Massage Therapy & Proper Tools of the Trade

When you enter a massage therapist’s domain, there is usually a system, or protocol that those receiving a massage go through. This routine typically includes getting into a comfortable position on the table, and then drifting off to relaxation town once you have specified which parts of the body need the most work. However, what you don’t see as you are face down, letting those magic hands do their thing, is the lotion or cream that is used on the body to make your session so effective and relaxing.

This being said, taking the time to look at lotions and creams will tell you that professional massage therapists actually have a wide variety of products to choose from in their quest to make your experience the best every time. Basically, each product is not one size fits all; in fact, the type of cream practitioners select often depends heavily on the techniques and modalities they are performing on an individual.

During a massage, you may feel relaxed and actually feel the stress radiating from the body. This is due to the techniques used, but also the tools being used. From scent, feel, roughness to smoothness, the lotion and cream used in a massage can help to set the tone for just how you feel even hours or days after the massage is completed.

Massage therapists need a cream or a lotion that will properly allow them to perform tasks and services in an optimal manner. These creams allow therapists to be able to apply specific chosen techniques in the best possible way.

For example, those who prefer a lighter form of touch when receiving a massage will most likely have a cream that is used more for easier glide across the skin than anything else. When a deeper and more focused form of therapy is being used, a cream offering more friction and contact with less glide is going to be used.

A product that allows massage therapy to be the most efficient is ideal and essential for the therapist and the person receiving the massage as well. When receiving a massage, talking with your therapist about different forms and techniques, as well as the creams and lotions they use, can help you to receive the best possible relaxation and muscle healing.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.



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