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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

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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.

Bon Vital Original Massage Oil 8

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!

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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

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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)

How Twitter can Help To Market your Massage Practice Part 2

Using Twitter can really help you to bolster your massage practice, share valuable information with your followers and reach out to potential clients. When you use Twitter effectively, just a couple of

Massage Stones

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

minutes each day will render great results. You already know to follow a 70/30 rule where 70% of the content you share comes from your followers and trusted experts in the field.

When you share their posts, make sure to include their Twitter handles. For example, if you repost a blog on how to use aromatherapy oils by Greenmoxie, use their @greenmoxie handle so that they get a personal message that you have mentioned them in a tweet. They will be far more likely to return the favor and this acts just like a recommendation from a good friend. Retweeting your posts to their networks will introduce you to all their followers.

Use hashtags in your post. Hashtags aren’t used properly by most users who utilize them as adjectives to augment a post. Traditionally, search engines like Google didn’t show social media in their search results. As many conversations, information exchanges and valuable content is shared only on social media as opposed to blogs and websites, hashtags give people the opportunity to investigate those posts.

So if you add the hashtag for massage practice and the town you live in, people who are looking for information on massage practices in your area will have access to those posts. So for example, if your massage practice is called Acme massage and you are located in a neighborhood called Weston, you could use the hashtags #acmemassage #massageweston #acmereviews and others that you think potential clients may use when searching for a new massage therapist.

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 Includes:

  • 2 Extra Large
  • 6 Large
  • 18 Medium
  • 16 Small

How Twitter can Help To Market your Massage Practice Part 1

The world of online marketing can be daunting for the beginner, but it’s a brilliant (and free!) resource that can really boost your small business. Since tweets are only 140 characters long, you need to take just a few minutes every

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

day to update your Twitter profile. Posting content that is valuable to your clients can really help to grow your business.

Get the right followers

When it comes to followers, it should be quality over quantity. Avoid services that get you thousands of followers for a couple of bucks. These followers are unlikely to render new business or share your content in a meaningful way.

Instead, start slowly and build up your followers by adding people you meet, new clients and potential clients that you meet at networking events. Follow blogs and people who are experts in your field and who post really stellar content on massage, yoga, aromatherapy and other areas of interest to you and your clients.

Link to your website

Link your Twitter account to your website in the ‘Settings’ tab. This way, Google can see when your content is shared and liked. That shows Google that you post relevant content and this helps to improve your SEO i.e. it will move you up on a list of results on a Google search.

Be sure that your followers can find your website and contact details on your Twitter account so that they can book an appointment with ease.

As with all things, be patient. Your Twitter account will take a while to get going. You can expedite the process by actively engaging with your followers. Reshare their content, comment and message them to establish a good rapport. This will encourage them to share your content too.

Lotus Touch Therapeutic Oil Gel 8 oz

This all new formula from Lotus Touch features nourishing safflower, castor and soy oils to give you the glide you expect from oil without the residue. Your clients won’t feel sticky after your treatment. It’s nourishing and hydrating for dry hands and clients. Therapeutic Oil Gel is an excellent alternative for therapists who have previously avoided oil. It only leaves 33% of the coating on the skin compared to oil! The lack of residue or greasy feeling allows clients to return to work or home without taking a shower after the treatment. This amazing product is free of paraben preservatives and propylene glycol. Replenishes the skin with essential fatty acids. For best results wash table linens the same day. We recommend Always Fresh Laundry Detergent. Shake Oil Gel well before using.

Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Oleth 20, Glycine Soja (Soy) Wax Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Naturally Derived Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol.

Caring for your Towel Warmer

As the colder weather sets in, it’s important to make your clients feel as comfortable as possible. One way to help them beat the winter blues is by providing them with warm towels during and after your massage. The heat

Augment the experience of your massage therapy clients with this towel warmer

Augment the experience of your massage therapy clients with this towel warmer

from the towels helps to relieve pain and tension.

Your towel warmer cabinet is the perfect way to keep your clients warm and cozy. The towel warmer heats towels to the perfect temperature and ensures that they are never too hot. One of the most important parts of investing in your towel warmer cabinet is to ensure that it is properly cleaned and sanitary.

  • At the end of each day, remove all of the towels you haven’t used. Leaving towels in the cabinet may cause mold and mildew which can ruin your towels. Clients with allergies may be negatively affected by mold and mildew.
  • Unplug the appliance and allow it to cool.
  • Wipe out the interior of the warmer cabinet with a mild cleaning solution. Avoid toxic or corrosive cleaners.
  • Be sure to clean the rubber gaskets around the cabinet door at least once a week. Moisture under the gaskets can lead to the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Remove the drip tray and clean it in the sink or in a basin of warm, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry well before replacing.
  • Leave the cabinet door open overnight so that any residual moisture can evaporate.

Towel Warmer Cabinets

The OneTouch Massage Single Door Towel Warmer is a premium towel warmer unit that provides you or your client with a luxurious massage or spa experience through the soothing, therapeutic warmth of moist heated towels. This compact warmer fits almost anywhere in your home, office, or spa. Our warmer features a hypoallergenic UV sterilizer and 200 watts of power to quickly warm towels up to a hygienic 176 degrees Fahrenheit. The composite exterior body is durable and easy to clean, making this towel warmer the best choice for your home or business. We include a removable towel tray at no extra cost. We offer a Full One Year Warranty on this towel warmer cabinet.

Features:

  • Automatic Heat Control System
  • UV Lamp Sanitizes Towels
  • Removable Towel Tray Included
  • Holds Approximately 50 Small Hand Towels
  • 16 Liter Capacity
  • Inside Temperature: 160-175 Degrees Fahrenheit
  • Rated Power: 200 Watts
  • Rated Voltage: 110V
  • Rated Frequency: 60Hz
  • Unit Size: 18″ Long x 16″ Wide x 12″ High
  • Interior Size: 14″ Long x 10.5″ Wide x 6″ High
  • Weight: 14 Pounds

How Yoga Benefits Massage Therapists and Clients

Yoga is a great way to help massage therapists and their clients. For the therapist, it helps to stretch out the strains of practicing massage and is a great self-care strategy to mitigate the impact your practice has on your

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

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

body. It also helps to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. All you need to get started is a yoga mat and a positive attitude.

Your clients can also benefit from doing a simple yoga routine. Not only will yoga stretches help to alleviate their pain, it will also help them to get the most out of their massage. They can prolong the relief that massage brings with stretching at home to reduce stress and pain.

Benefits of Yoga

Improved flexibility: Yoga poses help to stretch out muscles so you retain flexibility. This will help to improve mobility and relief any strains or tiredness in muscles.

Better breathing: Yoga encourages you to focus on your breath. This helps to bring oxygen to sore or tired muscles and it helps to relax and reduce tension.

Heart healthy: Practicing yoga reduces blood pressure and slows the heart rate while improving immune system functioning.

Improved strength and muscle tone: Yoga stretching helps to strengthen and tone muscles, especially the core which is so important for massage therapists.

Yoga is for everyone: You don’t need much to practice yoga; just a little square of floor and a Pilates/yoga mat. Yoga can be practiced by everyone, no matter how old or young.

As a massage therapists, just a couple of yoga every day will help you to stay flexible and relieve any pain. When you are consulting a client, give them one or two poses to practice that will help to alleviate their symptoms between massages.