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Caring for your Massage Table

Your massage table is your greatest asset as a massage therapist and we know that you have spent a little extra to ensure that you get the best table for you and your clients. We also know that you will want that table of

Take your massage practice on a road trip with the Eclipse Portable Table from OneTouch Masssage

Take your massage practice on a road trip with the Eclipse Portable Table from OneTouch Masssage

yours to last for as long as possible. Proper care goes a long way to extending the life of your massage table to ensure that the biggest investment you will make in your practice gives you the best return.

Caring for Upholstery

Leather or vinyl upholstery does not react well to strong cleaning agents. Harsh cleaners may reduce your cleaning time, but they will break down upholstery fibers and you will get cracks and rips.

Start with a little prevention by ensuring that your massage table is always covered to prevent oil from coming into contact with your upholstery. If your client, for example, shifts the cover or sheet while settling themselves, take the time to fix it before you continue with the massage.

When you do clean your table, use a gentle, organic soap and a little water on a soft sponge. Wipe it down with a cloth so all soapy residue is removed.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to care for the table to avoid damage or unnecessary wear.

Caring for the Foam

Opt for a table with good quality, high-density foam.

While wear on foam is inevitable, you can slow the process by flipping the foam around every couple of months.

Caring for Hardware

Check that all the bolts are tight and that the tables are properly adjusted. This is something that should happen every month to ensure that undue strain is not being placed on the joints.

Keep your table protected in a bag if you travel to avoid rips and scratches. Secure it properly if you are putting it in a vehicle so it doesn’t slide around.

Eclipse Series Portable Massage Table Black

The OneTouch Eclipse Portable Massage Table is the most fully featured and economical massage table package available anywhere. This massage table is ideal for student therapists and home users alike. The Eclipse Model Massage Table is precision-crafted with premium hardwoods and features a full 2 inches of high-density luxury padding to ensure a more comfortable massage experience.

This massage table package includes a standard accessory kit with a forward arm rest shelf, an adjustable and removable face cradle, face cradle pad, and side arm extenders . We also include a convenient, zippered carry case at no extra charge

Features:

  • Portable Massage Table
  • Sustainable Hardwood Construction
  • 500 lb Weight Capacity
  • Face Cradle and Pad Included
  • Side Arm Extenders Included
  • 2 Inch Luxury Foam Padding
  • Adjustable Height from 24 to 37 Inches
  • 72″ Long x 28″ Wide (Table Only)
  • 36″ Long x 28″ Wide x 8″ Thick (Folded)
  • Premium Carry Handle
  • Table Case Included
  • 28 lb Base Table Weight (32 lb with Accessories)
  • Black Color Only

 

Getting your Massage Practice Ready for Winter

As the weather cools, you must prepare your massage practice to make it as safe and comfortable as you can for your clients.

Check your Heating: Your Furnace needs regular maintenance so make sure it’s in good working order. It’s absolutely essential that you change your filters and clean ducting as necessary to ensure that your indoor air quality is healthy for you and your clients.

Safety First: Ensure that you are able to keep your walkways free of ice and snow so that your clients won’t slip and fall. Create a mudroom space where they can safely store boots and coats.

Control Humidity: If your practice tends to get dry thanks to the heating, consider getting a humidifier which will help to keep your clients healthy and comfortable. These can prevent clients from getting dehydrated or from suffering congestion while getting their massage.

Aromatherapy: Congestion can really hamper comfort and relaxation during the winter months, especially as you ask your clients to lie on their stomachs. Using aromatherapy oils in your diffuser or in your massage

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

oil can help to bring relief. Eucalyptus oil is especially good for decongestion.

Towel Warmer: Beat those winter blues with the warm and comforting feel of warm towels. You can really augment your massage practice with small touches of comfort for your clients.

Hot Stone Massage: Another way to help your clients relax and warm up over the cold winter months is with a hot stone massage. You can get a set of stones and a stone warmer for the cost of a couple of massages and you can offer your clients a whole new level of cosy winter comfort.

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.

Features:

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

Which Massage Lubricant is Best for your Practice?

The kind of massage lubricant that works for you is a combination of personal taste and practicality. The best way to find the perfect lubricant is to experiment with the many varieties on the market to see which one suits your style. Of course, most massage therapists utilize different lubricants for different practices. For example for deep tissue massage, therapists may prefer the added grip you get from a massage lotion.

Massage Oil

The staple of the massage therapist’s tool kit, massage oil is best for massage practices like Swedish where smooth, long motions need the extra glide that oils provide. Massage oil takes a long time to be absorbed into the skin, so you can work uninterrupted and use very little oil. Experiment with different nut and seed oils to find which combinations you like. You can add aromatherapy oils to augment your massage too.

Massage oils have a long shelf life and this is a huge advantage because it means you can buy in bulk and save.

Massage Gel

Massage gel is made by blending traditional massage oils with vegetable wax. They have the advantage of giving you the smooth feeling of oil, but they absorb into the skin, so your clients don’t leave

Try all the different lubricants with this Bon Vital Naturale Massage Sample Kit

Try all the different lubricants with this Bon Vital Naturale Massage Sample Kit

feeling greasy. Massage gels often have additives similar to those found in moisturizers which help to pamper and revitalize skin.

Massage Lotion

Massage lotion is quickly and effectively absorbed by the skin. This makes it perfect for deep tissue and sports massages because it doesn’t slip like oils might. Instead, it gives you a better grip on the muscle so you can apply greater pressure for focused work. This is perfect for clients who don’t have time for a shower after a massage as it doesn’t leave an oily or sticky residue on the skin.

Massage Cream and Body Butter

Massage cream and body butter make for a great moisturizers and these are favored for spa treatments. They provide the most sumptuous hydration for skin and leave your clients feeling pampered and relaxed.

Bon Vital Naturale Sample Kit
Enjoy four of the most popular Bon Vital Naturale massage products all in one convenient therapy kit. This sample collection is ideal for those who are using Bon Vital products for the first time and for those who favor variety. Bon Vital’s sample kit allows you to choose your massage lubricant based on your preference, your client’s preference, and the massage modality. All Bon Vital Naturale products are made with 100% natural ingredients.
Features:

  • 8 oz Naturale Massage Lotion with Hand Pump
  • 8 oz Naturale Massage Oil with Hand Pump
  • 8 oz Naturale Massage Gel with Hand Pump
  • 6 oz Naturale Massage Cream jar

 

Boost your Massage Practice in Five Easy Steps

The astute practitioner and entrepreneur is always looking for ways to improve their massage practice. Always striving to offer your clients better service is a great way to reward them for their patronage and to turn loyal clients into raving fans. Remember that the best marketing plan in the world is a referral from a friend or family member. Massage practices in particular rely on word of mouth to increase client numbers. Here are some ways in which you can augment your client’s massage and improve your customer service.

Hot Towel Caddy: Investing in one of these will really add a whole new dimension of comfort to your massage practice, especially as we approach winter. Keeping a couple of towels heated to apply on

Hot Stone Massage Warmer from OneTouch

Hot Stone Massage Warmer from OneTouch

areas you have worked on will help to relax tired and stiff muscles.

Aromatherapy: If you don’t already use essential oils in your massage, it may be time to join the growing ranks. You can add a little lavender essential oil to your massage oil, use an aromatherapy burner or sprinkle a few drops in a bowl of warm water under the face pad to help your clients relax.

Reward loyalty: Offer your clients a discount or a special product when they refer a friend or family member. This will encourage your clients to tell others about your massage practice and they get rewarded for their patronage.

Hot Stone Massage: Investing in a set of stones and a hot stone warmer will really provide your clients with the ultimate in comfort and sumptuous pampering. Learning to use the stones is easy too and enables you to increase the variety of massages you have on offer.

Music: Ask your clients if they prefer silence or music during their massage. Playing music especially made for massage will help them to relax and have a soothing experience.

Spa Pro Massage Hot Stone Warmer 18 quart

Spa Pro Stone Warmers will hold a set of 50 stones and are known for their durability and reliability. The new satin finish and low profile lid add a touch of class to your treatment rooms. UL listed and CE approved. 18 quart.

Features:

  • 18 quart size
  • Porcelain coated steel pan
  • Satin finish
  • Low profile lid
  • Easy to clean at the end of each day
  • 3-prong plug
  • 24″L x 15″W x 12.5″H
  • UL listed and CE approved

 

Chi Machines for beginners

Chi machines help to alleviate pain and improve mobility in your patients. A chi machine is a passive aerobic exercise machine which also helps to improve sleep and digestion, improves circulation and

Chi swing machine helps to relieve pain and improve mobility.

Chi swing machine helps to relieve pain and improve mobility.

metabolism while helping patients to relax and elevate their mood.

How it works

The Chi Machine moves your body gently from side to side in a figure of eight (the same way a goldfish swims). You could compare it to the way a massage therapist moves your ankles from side to side after a massage. This helps to relax muscles and maximizes the body’s natural absorption of oxygen.

Tips on best practices

Before and after using the chi machine, ensure that you drink plenty of water. Water helps your body to eliminate harmful toxins.

Create a relaxing and soothing atmosphere by removing distractions and annoyances. Play soft, relaxation music if you like and utilize aromatherapy scents to augment relaxation.

Place the chi machine on a firm surface like a carpeted floor. If you have a harder surface, place a towel or blanket on the floor so that you will be more comfortable. You can also place a towel over the chi machine ankle rests for additional padding.

Place your arms (palm down) at your sides, under your head or stretch out above your head—try all of these and select the one that is most comfortable for you.

Start with short sessions (1-5 minutes a day) and slowly work up to 15-20 minute sessions. For optimal results, you want to get in three sessions a day.

OneTouch Chi Swing Exercise Machine-

The OneTouch Massage Chi Swing Exerciser Machine is a premium unit that provides relief from stress and tension throughout your entire body. This unit helps to promote circulation through its gentle swinging motion.

The simple-to-use variable speed settings allow you to choose the rate of speed that meets your exact needs. This sturdy, reliable, and maintenance-free chi machine will leave you feeling calm and relaxed.

The OneTouch Chi Swing Exerciser comes with our No-Hassle Guarantee.

Features:

- Ultra-Comfort Padded Leg Swings

- Variable Speed and Time Settings

- Large, Easy Press Control Buttons

- 5.5-Foot Corded Remote

- Weight: 9 lb

Caring for your Massage Linens

Having freshly laundered, clean linens is a must for every massage practitioner. But since massage oils and linen don’t mix well and you can’t use stringent cleaners to remove oil as it may cause irritation

Bon Vital Naturale Massage Lotion is perfect for sensitive skins.

Bon Vital Naturale Massage Lotion is perfect for sensitive skins.

to sensitive skins, you may have difficulty cleaning your massage linens. Luckily there are ways to keep your linens clean that are good for the fabric, kind to sensitive skins and are even eco-friendly.

Oil stains: Remove tough stains by making a paste of baking soda and lemon juice. Rub onto the stain and leave for 30 minutes prior to washing. You can also eco-friendly use dish soap to remove stubborn stains. Dish soaps are especially formulated to cut through oil and grease, so they work wonders on massage oil stains.

Vinegar is another great grease buster. Add a ½ cup of white vinegar to your wash and leave to soak for 15 minutes before washing.

Wash in cold or warm water and rinse in cold as heat can set oil stains and make them even more difficult to remove. Using colder water to wash and rinse will also save you money and is good for the environment.

The same goes for the dryer – if you pop your sheets into the dryer with oil stains, they can be permanently set. Line drying is good for your linens, your bottom line and the environment.

Soak your linens right after use—the sooner you tackle oil stains, the easier they are to remove.

Detergent: Use earth-friendly laundry detergents that are tough on stains, but not on your fabrics. Ensure that they are hypo-allergenic to avoid causing discomfort to your clients.

Bon Vital Fresh & Clean Detergent 1 Gallon Bottle

Go easy on the environment—and your massage linens—with Bon Vital Fresh & Clean Detergent. This uniquely formulated detergent is biodegradable and free of harsh chemicals, toxins, and bleach. Our earth-friendly detergent is perfect for individuals who may be sensitive to the chemicals often found in conventional detergents.

Tough on dirt and stains but gentle on fabric quality and color, this natural laundry detergent keeps your massage linens, towels, and uniforms fresh and soft to the touch. Extend the life of your linens and towels while preserving the natural vitality of the earth with Bon Vital Fresh & Clean Detergent.

Adding Aromatherapy to your Massage Practice

Studies show that scents can have an effect on our stress levels, our moods and our immune systems. Harnessing the healing and relaxing power of aromatherapy will add a whole new dimension to your

lavender essential oil

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

massage practice and give your clients a brand new reason to rave to friends and family members.

The most important thing to know is that aromatherapy oils are very powerful. You should never apply them directly to the skin or use them before you have a good understanding of how to utilize them properly. Before using aromatherapy oils in your massage, ask your client if they have allergies and discuss benefits and possible side effects.

One of the best starter oils is lavender. This amazing scent helps to soothe and calm your clients while improving mood. Lavender is also a great acne treatment and an anti-bacterial. Lavender reduces muscle and back pain while improving digestion and circulation. Eucalyptus is another great starter oil which helps with clients who have sinus issues or colds.

You can incorporate small quantities of essential oil into your massage oil (consult an expert on ratios and possible side effects). You can also use a diffuser to fill your massage practice with heavenly scents.

If you find that your clients enjoy your initial forays into aromatherapy, consider doing a course to learn how to use different oils. Each oil brings with it a wealth of health benefits and it can really augment your client’s massage experience.

Buy a start kit first to try out aromatherapy to try out. Always ensure that your clients don’t have allergies or bad reactions to essential oils before proceeding.

Lavender 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.

 

4 Tips for Creating the Best Massage Website

If you are starting a new massage therapy website, or if you are disappointed with the way in which your current website is performing, here are some tips on how to improve your traffic and visibility.

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

Choose the right keywords

The first mistake most new website creators make is to forget that the internet is a very vast landscape. You have to ensure that your potential clients can find you when using a search engine. Start by picking five keywords that you think people will type in when they are looking for a massage therapist.

Of course you won’t be able to compete using the obvious keywords like ‘find massage therapist’ and your site will be very low down on a search result for these kinds of keywords, so be more specific. Include the area you are in for example: massage therapist New York. Better still, use your neighborhood or borough when selecting keywords. You are far more likely to be on the first page of a search for ‘massage therapist, Kingsborough’.

Make is easy to book

Include your contact information and a button to book an appointment on each and every page. Make it as easy as possible for visitors to your website to make a booking or contact you.

If you offer special services that set you apart for all the other massage therapists in your area, be sure to highlight them on your website. Services like Reiki, hot stone massage, pre-natal massage etc. are examples of specialist features that may attract prospective clients.

Post regularly

One way in which search engines determine if websites are up-to-date and relevant is to give preference to those sites that are updated regularly. Creating a blog on your site will mean you can post as much as you like and you will be providing a valuable resource for your clients while setting yourself up as an expert in the field.

Put yourself out there

Profile your own talents and those of the massage therapists who work with you. Showing a little of yourself helps to set you apart from the competition and fosters trust.

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
    • 8 Toe Stones

 

Marketing Strategies for National Relaxation Day

August 15th is National Relaxation Day; a day when everyone is reminded to slow down and smell the roses. In our fast-paced society, it’s tough to find time to relax and unwind. With people always

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Spa Simplu Towel Warmer will help your clients to relax.

plugged into their devices, even during their down-time, having a day to remember to unwind is a great way to get them back on track. Use this unique opportunity to show people the incredibly important relaxation benefits that massage offers. Here are some marketing strategies to help you make the most of National Relaxation Day.

Advertise on Social Media: Use your free social media platforms to alert your followers to the upcoming relaxation day event. Ask them how they plan to relax on August 15th to encourage participation in your online conversation. Post blogs and other helpful features on the benefits of massage and other relaxation techniques like exercise, yoga, meditation and walks in the park.

Traditional Advertising Methods: Take out an advert in a magazine, local newspaper or on a local radio station. Brochures and flyers in your neighborhood are also great ways to advertise your services. If you have a mobile massage practice, get lawn signs which you can place outside when you are giving your clients a massage. You can also get a lot of free advertising by placing an advert or signage on your vehicle.

Special offers: Offer your clients a discount for massages on National Relaxation Day and consider giving a discount or free massage to clients who refer a friend or family member. Referrals from your existing clients is one of the best ways to grow your business.

Community Outreach: Feel like spreading the love on National Relaxation Day? Why not offer free massages or go to a local old age home or hospital to give massages to people who need to relax.

Mist by Spa Simplu Towel Warmer

The Mist by Spa Simplu is the most convenient way to get warm, moist towels. This towel warmer takes all of the mess out of preparing for your client or event. No more rinsing and ringing towels, simply roll the included dry towels and place them in the individual holders. Towels take just 15-20 minutes to warm and the temperature will stay steady for up to two hours. The towel holder is machine washable and holds 9 towels.

Available as a kit with 6 towels and tongs or Mist unit only

Features:

  • Kit Includes 6 Wrap Towels, Tongs, and Warmer Unit
  • Unit only includes the Mist unit and towel holder (no towels)
  • 9 Towel Capacity
  • Auto Shut Off Digital Controls
  • Dimensions: 11″ x 11″ x 10″
  • PA Free / Dishwasher Safe
  • 1 Year Warranty

 

Seven Ways to Improve your Massage Therapy Practice

The very fact that you are reading this post means that you are a therapist who is committed to your clients. In our books, that already makes you a great massage therapist! Like any career, you want to

OneTouch Massage Tool will save your thumbs!

OneTouch Massage Tool will save your thumbs!

keep learning and growing in order to feel fulfilled and to give your clients the best possible experience. Here are a few easy tips on how to improve your massage therapy practice.

Communication

Having a meaningful connection with your clients is a great way for you to get work satisfaction and for them to feel relaxed and comfortable. The important thing to remember is that this is their time. If they ask questions, answer them as fully as possible but don’t be tempted to talk too much. If the client wants to talk, let them, but most clients find that small talk detracts from the relaxation they experience in a silent massage. Try always to listen more than you talk.

Client-focused approach

The central tenant of successful massage therapy is to focus on your client’s needs. You are there to help them which enables them to lead a healthier happier life and makes your job rewarding. To accomplish this, leave your own problems at the door. Ensure that you have centered yourself and that your clients have your undivided attention so that you are receptive to the needs of your clients.

Take care of yourself

Don’t overbook yourself; you must be able to give 100% to each and every massage. If you are feeling overworked or bored, take a break and book fewer sessions. Ensure that you are always comfortable and that your massage table is set up so that you are not stretching or straining. Injuries or discomfort will mean you aren’t enjoying the massage or that you aren’t giving your best.

Try something new

Always strive to learn new technique and ways of doing things. Study massage techniques from around the world. This will add to your body of knowledge so that you can find the best techniques for each client. Varying your technique will also help you to keep your practice interesting to you and to your clients.

OneTouch Massage T-Bar Tool
Save your thumbs with the OneTouch T-Bar Tool. Professional massage tools prevent overuse injuries by applying deeper, more effective pressure with less effort. This T-Bar Massage Tool stimulates trigger points for neuromuscular therapy and reduces strain on your fingers. The large rubber tip allows you to easily isolate and apply sustained pressure to the body’s trigger points, along the spine, or in bony areas of the body.

Features:

  • - Wooden T-Bar Design
  • - 1″ Rubber Tip
  • - Saves your hands from injury and fatigue