.

Ensure that hand sanitizer or a hand washing basin is easily accessible to clients and staff at all times.

Relieving symptoms in clients

The memory foam face cradle on the Aspire Massage Table is especially designed to relieve sinus congestion in clients.

When clients are face-down on the massage table, they can experience increased discomfort from sinus congestion. If this is the case, consider utilizing aromatherapy oils. Certain oils like eucalyptus, peppermint and lemon can help to clear sinuses.

Use aromatherapy oils in a diffuser or put a few drops in a bowl of warm water under the face cradle. Always keep a supply of tissues within easy reach of your client.

If your massage therapy office is very dry in the winter because of the heating, consider getting a humidifier which will help relieve congestion and dry skin.

If all of these measure prove ineffective, ask your client to lie on their sides instead.

Eucalyptus 10 ml/.35 fl oz. Bottle

Bon Vital Essential Oils – 100% Pure and Natural whether you prefer single notes or synergistic blends, you can rely on the same great quality you have known from Bon Vital for over 20 years. Our Essential Oils and Synergies can be easily added to our oils, cremes, lotions or gels to customize the therapeutic benefits for each of your clients. Also use in diffusers to enhance any room, you will enjoy this new addition to our complete line of massage products.

Massage Students: Here Are The 6 Most Common Types of Body Massages

Massage therapy is a popular art that has been used for centuries as a part of general health care for many people, especially those living in today’s stressful environment. With the increasing demand of massage therapy, the massage options are becoming more confusing. There are so many different types of massages available and you need to make sure you choose the best type for your needs. Whether you are looking for a way to relax, need to have aching muscles soothed or want to relieve some stress, there is a massage therapy for everyone’s needs.

Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai massages use deep tissue, stretching and pressure point techniques. This type of massage is especially beneficial for those who suffer with sore muscles and/or chronic pain. The techniques are typically more rigorous and energizing than the other more classic types of massage. Thai massage is also known as Thai yoga massage and deep tissue massage. If you are recovering from an injury that has resulted in back problems, this type of massage will help relieve the pain; however, you may be slightly sore for a few days following the massage.

Reflexology
Reflexology is often mistaken for being a foot massage; however, with a foot massage the therapist normally uses massage oil or lotion and gentle gliding strokes over the entire area of the foot. Whereas genuine reflexology is done by applying pressure to the pressure points in your foot that correspond to the various organs in your body. Reflexology massage is also done on the hands and fingers as well as the feet. The theory is that by applying pressure to specific locations, it will promote health to the corresponding parts.

Professional massage therapist

Swedish Massage
The Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage available. A Swedish massage therapist typically uses scented massage oils to facilitate smooth and gliding strokes over the area being massaged. This type of massage also relies on techniques such as stretching, kneading, tapping, friction and vibration. The pressure may change from gentle to heavy, depending on the goal of the massage. For example, to promote relaxation the pressure is typically firm, but not quite as firm as you would experience with a deep tissue massage.

Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massages are becoming increasingly more popular. During a hot stone massage therapy, the therapists place heated, smooth and flat stones on specific points of your back and/or in the palms and between the toes. The warmth of the stones are used to relax and soothe sore muscles, which allows your therapist to apply deep tissue massage to later. Following a hot stone massage there is typically no soreness even with the followup deep tissue massage.

Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy is one of the most common types of massage therapy. Aromatherapy massage basically consists of using the Swedish massage technique combined with concentrated plant oils, known as essential oils. The essential oils are typically added to the original massage oil and/or lotion. Each essential oil is thought to have different healing properties. Many therapist use various combinations of essential oils for the optimum benefits. For example, there are essential oils designed to provide a calming effect, uplifting, cleansing, energizing and/or de-congesting.

Shiatsu Massage
This is a form of Japanese massage therapy that is similar to acupuncture, except it doesn’t use needles. During a Shiatsu massage, the therapist will apply pressure on the pressure points that are used during acupuncture therapy. This type of massage is excellent for those who have sore muscles or are experiencing pain and/or discomfort in various areas of their body. A Shiatsu massage is often very relaxing, calming and a pleasurable experience.

Massage therapy is beneficial for a variety of health problems as well as promoting better sleep patterns and relaxation. However, some massages are designed to promote better health by helping your body rid itself of harmful toxins. For example, some deep tissue massages are referred to as a detox massage. If you have this type of massage it is important to follow the instructions provided by your therapist for after the massage. For example, you need to drink a specific amount of water, which will help to flush the toxins out. If you fail to follow the instructions, the massage may cause more harm than good. For reasons like this, it is important to discuss the massage therapy you are considering with your therapist to ensure it is appropriate for your needs.

The Benefits of Lemon Essential Aromatherapy Oil

As the dreary winter months take their toll, lemon essential aromatherapy oil can really help to uplift the mood, refresh weary minds and elevate mood. Lemon essential oil improves alertness and helps you to focus. This makes it perfect as a pick-me-up when you have a presentation, have to study or need to focus on the task at hand.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil is a great pick-me-up which improves mood and concentration.

Aromatherapy

Lemon essential oil is known for its cleansing qualities. A powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, it is perfect for disinfecting and detoxing. You can use lemon essential oil in your laundry to freshen and disinfect your massage practice linens. Use it in an aromatherapy diffuser in your reception area to help patients perk up before they have to face the outside world.

If your patients are suffering from colds or nasal congestion, use lemon essential oil in your practice to help alleviate their symptoms.

If your clients are suffering from fatigue, stress or anxiety, lemon essential oil can really help to lift the spirits.

Lemon Essential Oil Use

Avoid direct contact with all essential oils and the skin; these oils are strong and should be blended in the correct proportions. Lemon essential oil can, in some patients, cause a sensitivity to sunlight, so ensure that they avoid sunshine in the hours following a massage in which lemon essential oil was used.

Keep all essential oils out of direct sunshine as this can cause them to lose their remedial properties.

Bon Vital Aromatherapy Essential Oil

Bon Vital Essential Oils – 100% Pure and Natural whether you prefer single notes or synergistic blends, you can rely on the same great quality you have known from Bon Vital for over 20 years. Our Essential Oils and Synergies can be easily added to our oils, cremes, lotions or gels to customize the therapeutic benefits for each of your clients. Also use in diffusers to enhance any room, you will enjoy this new addition to our complete line of massage products.

4 New Year’s Resolutions for your Massage Practice

Every year you are working to make your massage practice just a little better. By working smarter, not harder, you can maximize your earning potential and make your customers happy. Satisfied

Massage Stones

Hot Stone Massage is a specialty service that can set you apart from the competition

customers help to generate more business through word of mouth and create a positive atmosphere for you and your team to work in.

Get organized

Are you always scrambling to keep up? Do you forget about important meetings or are you regularly late? Being more organized in 2015 will mean you have time to do things properly and you will find your job more satisfying.

Get a diary or download an app that will help you plan your days. Make lists of things you need to remember and set alarms so you don’t forget. Stick to the time frames allotted to each activity.

Not having enough time also means you have taken on too much. Start by cutting out a few things that aren’t really adding to your life. It’s better to do a few things well and enjoy them than to rush your customers or not give 100% because you are preoccupied with all the things you have to do before the day is done.

Be more social

Social media can be a wonderful way to share your skills with the world. Start a blog on your website as a resource of important information for your clients. Post valuable content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other sites and use these platforms to showcase your massage practice.

Learn something new

Add another dimension to your practice by learning something new this year. Perhaps you have been wanting to try aromatherapy or maybe you want to learn about hot stone massage. Adding new depth and techniques to your practice will give you more tools to help your clients.

Get some ‘me’ time

Regularly take time to mediate, do yoga, or have a massage yourself so that you are calm and relaxed. This is great for you and will help your clients to feel relaxed too.

Deluxe Massage Stones 50 Piece Professional Set

50 Hand-Picked Massage Stones Set Includes:

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

Showing Appreciation to your Massage Therapy Customers

They say it’s better to give than to receive and that is definitely true in your massage therapy practice too. Everyone likes to feel appreciated and it’s a great way to show your customers that you care and

Buying massage oil

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

turn them into raving fans. Your job depends on your customers, their repeat business and their word-of-mouth recommendations to friends and family. When you show your appreciation for their business, you set yourself apart from other practitioners and make your customers feel special. There are a number of ways in which you can show you care:

Holiday cards

You don’t have to spend money on mail; you can send your clients a holiday or birthday greeting online. Don’t market to them, make them a special offer or ask for anything. Just sent them a personal message with your good wishes for their special day.

Referral bonus

Give your clients a discount or a free massage for every client they recommend to you. This will encourage them to tell their friends and family members how wonderful you are and will help to boost your business.

Waiting room treats

Have water in your waiting room as standard procedure, but consider adding cookies and warm drinks like tea or healthier snacks like apples so that guests can have a little something to do while they wait. You will find them far more patient!

Community involvement

Leave your community a little richer for having you in it by sponsoring a local sports team or offering massages at local games for team members. Volunteer at marathons and fun runs so runners can benefit from your skills. Donate to local food banks or help sell girl guide cookies in your office; every little bit helps.

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Bon Vital Original Massage Oil – The blend of Grapeseed, Olive Oil, Jojoba, Avocado, Soybean, and Safflower oils make this the perfect mid-weight massage oil. Our thicker consistency allows for lasting glide, great for Stone massage, Lomilomi, or Swedish style modalities. This oil is enriched with Vitamins A, E, C, and Pro Vitamin B5. Water dispersible. No Nut Oils! Paraben Free! Unscented.

Awesome Gifts for Massage Therapists

Spoil your favorite massage practitioner with some amazing gifts from OneTouch Massage. These gifts will help to enhance his or her massage practice and will definitely put you on the ‘nice’ list!

Massage therapist

Get some great gifts for the massage therapist in your life.

Better yet, holiday shopping deals mean you can get as much as 65% off and free shipping in over 40 states. Check out the holiday deals here.

Start with some personal care gifts that make your favorite massage therapist a little more comfortable in their craft.

Earthlite Folding Massage Table Stool: This will allow them to sit down when they are working and the light frame means it is easy to move when they need to relocate. You can get it in a variety of colors to match your massage table and it folds flat for easy transportation should you need to go to a client’s home.

Massage T-Bar Tool: Using a massage tool for deep tissue massage will save those thumbs and prevent overuse injuries. It can be used to apply deeper pressure and stimulate trigger points for neuromuscular therapy.

Hot Stone Set and Warmer: Hot stones add a whole new wonderful dimension to a massage session. The heat from the stones helps to relieve inflammation and stimulate blood flow while reducing pain. Patients find it soothing and it helps with depression and insomnia. With the relaxation that hot stones facilitate, massage therapists are able to apply more pressure for a more effective result.

DVD’s and Music: Help to create a wonderful atmosphere with soothing tunes and natural sounds. This is relaxing for both therapists and patients.

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Hot Stone Massage Tips

At this time of year as clients in your massage practice try to beat the winter blues, you may find more requests coming in for hot stone massages. These are exceptionally beneficial to clients who need a

Massage Stones

Hot Stone Massage is a specialty service that can set you apart from the competition

little extra relaxation as they help tense muscles to relax while relieving pain and inflammation.

As a massage therapist, you will find you’re able to offer a deep tissue massage as pain and inflammation is released by the heat from the hot stones. A hot stone addition to your usual massage routine can really help to augment the benefits of massage for your clients. Hot stone massages also have psychological effects as they help soothe anxiety and prevent depression and insomnia.

Some ailments that hot stone massages benefit:

  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Poor circulation
  • Pain from osteoarthritis and arthritis
  • Stress, anxiety and tension
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Tips for hot stone massage

The biggest note of caution here is not to heat the stones too much. This can cause discomfort or even injury. The stones retain their heat for a long time too. The best solution is to utilize a hot stone warmer which will ensure that your stones are heated to the perfect temperature every time with no risk of injury to you or your clients.

Proper care

Clean and disinfect the hot stones and the warmer regularly to ensure that proper sanitation is always your first concern. Avoid dropping stones (especially when hot) as they can crack and break. Don’t use stones which are cracked or broken as they may have sharp edges.

Spa Pro Massage Hot Stone Warmer 18 quart

This Professional Hot Stone Warmer unit is designed to be a key part of your hot stone massage treatment. The heater pan quickly warms stones to the typical operating range (125 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit). The easy to use dial control allows for fine tuning of the temperature setting. 18 quart capacity.

Hot stone warmer

Features:

  • 1450 watts
  • 120 volts
  • 60HZ
  • 2 pin plug
  • 125 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit operating temperature

 

 

 

Properly Storing Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Aromatherapy essential oils are a great addition to any practice, but they are expensive and, if not stored correctly, you can vastly reduce their shelf life. Using some simple practices, you can ensure that

lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oil is a good starter oil for your aromatherapy massage practice

you get the most out of your essential oils and extend their shelf life.

Storage

There’s a really good reason why most aromatherapy essential oils come in colored bottles; they easily damaged by sunlight. Always keep your essential oils out of direct sunlight. Store them in a cool, dark place.

Use glass containers to store essential oils as they are very strong and have the potential to eat through certain plastics.

Always ensure that your essential oils are tightly closed. When left open, they will soon evaporate.

Essential oils are not fond of extreme temperatures. Avoid extreme changes in temperature and keep them in a cool place. Storing them in a refrigerator is an even better idea if you have the space. Keeping them in a cool, constant temperature will help to slow the oxidation process and will prolong their shelf life.

Some oils like aniseed, fennel and rose otto may solidify at low temperatures. Simply remove them from the fridge before you use them and allow them to return to room temperature.

Always keep your essential oils out of reach of children and pets. If ingested, contact your local poison control center immediately.

Essential oils are highly flammable, so keep them far away from open flames like candles and fireplaces as well as heaters.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Aromatherapy oils enhance the sensory experience and effectiveness of massage and spa treatments. They rejuvenate, refresh, energize, calm, and balance the body. Bon Vital’s line of pure essential oils provides single note oils and blends for the best of both worlds.

Place a few drops of your client’s favorite aromatherapy oil on the face cradle cover for an extra special touch, or add a few drops to your massage oil, gel, lotion, or cream. You can also use Bon Vital aromatherapy oils in a diffuser to set a healing tone in your office and treatment rooms.

Benefits of Massage for Depression and Anxiety

Research confirms that massage therapy helps to lower blood pressure and facilitates the release of those ‘feel good’ hormones that help to relieve depression and anxiety. Massage helps to relax muscles

The Earthlife Aromatherapy Diffuser helps to relieve stress.

The Earthlife Aromatherapy Diffuser helps to relieve stress.

made tense from anxiety and it can help to alleviate insomnia too.

University of Miami researches studied 37 breast cancer patients who got regular massage therapy for five weeks. The women reported feeling less depressed and they were also less tired. A University of South Florida study found that patients with high blood pressure patients who received a 10-minute massage three times a week lowered their blood pressure readings by 11 points.

You can augment your treatment of depression and anxiety through massage with aromatherapy. Many essential oils like lavender and chamomile have relaxing, mood-lifting properties. You can add some essential oil to your diffuser to scent the room or sprinkle a couple of drops in a bowl of water under the massage table.

You can also add a couple of drops to your laundry so that your linens are softly scented. It’s important to check with your client that they have no allergies. Essential oils are very strong and should not be used unless the massage therapist is qualified to do so.

Earthlite Essential Oil Diffuser

The Aroma-Stream is a clean, safe, and effective way of vaporizing essential oils without a hot ring or naked flame. Instead, a stream of air diffuses the essential oils, ensuring the purity of their fragrance. Fill your home, office, or treatment room with the healing scent of aromatherapy oils. This diffuser safely releases the natural aroma of your essential oils within seconds.

Features:

  • Safe, clean, and easy to use aromatherapy diffuser
  • Releases fragrance within seconds
  • Uses a stream of air to diffuse essential oils

 

Get the Most out of your Paraffin Wax Treatments

Paraffin wax treatments help to soften and moisturize dry skin. Paraffin also improves skin elasticity and relieves hard or cracked skin on the heels. The heat of a paraffin wax treatment can help to

This professional Paraffin Wax Warmer Starter Kit from OneTouch Massage comes complete with all the accessories you need for soothing heat therapy

This professional Paraffin Wax Warmer Starter Kit from OneTouch Massage comes complete with all the accessories you need for soothing heat therapy

relieve the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, sore muscles and joint pain. This effective heat treatment helps to increase blood flow and relieve aching muscles.

There are some tips and tricks that can help you, the massage therapist, to increase the benefits that paraffin treatments hold in store for your valued clients.

For deeper relief from pain and to maximize the deep muscle relaxation that paraffin treatments provide, increase the number of layers of paraffin you apply. The more layers you apply, the longer the heat will last, giving it a chance to penetrate deep into the muscles to relieve pain and improve flexibility. For the best results, add 10 to 15 layers.

Adding on more layers has the added benefit of making the paraffin easier to remove, especially in hairy areas. Paraffin wax will not remove hairs.

You can also start at the same point when dipping your client’s hand or foot into the paraffin wax. This will help to form a thick edge which will make remove it easier. Just grab onto the thick edge and pull gently.

Insulating the affected areas will help the heat to last longer. In order to do this, use insulated boots and mitts to cover your paraffin layers.

While paraffin treatment moisturizes and softens hard skin, using a hydrating lotion before and after the paraffin treatment will help to make skin even more soft and supple.

 Paraffin Wax Warmer Starter Kit
This professional Paraffin Wax Warmer Starter Kit from OneTouch Massage comes complete with all the accessories you need for soothing heat therapy: wax warmer bath, insulated mitts and booties, plastic liners, 4 lbs paraffin wax, and a 1-inch application brush. An adjustable thermostat keeps the temperature at a comfortable, safe level, and the large inner tank easily fits the entire hand, foot, or elbow.

Paraffin treatment is used and recommended by medical professionals, salons, and spas for its therapeutic and restorative benefits. This therapy effectively moisturizes dry skin, soothes aching joints and muscles, and melts away stress.

Kit Includes:

  • Paraffin Wax Warmer Bath
  • Pair of Insulated Mitts
  • Pair of Insulated Booties
  • 100 Disposable Plastic Liners
  • 4 lbs. Paraffin Wax
  • Application Brush (1-inch)