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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.

Massage Stones

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

Spa

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

 

Creating a Reiki Practice at Home

Whether you are strictly a reiki practitioner or whether you use reiki to augment your massage practice, setting up a home practice is a relatively easy thing to do. The first thing is to create an

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

atmosphere of comfort and professionalism while ensuring that the environment is safe and healthy for you and your clients.

Massage table

It’s always worth your while to invest in a good quality massage table so that your clients are comfortable and safe and you get many years of service out of your investment. Make sure that the massage table you select is adjustable to suit your requirements and that it has end panels to ensure reiki access. Because you are holding your hands above your client’s body, you want to reach as little as possible to minimize back strain. This means you have to don’t want a table that is too wide so you won’t be reaching forward all the time. Test out prospective tables to see which one is most comfortable for you. You can compare tables to see which ones has all the features you need with this handy OneTouch Massage comparison table.

Professional Atmosphere

Creating a professional atmosphere will make your clients feel confident and comfortable. Start by having a room that is dedicated to your reiki or massage practice. Have a chair in a waiting area or in your reiki room where clients can comfortably sit to fill out forms. Always ensure that you have client information and indemnity forms that you keep on file. Having a signed indemnity form is essential for your insurance company.

Aromatherapy and Music

Both of these can enhance your reiki practice, but be sure to ask your clients what they prefer. Having an aroma you don’t like or music that irritates will impede your ability to do your job effectively.

Summer Sale: OneTouch Eclipse 

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)

 

Self-Care for Massage Therapists

As a massage therapist, you are well aware of the impact repetitive actions have on the body. Your clients often suffer from the consequences of sitting at a desk all day or from typing. Take some time to

The Earthlite Massage Cart will help to prevent injury and discomfort when you are on the road.

The Earthlite Massage Cart will help to prevent injury and discomfort when you are on the road.

consider how your repetitive movements are impacting your body. It’s crucial that you take care of yourself so that your posture, back and hands are not negatively affected by your massage practice. Here are some key ways to ensure that you don’t incur injury or discomfort.

Table Height

Ensure that your massage table isn’t too wide and that it is adjusted to the perfect height so that you can massage your patients without stretching. When you have to reach across the table, you are placing unnecessary strain on your back.

Adjustable Massage Chair

If standing for long hours every day or lugging your massage table from one client to the next is taking its toll, consider investing in an adjustable massage chair. Earthlite Pneumatic Massage Stool with Backrest is the perfect option for added lower back support and to help you enjoy your work.

Massage Tools

Save your thumbs with this great massage T-bar tool which is especially effective for deep tissue massage. You can apply deeper, more effective pressure with less effort so that your clients benefit from deep tissue massage without causing you discomfort.

Earthlite Massage Table Cart

If you are taking your massage practice on the road, you may need to invest in a massage table cart. It maneuvers easily, allowing you to roll your table rather than carrying it, so that you arrive refreshed and ready to go.

Durable steel tube construction with a chrome finish will not chip or peel under heavy use like paint. It has 6″ heavy duty wheels and stair glides to protect your table on stairs. Comes with a bungee cord to attach a bolster to the cart.

Features:

  • Durable steel tube construction for long life
  • Chrome finish won’t chip or peel
  • Six inch heavy duty wheels
  • Stair glides for maneuvering stairs and curbs
  • Quick release strap fits all portable tables
  • Can be used with or without a carry case
  • Includes Bungee cord to attach a bolster
  • Comfortable padded handle
  • Folds compactly for storage
  • Arrives fully assembled
  • Weight: 9lbs

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Give your Mobile Massage Therapy Practice Wings

As a mobile massage therapist, you must take care of yourself and ensure that you are able to move your equipment safely from place to place. If your heavy table is straining your back or if your massage oil leaks, your life will be far more difficult (ans oily!) than it needs to be. There are a number of mobile massage accessories that are designed to make your life easier.

1. Massage Table Cart

Stronglite Massage CartDon’t risk injury and make your life easier by not lugging your massage table around. These handy Stronglite Massage Table Carts will take the work out of your mobile massage therapy. These carts weight as little as 9lbs, but will hold 180lbs and they fold up for easy storage. When you need them, just squeeze the handle and the cart pops open. Secure your massage table with an adjustable strap and you’re ready for business.

 

 

2. Stronglite Prima Massage Table Package

StrongliteWhen you have a mobile massage clinic, you want to be able to move around and set up your massage table with minimum fuss. After all, you if you will be doing this several times a day, you want it to be as smooth and easy as possible. That is where the Stronlite Prima Massage Table takes the cake. This amazing table is made from aluminium so its super light, but the durable materials and sturdy construction ensure that it is also reliable and strong. The Prima is especially designed with the professional women in mind, it has all the features you can possibly want and only weighs 26 lbs. It comes with a carry case so you can take it everywhere with ease.

 

 

3. Bon Vital Hold All Product Holster

product_holsterWhen traveling to client’s homes, sports fields, locker rooms or offices, you want to be self-sufficient. There may not always be a handy table nearby where you can set your massage oil and you don’t want to be fumbling around on the ground. With a massage product holster, you can keep your massage oil at your side, ready for use at all times. The product holster is compact and folds for easy storage when it’s not in use.