One of the most important decisions a massage therapist has to make with regard to the actual work is which type of lubricant is best for both the therapist and the client. There are so many things to take into consideration.
In a recently published article entitled, “What is the Right Lubricant for Your Clients?”, author and expert, Phyllis Hanlon, writes:
“Clients who walk into a massage practice bring a variety of expectations with them. Some clients are looking for a relaxing experience, while others want deeper work and still others might seek pain relief. Regardless of the goal, massage therapists need to have the right massage product—in this case, lubricant—at their fingertips.”
Many massage therapists just continue to use whatever they used in massage school. Some schools use a variety of types and mediums, some stick to one they find best and cost effective. On the other hand, some schools may even ask students to bring in a lubricant of their own choosing. It is perhaps best to try several and see what works best for the techniques you use and your client base.
“There are so many different carrier oils used in massage. There are oils that do not absorb quickly, such as sweet almond oil, and lighter oils, such as grapeseed, which do absorb quickly. Typically, it is oils that have the slowest absorption rate. Some massage therapists use plain carrier oils, like grapeseed or almond. Many massage products have a blend of different oils,” Hanlon writes.
When looking for an effective massage oil it may be important to find one that is all natural, that doesn’t use preservatives, artificial fragrances and made with ingredients that could be healthy both inside and out – that is, they could be eaten and not be toxic to your body.
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