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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)

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.

Skin Firming: How It Works

Skin firming massage lotions work by tightening the skin and strengthening the looseness of elasticity. They also help to alleviate the effects of cellulite but don’t reverse it. Their most common ingredients include caffeine (because it’s simultaneously a vasoconstrictor-meaning that it narrows the blood vessels, which enlarge due to contractions in the muscular walls-and a diuretic), retinol (which thickens the skin and increases the creation of collagen, which narrows the appearance of cellulite) and DMAE (or dimethylaminoethanol, which is found in fatty fish and helps to plump and firm the skin).

As you age, gravity, time in the sun and smoking also take their toll on your skin as it breaks down the firmness of the elasticity. Since the Baby Boomer generation has begun to reach retirement age, more research than ever is being conducted on anti-aging techniques. Skin has three layers, the hypodermis (the deepest layer), the dermis (the middle) and the epidermis (the very outer layer). It is the dermis that contains the elastins and collagens, which the body starts to produce less of with aging. Therefore, any treatment that works on just the epidermis may show effects but they’re very temporary. In order for the skin to truly be firmed, the treatment must focus on the dermis layer.

Skin firming treatment usually works in one of two ways, by either causing more production of the collagens and elastins or by removing and tightening the skin, fat and muscles.

Besides lotions, other options include injections such as Botox or other laser skin treatments. Although these carry some risks and the decision to use them is not one that should be taken lightly and are mostly recommended for more serious cases when nothing else will work. In most cases, it’s better to stick with the lotions. After all, any allergies that you have to skin lotions last more temporarily and are much cheaper than cosmetic surgeries gone wrong.

Since research is currently being done on them, quick skin-firming techniques are expected to continue to develop in the future and will probably not ebb anytime soon.

To find out more about catering your massage business to better serve your clients, visit the OneTouch Massage store, where we carry an assortment of massage supplies to boost revenue today!

 

 

 

Bedside Manner for Massage Therapists

The massage therapist is in a unique position as they get to see people at their most vulnerable. When your clients are lying on the table, they may feel intimidated or uncomfortable and it is your job to set

Music for Massage will help to create a positive atmosphere

Music for Massage will help to create a positive atmosphere

them at ease. In fact, no matter how great you are at massage, if your bedside manner is not up to scratch, you will have trouble encouraging return business.

A good bedside manner, however, will not only keep your customers coming back—it will also get them to tell all their friends and family members just how wonderful you are.

Always be professional: Start by creating a very professional atmosphere in your massage therapy practice. If you have a home practice, always keep it separate from your personal space. Tell your patients exactly what to do at every step. If they are shy or nervous or if this is their first time, you can help to make them feel at ease by explaining exactly what they should do next and what to expect. For example: “I’m going to leave the room now. Please place your personal belongings on the bench and hang up your clothes. Then lie face-down on the table with the sheet over you and your arms at your side. I will knock on the door in five minutes. Let me know if you are ready or if you need more time.”

Know the facts: Always get new clients to fill out a form which outlines their medical history, allergies and any other medical information that could impact your session. Start each session by asking how they are and whether there are any particular areas they would like you to work on.

Check that they are comfortable: Ensure that they aren’t too hot or too cold, ask if they would prefer music and check that the pressure you are using is right when you are a couple of minutes into the massage.

If you are going to use aromatherapy oils, ask them if they have any preferences or allergies. Explain why you chose the oils you did and how that will augment the massage. For example: “I am choosing lavender today because I know you have been stressed and this will help you to relax.”

It’s not about you: Some clients like to chat and others prefer silence. Take your cue from your clients so they have the most relaxing experience possible.

Look the part: Dress professionally and ensure that you don’t have strong-smelling perfume or breath. Always be kind, considerate and polite and you will find that your clients keep on coming back!

Music for Massage CD

The soft caress of the keyboards, flute and angelic choir is the perfect accompaniment to your massage therapist’s hands. The synergy between touch and sound nurtures you at a deep level.

As the music plays in the background, you’ll find that it enhances rapport, receptivity and bliss. You’ll return to the world renewed, relaxed and refreshed.

Steven Halpern, legendary New Age composer, has created another great CD. This one is rated #1 for massage! The tracks included with this CD are among the best available to relax and calm the spirit. Tuning in to the right music and sounds is a core component of any massage. Turn an average massage into a blissful one with Music for Massage!

What Makes a Comfortable Massage Table

The primary equipment for a therapist is the massage table. The moment a client enters your studio space, the center of attention is the massage table. It is typically placed in the center of the room and all lighting, supply tables, and towels are in arms reach as not to distract the client receiving a massage. The aim is to create a comfortable and relaxing session.

The massages tables are available in different qualities. The most important factor in selecting a massage table must be stability. This is essential because of safety reasons and for reassuring the client that the massage is great. The lighter tables are good quality but sometimes during a session they might shift or reverberate with a slight vibration – each is equally distracting for a person trying to relax and remove stress during their massage. Thing about it, imagine how you would feel if you are trying to relax your mind and body, but all you are thinking about is at the next stroke the massage table will come crashing to the floor. This is not a comforting cost.

Since the massage table is the most important item, we recommend selecting the absolute best product you can afford or just save up money to purchase the best. It will make all the difference. The One Touch Massage stationary massage tables are extremely sturdy and have a professional appearance fitting of an experienced therapist. This table is made of beech hardwood and offers an extremely sturdy weight limits of 1000 lb Static Weight / 500 lb Working Weight. In addition it is topped with a very soft padding for maximum comfort, while offering plenty of room for maneuverability at the size of 72″ Long x 28″ Wide. This is a great choice if it works in your budget.

The three factors that should be considered are:

1. Stability – Look for weight thresholds

2. Comfort – Check the padding and breathability of fabric

3. Size – The larger the length and width the better for maneuverability

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Clearly not all tables are created equally, when you are looking for your first table or ready to upgrade make sure you remember our tips. For more information about massage tables and how they can transform your massage business, keep up with the OneTouch blog or head on over to our massage store to read more about our products!