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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!

Tips on Choosing Massage Oils Best for Clients

We all know that hands down the best form of relaxation is a full body massage. Many enter the massage therapy profession because they wish to create this experience for others and help others through the benefits of massage. It is true that perfecting techniques, staying fit, and having a high quality massage table all contribute to the client receiving an amazing massage experience. However, choosing the right massage supplies like body oils and massage lotions is essential to making a good massage absolutely fantastic.

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.

At massage school you learn the importance of oils and judging what type of skin a client has to match with the right lotion – you might identify the need for oils for dry skin or skin firming lotion. During actual practice we all know the access and choice to more selections and better quality exists. At One Touch Massage there is a great variety of body lotions and massage oils. The secret is to have an understanding of their power and purpose so that the right oil is utilizing during treatment.

Here are a few tips when buying massage oils.

1. Keep it natural – As a general rule many clients can be allergic to synthetic supplies. A natural oil like Bon Vital Original Massage Oil offers a blend of Grapeseed, Olive Oil, Jojoba, Avocado, Soybean, and Safflower oils. This is a great natural option.

2. Comfort and Consistency – It is important for the client to enjoy the massage oil and not be bothered; however, the therapist deserves to be comfortable too. Selecting a light oil with a nice consistency makes the treatment great for the therapist and client. The Lotus Touch Ultralight Oil offers this type of match and it uses only the finest natural oils.

3. Allergies – Beware of clients that have allergies and always ask if there are any nut allergies. It does occur that some oils have a nut base. It’s always good to have a nut-free option too.

The importance of selecting the right oil should not be underestimated. These quick tips were designed to keep you learning, asking, and building your appreciation and education of massage products to the next level. Visit the OneTouch Massage store for all your massage oil needs!

Business Tips for Your New Massage Practice: Online Marketing

Before you start your own massage practice, you should already have an online presence. One of the very best things about online marketing is that you can get so much advertising done without ever paying a cent. Of

Massage oil

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

course, paid online advertising options also exist and we will look at those too.

Website

Before you start creating your website, find five keyword phrases that suit your business. Try to use these as often as you can on every page without sounding like you are stuffing the page with keywords. Avoid popular keywords like ‘massage practice’ as the competition for these words is fierce and you will be better off using less popular keywords which you are more likely to show up in a search for.

For example, instead of using ‘massage practice’, try using your local area e.g. downtown Toronto massage or College Street Massage.

Make it as easy as possible for your clients to make a booking by including your contact information on every page. If possible, include an online booking option. Always optimise your site for mobile and be sure that clients can make bookings on their phones and handheld devices.

Social media

Choose a couple of social media sites that you enjoy using and create a company profile that you keep separate from your personal accounts. Follow the 80/20 rule which means that 80% of the content you post should be interesting articles, videos, pictures and infographics for your clients. Only 20% of the content should be about your massage practice.

Use social media to provide information, set yourself up as an expert and share special deals and client recommendations. For the most success with social media, be sure to interact with your followers.

Small to medium businesses get the most bang for their online advertising buck through social media advertising. Opt for Facebook or Twitter ads to generate traffic to your site.

Lotus Touch Therapeutic Oil Gel 1 Gallon
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.

Shelf Life: Under normal conditions the shelf life is estimated at 2 years.

Give the Memorable Gift of Massage

Just when you thought your massage clients were not paying attention and you thought they were asleep, you were wrong. The moment a client enters your presence for massage therapy they are attentive to your space, its quality, stability of the massage table, oils, and of course your touch. It is so important to recognize that one client is not just one client but the door to more business. A great way to grow the business is not only to make sure that you are operating with the highest quality products, but to offer current clients the ability to purchase a massage to gift family or friends.

OneTouch Massage Table

OneTouch offers a great range of stationary massage tables for your practice

Create A Memorable Massage Setting

The key is to make sure that each massage is memorable and this leads to repeat business as well as new clients. Think about, if you just has such a great experience wouldn’t you want your friend to have the same. The answer is yes. This is why gift cards work great in the circumstance, because it makes the entire process easy and a no-brainer for your happy clients.

The signal most important item in making a massage memorable is a great massage table. The client will instantly feel safe and comfortable, without the sense that a small shift might send the table crashing to the ground. Also, the better the table the more likely the massage therapist will not be hesitant in their strokes or movements – the more stable the table, usually means the better massage.

There are a variety of massage tables and accessories at One Touch Massage that make it easy to discover. The stationary table they offer is at the apex of stability it is made of Beech Hardwood Construction, comes in black of burgundy, and is good up to 500 pounds of work weight. This table also offers a easy to reach shelf for supplies, so that the massage is not interrupted. This will make sure the client has a most memorable experience.

Remember the more comfortable it is for one person the likelihood of gifting will shine through your business.

Business Tips for Your New Massage Practice: Traditional Marketing

Just setting up shop with your home massage practice? Whether you are traveling to your clients or using your own home as a base, these easy business tips will have you filling your diary with bookings in no time at all.

Buy your massage oils and lotions in bulk to save on costs

Buy your massage oils and lotions in bulk to save on costs

Home is where the heart is

Once you have set up your massage practice, you need to start getting the word out. Word of mouth is the best way to get new clients. Getting a recommendation from a friend or family member is the best kind of advertising you can possibly ask for. Start by giving a couple of free massages to your friends and family members, then ask them to recommend you to others.

Traditional marketing methods

Go for both traditional and online marketing methods, but start with your own community. Create flyers outlining the services you offer at your massage practice and be sure to include your contact details. Distribute these around your community and ask if you can leave some at yoga studios, doctor’s offices, community notice boards, dentists, coffee shops and other places where people in your community meet.

If you do house calls, wrap your car in decals that advertise your massage practice and place a small sign on the lawn for the duration of the massage. When neighbors see that you do house calls in the area, they may be inspired to give you a try.

Volunteer

There’s nothing like giving back so have some t-shirts printed with all your company info on them and volunteer at community sporting events, old age homes and marathons where people can benefit from your skills and you can get a little free marketing out of the deal

Bon Vital Naturale Massage Lotion

Bon Vital Naturale Massage Lotion is uniquely formulated to satisfy the demands of every massage therapist. The Jojoba Oil base is enriched with Sea Algae, Japanese Green Tea, and Hops Extracts. Bon Vital’s improved formula now also includes an organic natural preservative! Bon Vital’s Naturale product line is completely natural and organic, which makes it ideal for clients and therapists with sensitivities to chemicals and fragrances. This massage lotion is paraben free and unscented. The loose texture of Bon Vital Massage Lotion Naturale provides superior glide, while the precise balance of seed and plant oils refresh and moisturize the skin. This lotion is perfect for Swedish massage and all other types of massage modalities. Its completely water dispersible formula allows for easy cleanup and wipes cleanly off the skin.

 

 

Features:

    • All Natural and Organic
    • Enriched with Sea Algae, Japanese Green Tea, and Hops Extracts
    • Completely Water Soluble
    • Paraben Free
    • Unscented

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

Massage Stones

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