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Soothing Muscle Bath

December 2nd, 2013

Soothing Muscle Bath
Ease your client’s aches and pains with this calming soaking treatment.

 

The Treatment:
1. Blend 1/2 cup of Lotus Touch Botanical Mud Powder with 1/4 cup Kur Fine Grade Dead Sea Salt and 6 drops of Soothing Touch Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
2. Pour mixture into a muslin bag, tie to close, and place the bag in the soaking tub.
3. Allow your client to soak for 20 minutes.

 

Enhancing the Experience:
1. If your client has sore muscles, offer a Swedish Massage after the bath using Lotus Touch Therapeutic Muscle Ease Lotion.

 

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Keyano Cranberry Butter Cream Massage

November 22nd, 2013

Keyano Cranberry Butter Cream Massage
This indulgent body treatment is a great offering for the holiday season!

 

The Treatment:
1. Apply 2 oz of Keyano Cranberry Scrub to your client with a fast, circular motion
2. Remove any residue from your client with a warm, damp towel
3. Use 1 1/2 oz of warmed Keyano Cranberry Butter Cream to perform a massage on your client

 

Enhancing the Experience:
1. Offer retail sizes of the Keyano Cranberry Scrub and Butter Cream for your client to purchase for at-home use

 

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Choosing and Caring for Linens

November 15th, 2013

Ten for Today
By Rebecca Jones

Choosing and Caring for Linens
Michigan massage therapist Patrice Wisner thought she’d figured out her linen laundry dilemma when her husband started washing smaller loads and using more detergent. The result was cleaner sheets, fewer impossible-to-get-out oil stains, and no more lingering smell of oil. Then, some of her clients started sneezing when they got on her table. “Too much detergent?” she wonders. “Currently, we use detergent and bleach, but we’re on a septic system and I can’t say that it’s all that great for my septic system to use so much bleach to get these sheets clean. But if I don’t, they start to smell when they come out of the dryer, and at some point later on they start to smell like French fries! There’s just got to be an answer.” Table linens are one of the most important accessories massage therapists will purchase, since those linens are so visible to clients. And caring properly for the linens is one of the most important steps in maintaining a hygienic practice. The experts all agree: don’t short sheet your massage practice by choosing anything less than the best-quality linens you can afford and keep them in tip-top shape. Here are some pointers for selecting the right linens for your practice, and how to care for them so they always send a positive message to clients.

1. Pure or Blended
Some people avoid 100 percent cotton massage sheets, preferring the wrinkle-resistance and greater durability that comes from cotton/polyester blends. But there’s much to be said for the comfort and soft feel of 100 percent cotton. They also tend to release oil more readily than blends. Likewise, those who appreciate earth-friendly sheets may even look into hemp sheets—more expensive initially, but extremely long lasting—or certified-organic cotton sheets. Remember that you get what you pay for in most instances and quality sheets will not pill as easily as cheaper ones. There’s no one best answer. It’s just a matter of personal preference.

2. Flannel’s Appeal
“It’s the most comfortable sheet there is,” says Steve Gern, owner of Sew & Sew, a maker of massage sheets in Glide, Oregon. And while the quality of other kinds of sheets is measured in thread count—the higher the better, as a rule—that’s not true with flannel sheets. Flannel is measured in weight. Sew & Sew, for instance, carries 3.8-ounce and 5-ounce flannel sheets, with the heavier-weight flannel costing a bit more. The heavier the weight, the more plush the feel and the more washings it can endure. And while flannel is mostly associated with chilly climates, it’s actually a good product for warm weather, too, since it wicks away perspiration more readily than other materials.

3. Your Linen Closet
John Sise, owner of Innerpeace, a Walpole, New Hampshire, massage linen company, suggests keeping a minimum of two days worth of linens. So, if you’re going to do five massages a day, you need to have at least 10 sets of standard-width (46-inch) sheets on hand. “We recognize that some people may need a wider top sheet, so we recommend that the therapist has a few wide top flat sheets to accommodate the people who may have extra modesty issues or are larger than the average client,” Sise says. It’s also a good idea to keep plenty of hand towels nearby. “They’re really good for wiping a client off, so you don’t have to use a sheet or a drape to wipe them off,” says Diana Dapkins, president of Pure Pro Massage Products, of Greenfield, Massachusetts. “And if you spill a product, they’re just a nice tool to have around.”

4. Solids Versus Prints
Again, this is a matter of personal preference. There are lots of beautiful prints on the market, including batiks and themed designs, but Gern says he sold so few printed sheets he stopped carrying them. Solids—especially whites—look clean and hygienic, but prints carry one big advantage over solids: they can help camouflage stains.

5. Sanitation Rules
Of course, don’t reuse any towel or sheet that has come in contact with a client before laundering it. Sheets should be changed after every client. Same for face-rest covers. Find a hamper for dirty linens that is well away from the clean ones. Make sure to sterilize all table surfaces between clients. Select quality, ecofriendly cleaning products that are considerate of clients’ allergies and void of artificial scents. And, of course, thoroughly wash your hands between clients.

6. Laundry Tips
Experts disagree about the ideal temperature at which to launder your linens. Norma Keyes, director of product standards for Cotton Inc., a trade group to promote cotton products, advises using the hottest water possible to remove stains and odor. Gern and Sise say hot water only sets in stains. They recommend warm water. Dapkins insists warm to lukewarm is fine, and that even washing in cold water is acceptable. But here’s something they all agree on: get them washed as soon as possible—within 24 hours of use. “If you must wait to wash them, store them in black plastic bags,” Dapkins says. “Tie the bags shut to keep out air and light, as these are the two things that turn oil rancid.” For badly stained linens, allow them to soak in a degreaser, then launder them twice to completely remove oily residue. For stubborn stains, add bleach to the second wash so the bleach can penetrate after some of the oily buildup is gone, Dapkins suggests.

7. Special Supplies
Unlike bed linens, which are only for sleeping, massage table linens get regularly doused with oil. Simply tossing them into the wash with other linens won’t be adequate. Some sort of degreaser must be used, experts say. One possibility is dish soap, which won’t harm linens, or the spray product called Zout. Dapkins created Pure Pro Linen Degreaser, a citrus-based product, specifically with the demands of massage therapists in mind. “I got tired of hearing massage therapists talk about stained linens,” she says. “It’s a citrus-based solvent, which is very different from other products on the market that are petroleum-based. Anyone will tell you that vegetable oil is tough. It doesn’t mix with water and it doesn’t come out very easily. The citrus solvents are just phenomenal at eating vegetable oil.” She says degreasers do not remove stains. That’s what bleach is for. But before the bleach can work, massage linens may require an initial washing with a degreaser.

8. Dryer Safety
If a sheet comes out of the washer still smelling of oil, do not put it in the dryer. Drying it will only worsen the problem, because it will bake in the oil residue, making removal even harder. What’s more, there’s a safety issue involved. “We’ve had a number of people with dryer fires, because they put the stuff in the dryer and it combusted. There was simply too much residue on the linens,” Dapkins says.

9. Folding Technique
Yes, there really is a secret to folding a fitted sheet, and if you master it, your linen cabinets will be forever neater. Start by pulling the sheet out of the dryer immediately, not letting it sit around unfolded for hours. You’ll need to spread the sheet out on a table or bed. Fold it in half horizontally, then tuck the top gathered end into the pocket formed by the bottom gathered end. Fold everything horizontally in half again. Then fold the bulky gathered ends horizontally into the middle of the ten for todaysheet. Fold the smooth end over the top of the bulky end, then fold lengthwise into thirds yet again. If you’re having trouble picturing this, a number of online reference sites have step-by-step picture guides. Just type “fold a fitted sheet” into your Web browser, and you’ll find lots of online help.

10. Letting Go
Finally, if you see any sign of holes, broken elastic, fraying, or anything that looks unserviceable, it’s time to find a different use for that sheet than putting it under a massage client. And if you’ve tried every trick you know and you still can’t get a stain out, surrender to the inevitable and ditch the sheet. “If you get a year’s worth of service out of a sheet, and you do 25 clients a week, remember that’s just pennies per use. You’ve gotten your money out of that sheet,” Dapkins says.

Rebecca Jones is a Denver-based freelancer who has a new appreciation for the intricacies of massage linens. Contact her at killarneyrose@comcast.net.

 

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals original article:
http://www.abmp.com/massagemarketplace/downloads/TenForToday_JF09.pdf
Additional resources:
http://www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com/i/196551

Dressing your Massage Table

November 8th, 2013

Dressing your Massage Table
There’s nothing quite like a well dressed table when it comes to providing comfort and warmth for your clients. We’ve highlighted some commonly used table coverings so you can pick and choose which layers are appropriate for your specific applications.

1. Massage Table Warmer
A table warmer will provide even warmth across your entire massage table. Try the NRG Digital Massage Table Warmer with elastic bands to prevent the warmer from slipping off the table and a digital control for quick and easy temperature changes.

2. Additional Massage Table Fleece Padding
A fleece pad is the most popular type of plush covering as it provides additional cushion and comfort. Try the affordable NRG Fleece Massage Table Pad and Face Rest Cover. This machine washable table pad features 1″ thick fleece which will keep your clients warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

3. Massage Sheets
Once you have your table warmer and additional padding in place, layer your fitted sheet on top, followed by a flat sheet which will be your top sheet. Try the NRG Deluxe Massage Sheet Set which includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet and a face cradle cover. This sheet set is designed for comfort, fit and extended use.

4. Massage Blanket
A blanket will provide that final layer of warmth for your client, particularly during colder months. Try the Matelesse Coverlet to add a touch of elegance to your treatment room. Available in 3 classic colors, this blanket is wrinkle resistant and easy to care for.

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How to Improve Massage Therapy Sessions

November 4th, 2013

Any professional who is truly passionate about his or her craft will go that extra mile to make sure that they are doing their absolute best.  As a massage therapist, this is especially important.  Your clients expect to feel less pain or more relaxed after a session.  In the field of massage therapy, one bad massage can easily hurt your reputation.  On the other hand, an amazing massage will certainly bring about new referrals and regular customers who return again and again.

Subtle details during a massage session can make all of the difference.  If you are doing your best to really improve a client’s experience, they will take notice.  The difference between a good massage therapist and a great one may not be apparent at a quick glance, but there is no doubt that clients can tell the difference, whether they realize it or not.  Here are some simple tips to keep in mind that will help you to make sure that you are meeting your full potential.

Remember to focus on each person’s individuality.  Yes, massage therapy is a job, but it is much more than that.  You are providing a service that promotes healing in the body and mind.  Your clients are trusting you to help them, and it is imperative that you do not let them down.  It can be easy to just go through the motions, thinking the client may never be any the wiser.  The problem is that they will go home assuming that their back pain just can’t be helped through massage.  They may not blame the therapist directly, but it is unlikely that they will return.

However, if you focus on the subtleties and intricacies of each individual, you will be able to perform massages that are much more effective.  Don’t think of the clients as just another body.  Each and every one of your massages should be personal and catered to their specific needs.  Of course, learning how to change things up from person to person is a skill that will come with time and experience.

Another way to improve your performance is to use massage tools.  Although some purists may say that the hands are the only way to really accomplish the best massage, using tools will allow you to save your hands for when and where they are needed most.  Massaging multiple people per day can certainly get exhausting, and if your hands are too tired, they may not be able to accomplish what they need to.  Using a tool allows you to give yourself a break, and they can also accomplish things that the human hand is not even capable of.

At MassageWarehouse.com, massage therapist enjoy a one-stop shop for professional quality massage products at the lowest prices available.  Rely on Massage Warehouse massage therapy supply and equipment needs.

Massage Warehouse SanctuaryTM Supports the Massage Therapy Foundation

October 31st, 2013

Massage Warehouse SanctuaryTM Supports the Massage Therapy Foundation

(October 17, Bolingbrook, IL) – Massage Warehouse SanctuaryTM made a charitable contribution of $10,750 to the Massage Therapy Foundation during the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) national convention in Ft. Worth, Texas.  It was Massage Warehouse Sanctuary’s largest single philanthropic donation to date.

“We are pleased to support the Massage Therapy Foundation in their mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by funding scientific research, education, and community service,” stated Earl DeCarli, President and CEO of Scrip Companies, the parent company of Massage Warehouse. “For example, the Foundation’s grant to research the role of massage therapy to potentially alleviate the side-effects of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy could be ground-breaking in helping cancer patients attain a higher quality of life during treatment.”

“Through our philanthropic arm, Massage Warehouse Sanctuary, we have a long history of supporting a variety of worthy organizations, educational institutions, and research efforts.  We are honored that Massage Warehouse Sanctuary and our partners can help the Foundation fund valuable community service grants such as providing massages for people made homeless by Hurricanes Irene and Lee and for the ‘Wounded Warriors’ of Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“Massage Warehouse Sanctuary has been a very valued sponsor of the Foundation for years. I am thrilled by the level of their contribution this year,” stated Ruth Werner, outgoing President of the Massage Therapy Foundation. “This gift will significantly advance the Foundation’s ability to support research on the importance and benefit of massage therapy, to provide the healing touch of massage to underserved populations in our country, and to further educate the industry on the value and need for research.”

Funds for the contribution came from corporate partners as well as donations in the form of prize raffles by recent AMTA trade show attendees.

The following contributing sponsors support the Massage Warehouse Sanctuary:

Massage Warehouse                                             Biofreeze/Performance Health
Biotone                                                                      Bon Vital
Core Products                                                          Kinesio
Massage and Bodywork Magazine/(ABMP)        Massage Magazine
Oakworks                                                                  SaWan
Soothing Touch                                                        Anatomy Supply Partners
At Peace Media                                                        Day Spa Association
Earthlite                                                                     Master Home Products
Naturich Labs                                                          Orthaheel
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About Massage Warehouse Sanctuary:

Massage Warehouse Sanctuary is the philanthropic arm of Massage Warehouse and has a long history of giving back to the massage therapy community. Massage Warehouse, the market leading supplier and one-stop shop for massage therapy professionals, is a division of Scrip Companies; a leading direct marketing and ecommerce specialty distributor serving the Massage Therapy, Spa, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation, and Consumer Home Health and Wellness markets.

About the Massage Therapy Foundation:

Although two separate organizations, the Massage Therapy Foundation was founded by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) in 1990 with the mission of advancing the profession by granting funds for research, community service, education initiatives, and conferences.

Contact:

Julie Lohmeier, Massage Warehouse

jlohmeier@scripco.com

630-771-7408

www.massagewarehouse.com

 

Gini Ohlson

gohlson@massagetherapyfoundation.org

847-905-1520

http://www.massagetherapyfoundation.org

 

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Preparing your Massage Practice for Winter

October 25th, 2013

Preparing for Winter
With colder weather on the horizon, it’s time to get your practice and your clients ready for the harsh realities of Winter. Follow these tips to protect your clients from the cold both during their treatment as well as at home.

Preparing your Massage Table
· Invest in a massage table warmer to provide controlled warmth.
· Dress your table with thicker sheets such as NRG Deluxe Flannel Massage Sheets.
· Keep a massage blanket on hand to offer to your client for an additional layer of warmth.

Preparing your Massage Treatments
· Use thicker massage lubricants such as massage creams or body butters to provide a stronger barrier for your clients’ skin against cold weather.

· Offer gentle facial treatments to your clients to combat the dry, dull skin tone that comes with colder climates.
· Provide paraffin treatments for clients concerned about dry skin

Preparing your Clients
Encourage your clients to continue to protect their skin against harsh weather by retailing massage creams and body butters for at-home use. To nourish dry hands and feet, suggest applying a generous coat of cream at night and cover with gloves and socks while they sleep.

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Creating a Relaxing Massage Environment

October 18th, 2013

Creating a Relaxing Environment
Prepare your massage room with these relaxing elements to create a comfortable and soothing environment for your clients.

Aromatherapy
Proper use of aromatherapy can positively impact your client’s mind and emotion. Choose subtle scents and essential oils that don’t overpower.

Massage Music
Music is an integral part of the client experience as it soothes the soul and sets a mood.

Massage Table Sheets
Aside from your hands, your table linens are the items which come into direct contact the most with your client. Soft, clean sheets that are in good shape and odor free are a must for a quality massage experience.

Massage Candles
Candles add warmth, soft lighting and an ambiance that is conducive to rest, relaxation and stress reduction.

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Body Scrubs & Polishes

October 14th, 2013

Body Scrubs & Polishes
When the temperature begins to drop, in comes dry, flaky skin. Stock up now on the treatment items you’ll need to meet the growing demand for scrubs that keep skin looking soft and healthy. Offering a scrub service in conjunction with a seasonal scented product can make your treatment even more exciting and enticing for your client.

 

Salt and Sugar Scrubs
These treatment products use oils that work in concert with the salt or sugar to provide a medium that both exfoliates and rehydrates the skin.

Body Polishes
This type of exfoliant utilizes cream rather than oil and seeds rather than salt and sugar. This product works into the skin and virtually disappears.

Body Butters and Oils
Offer these products that match the scent profile of your scrub as a retail item for your client. This is something they’ll likely be interested in taking home to extend the feeling of soft, supple skin.

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Bare Ease on Shark Tank the TV show

October 11th, 2013

Dr. Edna’s BareEase products will be featured on an upcoming episode of Shark Tank.

The episode will air 10/18/13 at 9pm est

About Shark Tank: The critically-acclaimed business-themed show, Shark Tank, has the Sharks continuing the search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Sharks — tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons — will once again give budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires. They are: billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary.

Bare Ease Cream 0.3 OZ
This cream is great for waxing or laser hair removal . It works to numb your skin for 15-20 minutes thereby easing the pain associated with hair removal.

Bare Ease Prep Kit For Advanced Numbing
This kit is all you need to prep for  waxing or laser hair removal. It works to numb your skin for 15-20 minutes to ease the pain associated with hair removal treatments.

Bare Ease Intro Kit
Miss smarty pants BareEASE Intro Kit is numbing cream and panty for use before waxing or laser hair removal.  It works to numb your skin for 15-20 minutes to ease the pain associated with hair removal treatments.

Numb Nuts Cream
Miss smarty pants BareEase Numb Nuts Cream is Manscaper’s Pain Relieving Cream designed for men to prevent unnecessary pain due to waxing sensitive areas.

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