Massage oil is a very personal and direct connection between the massage therapist and client. The right massage oil can make all the difference. Choosing massage oil can be as slippery as the oil itself. Sometimes it comes down to the personal preference or even a particular scent. The client is also an important factor. Their age and skin sensitivity may be factors. In a market full of products, which one is the best? The answer: there isn’t a best product or fool-proof solution, although there are a number of factors to consider when choosing the best massage oil.
1. Beware of Nut Allergies
Although nut-based massage oil continues to be a favorite of massage therapists, studies show that 1 percent of the American population has a nut-related allergy. Keep it on hand as an option, but always ask first!
2. Take Scent Seriously
Scent is a powerful tool. Scented oils are great because their smell is consistent from batch to batch. What is great about unscented oils is that there is freedom to add essential oils based on your clients’ preferences. Keep in mind that some aromatherapy oils may be contraindicated for your clients–know your essential oils before using them with clients.
3. Know Your Consistency
Glide is a popular term used to describe the consistency of massage oil. The amount of glide you want in a massage oil depends largely on the type of massage give. For deep, long strokes, more glide is best. For shorter, more intense work (like trigger point or deep tissue), less glide is better.
4. Choose Natural
With the popularity of natural products growing, more massage oil and lotion products are available without any parabens or chemical preservatives. Whenever possible, choose massage oils, lotions, and creams that are made with natural and organic ingredients. Your own skin and your clients’ skin will thank you.
5. Consider Shelf-Life
Buying in bulk saves money in the long run, as long as you use up the oil before it expires. Check the shelf-life of a massage oil before you purchase to make sure you can use all of it before it goes rancid. Also, consider using jojoba oil, which is actually a liquid wax esther and does not go rancid like other oils.
6. Try Before You Buy
Not sure if you’ll like using a certain massage oil? Ask for a sample or buy the smallest size before committing to a gallon jug of a massage oil that you’ve never used before. Let your clients know you’re trying out a new massage oil and ask for their opinion as well.
7. Choose Professional Grade
Professional grade products are the best choice when it comes to choosing a massage oil for your business. Your clients deserve high quality, professional massage oil–not a pseudo massage oil from Bath & Body Works or Walgreens.
Have fun with massage oils! Don’t be afraid to experiment with scents, essential oils, and blends. Involve your clients in the process as well by using their favorite scents and asking for feedback.
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