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  • Frozen Massagearita – Signature Massage Treatment

    June 1st, 2016

    Frozen Massagearita – Signature Massage Treatment

    Chill out with a stimulating treatment that will awaken the senses and relax tense muscles. This treatment is designed to take you to St. Somewhere!

    Benefits: Reduces tension in the body, uplifts the mind and rejuvenates the skin.

    Products Needed:


    Time: 6o minutes

    Cost per Treatment: $26.80

    • Treatment: $3.60
    • Take Home Product: $23.20

    Suggested Charge per Treatment: $85- $125

    Aromatherapy Recipe: To prepare the signature Massagearita Oil, add 10 drops of Lime Essential Oil and 2 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil to 2 oz of Coconut Oil. Gently shake to combine the oils.

    Begin with your client in the supine position:

    1. The Face & Scalp

    Add a few drops of Massagearita oil in your hand, rub together and hold above your client’s face for them to inhale, taking 3 long deep breaths. Begin Swedish Massage treatment with gentle circular strokes to the scalp. Place the chilled eye mask on client.

    1. The Upper Extremities

    Move on to the neck and trapezius. Apply gentle stretches to the neck. Massage each arm.

    1. The Lower Extremities

    Massage each leg beginning with the feet.

    Remove eye mask and turn client to the prone position:

    1. The Back

    Turn sheet down to client’s hip and place a warm towel infused with essential oils on client’s back. Use compression strokes over warm towel beginning at the trapezius and work down the back. Remove the towel while still warm. Apply Massagearita oil to client’s back. When finished with back massage, use another warm towel to remove any additional massage oil on client. Using a Biofreeze roll-on, apply a light application to the paraspinals and trapezius. Cover client’s back with sheet. Complete a Swedish massage – arms, then legs. As you finish each leg, end with a long gliding stroke from the ankle, up the leg, over the glutes and back, rounding off at the shoulder and coming back down the arm and hands to the leg. Complete the stroke by lifting off at the ankle. Adjust top sheet over the client.

    1. The Finish

    End the massage with gentle rocking strokes along each side of the body.

    1. Take Home

    The cost of the eye mask, the Lime roll-on essential oil and Biofreeze roll-on is baked into the treatment cost. Send home with your client to encourage them to continue their spa experience.

    Treatment created by Katie Haley, LMT, Debbie Kirsch, LMT and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT

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



    May 24th, 2016


    Most spas offer some form of specialized massage and seaweed-based treatment for clients wishing to improve the condition of cellulite. While these treatments are not panaceas for this common condition, they can temporarily improve the dimpled appearance in certain areas, and for this clients are willing to pay a good price.

    The treatment incorporates three vital components to aid in accomplishing the desired effects: a stimulating exfoliation using loofah or dry bristle brush, a targeted wrap using Firmi-Sea Body Mud and firming therapeutic complex, and vigorous massage using skin rolling and percussive techniques to maximize circulation to the area. A fourth component of hydrotherapy is beneficial if you have a hydrotherapy tub with high-powered underwater massage hose available.

    This treatment is a great way to generate retail sales and series sales (5 or 10 pre-paid Firmi-Sea Targeted Cellulite Treatments).

    Note: Always be sure to include a DISCLAIMER in your brochures, menus, and other materials, stating that clients need to include exercise, diet, lifestyle considerations, and plenty of WATER CONSUMPTION (64 ounces per day), in addition to use of the Biotone Spa products, in order to achieve optimal results.


    • 90 MINUTES


    • $90 – $120
    • $800 – $1000 SERIES OF TEN











    1. (Optional) Perform a consultation and assessment prior to beginning this treatment, especially in the case of a series, for which clients pay a large amount. Talk to the client about lifestyle issues and her willingness to dedicate herself to the program for the duration of treatment. With client in bathing suit or underwear, assess visible signs of cellulite.
    2. Client begins face down. Starting at the client’s left leg, use loofah or dry bristle brush to perform a VIGOROUS exfoliation in circular motions beginning just above the knee and working to the buttocks, finishing at the upper waist for a total of 3 – 5 minutes, focusing on target areas (cellulite). Exfoliate arms from elbow to the upper triceps area, cupping the elbow to support the arm. Re-cover the client’s leg and repeat on right side. Client should be forewarned about the stimulating nature of this step, which differs substantially from regular exfoliation.
    3. Client turns over. Insert a breast and pelvic towel at this time. Then beginning at client’s right leg, use same vigorous exfoliation beginning above the knee and work up to the high waist for a total of 3-5 minutes. Drape the client with a bath sheet from the feet to the waist.
    4. Mix 40 drops Firming Customizing Complex into ½ cup Firmi-Sea Body Mud, warm mixture in hydrocollator, roaster, or other unit (microwave not recommended), and apply to target areas, including hips, thighs, buttocks, stomach, and backs of upper arms. Beginning at bottom right corner of table, have client bend right leg at the knee and place right foot flat on the table to expose outer thigh, rolling slightly to the left. Start at the knee and apply mud beginning on the outside of the leg above the knee to the buttocks. Apply to right hand side of back at this time. Apply to inner thigh. Cover upper leg with plastic. Proceed to arm and apply mud from elbow to triceps. Cover arm with plastic. Repeat on left side of the body. Spread mixture beyond target areas as well, but there is no need to cover lower legs, upper back, chest, etc.
    5. Wrap client in layers, first with plastic wrap, then thermal blanket and cotton or wool blanket. Allow to rest for 20 –25 minutes. During this time, you may optionally apply reflexology to the feet, focusing on lymphatic drainage points.
    6. Beginning at lower left corner, unwrap client and remove mud. Mud removal starts on outer thigh, inner thigh of opposite leg, buttocks, waist and then arm, using the moist towels or assist to a shower. As the leg is cleansed, have the client lift that hip while you roll/fold the plastic wrap and thermal blanket under and away from the body. Repeat on the other leg. Remove the plastic/thermal blanket from the table entirely and have client lie on the clean flat sheet. Cover client with bath sheet to prevent chilling.
    7. Use 1 tablespoon of replenishing light oil mixed with 4 – 6 drops of firming Customizing Complex to perform a firm massage to targeted areas (outer & inner thigh, buttocks, upper waist, arms) for 30 minutes, focusing on skin rolling and tapotement techniques. You can also to have your cellulite massage oil pre-mixed, with 80 drops of firming Customizing Complex in an 8 oz. bottle.
    8. Cellulite massage technique: With client face up, begin at the bottom of the table with left leg, then the right, abdomen, arms, then have client turn over, massage left leg, then right, buttocks, waist, then arms. (This segment takes twenty minutes total. Ten for the front and ten for the back.) For each targeted area, apply these techniques, using the following procedures:
      1. Apply product with long strokes. Repeat 3 times during one minute period.
      2. Next, use knuckle effleurage in long strokes. Repeat 3 times during one minute period.
      3. Then use small skin rolling technique pushing with the thumbs and pulling with the fingers. This technique can be done moving up the leg as well as across the leg. Repeat 3 times during one minute period.
      4. Use an open handed percussion. Repeat 3 times during one minute period.
      5. Finish with deeper long strokes. Repeat 3 times during one minute period.
      6. For Abdomen use long strokes, skin rolling and deeper long strokes. Avoid knuckle effleurage and percussion.
      7. If arms are treated, use longs strokes, effleurage, knuckle strokes and deep long strokes, concentrating on triceps. Percussion and skin rolling techniques can be used on arms when client is face down.
    9. Finish with an overall body application of body butter mixed with firming Customizing Complex, focusing once again on target areas.


    HYDRO: If a hydrotherapy tub with high-pressure underwater manual massage hose is available, use this treatment for 20 – 25 minutes prior to the start of the above procedure and charge more for the overall treatment ($30 more per treatment, $250 more per series).

    H2O: Advise clients that in order to maximize the effects of this treatment they should drink plenty of water. Recommended minimum: 2 liters (approximately 64 ounces) of pure fresh water a day while treatment series is in progress.

    DISCLAIMER: There is only so much you can do to aid a client’s transformation. During a series of cellulite treatments, suggest she follow a healthy high-fiber diet and do some sort of cardiovascular activity in order to highlight effects of treatment.

    HOME CARE: The effects of the Biotone Spa Targeted Cellulite Treatment can be amplified if your client takes home a treatment kit for self-use. Biotone will be developing new home-care kits for this and other services in the future.

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

    Coconut Lime Delight – Signature Massage Treatment

    May 21st, 2016

    Coconut Lime Delight – Signature Massage Treatment

    Escape to a tropical paradise with the delightful scent of coconut and lime. This aromatherapy treatment uses heated coconut compresses and lime essential oil to quench thirsty skin.

    Benefits: Uplifting for the mind, gentle exfoliation for the skin, providing an overall youthful glow.



    Products Needed:

    Time: 6o minutes

    Cost per Treatment: $26.39

    • Treatment: $17.50
    • Take Home Product: $8.89

    Suggested Charge per Treatment: $125- $175

    Aromatherapy Recipe: You put the lime in the coconut and mix it all up! Add 10 drops of Lime Essential Oil to 1 oz of Coconut Oil. Gently shake to combine the oils.

    PRIOR to treatment:

    Preheat Coconut Compresses.

    Begin with your client in the supine position:

    1. The Upper Extremities

    Place the chilled eye mask on your client. Add a few drops of the Coconut Lime Delight oil in your hands, rub together and hold above your client’s face for them to inhale, taking 3 long deep breaths. Begin with gentle effleurage strokes over the shoulders and neck. Apply compression strokes to shoulders and neck using the coconut compresses. After using the warmed coconut compresses for approximately five minutes, place them back in the warmer. Continue with Swedish strokes. Apply a light application of the Coconut Lime Delight oil using effleurage and compression massage techniques over the right hand, forearm and upper arm. Return compresses to steamer. Continue with Swedish strokes to the arm. Repeat on left hand, forearm and upper arm.

    1. The Lower Extremities

    Using a light application of the Coconut Lime Delight oil, apply effleurage and compression massage techniques over the left foot and leg. Finish with coconut compresses. Return compresses to steamer. Continue with Swedish strokes to the leg. Repeat on right foot and leg.

    Remove eye mask and turn client to the prone position:

    1. The Back

    Apply a light application of the Coconut Lime Delight oil using effleurage strokes over the back of the left leg. Using the coconut compresses, apply effleurage and compression massage techniques over the back of the left leg. Return compresses to steamer. Continue with Swedish strokes to the leg. Repeat on the right leg. Undrape the client’s back and apply the Coconut Lime Delight oil using effleurage and Swedish massage strokes over the entire back. Using the coconut compresses, apply effleurage and compression strokes over the entire back. Continue with Swedish strokes to the back.

    1. The Finish

    To finish the back, apply warm, moist towels scented with lime essential oil using compression strokes. To complete the treatment, offer client a glass of plain water or coconut water with lime.

    1. Take Home

    The cost of the eye mask and the coconut compress is baked into the treatment cost. Send home with your client to encourage them to continue their spa experience.

    Special Notes:

    Advise clients to avoid direct sunlight after receiving the Coconut Lime Delight treatment. The use of lime essential oil may make skin more sensitive to UV light. The same Swedish massage contraindications apply to this treatment.

    Treatment created exclusively for Massage Warehouse by Katie Haley, LMT, Debbie Kirsch, LMT and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT

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

    Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions to Gain Massage Clients

    May 20th, 2016

    Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions to Gain Massage Clients

    By Angie Patrick

    Gaining and retaining clients is one of the most important tasks you will face in your career as a therapist. You may be one of the world’s most naturally gifted therapists, proficient in multiple modalities, with a strong and impressive education and certifications to cover the walls. You may have a beautifully finished table, with the most comfortable and luxurious appointments, and a treatment space that is tranquil and healing. You may even have harps and violins playing live in your space! But in the end, none of this is financially fruitful for you if the client does not know about it, experience it, and return for more.

    You may think your role is that of a therapist; but as an entrepreneur, your role is far wider than that. One of the most important roles you fill is that of being a proficient marketer. Marketing is not scary, and in reality, it can be quite fun. Even if it is not in your nature to “sell,” you should definitely learn how to gain interest for your practice with the public, give a compelling and interesting reason for them to try your services, provide a unique and positive experience whilst on your table, and learn to engage them on a regular basis to keep them coming back for more. I know there are therapists out there who are not tech savvy, or are afraid of building business pages on social media. What I am about to share with you is about as low-tech as you can get, so anyone can do it. This process is really not as hard as it sounds, and if you can think a season, a need, and a likely place to find candidates, you can build on that.

    Starting with a Season

    Let’s use spring as the example. We all love spring, and with the flowers and blossoms come a number of opportunities to utilize in order to reach out to potential clients in a meaningful way. Spring is a season when people get out into the yard and begin caring for their lawns, pools, and gardens. After long months of looking at the inside of their homes, they look forward to the time when they can get in the sunshine and work up a sweat. While everyone can appreciate the work that goes into keeping your place in tip top shape, this can also mean these clients with green thumbs and sparkling pools have sore muscles. This would be the need, a potential client in need of massage to help with sore muscles after overworking them. In order to find likely candidates who may be experiencing issues, consider reaching out to your local nurseries, home stores, and pool supplies and see if you can leave a stack of business cards along with a framed sign with the details of your business, perhaps with the targeted message concerning your skill at helping with sore muscles resulting from gardening. Include an introductory offer, specially priced for customers of the business you have targeted. The business you approach will see this as an added benefit for their clients as you have a deal created specifically for them, and the client will feel a connection as you are speaking to the very thing they are experiencing at the moment; sore muscles from yardwork.

    Another example

    Consider spring as an opportunity to reach out to those who have been held captive by winter, to escape and go out to play the sports they love. These might include golfing, rock climbing, softball, baseball or even fishing. All of these sports require repetitive motion, and with this kind of motion, the opportunity for injury or soreness abounds. Sports massage is a highly sought after skill set, particularly if those who are playing the sports have been less active over the winter, or are weekend warriors. Let’s take the same idea we had for the home improvement clients, and apply it to these sports enthusiasts.

    You can reach out to golf courses, indoor sports arenas, sporting goods stores, and pro shops with the same outreach request. You can even target your local gyms. Tailor the message to meet the client needs of the establishment you approach. For example, you might look at a fishing pro shop, and have your sign speak about being sore from reeling in “the big ones,” and how you can help relieve some of the shoulder and lower back issues these sportsmen may face.

    You can likely come up with a number of scenarios and places you can connect with in order to reach potential customers. In every case, you should provide an incentive for them to call in the first place. An appealing introductory price is a great start. You may also wish to include an incentive for an additional perk should they also bring a friend. This perk can be an add-on treatment at no charge, or a small gift with purchase. Maybe even a deal that allows the client to buy one treatment session, and get another for a friend at 25% off. The goal is for them to bring you another potential client to the table, and allow you the opportunity to book them an appointment as well.

    Once you have established your relationship with the businesses in allowing your cards and information to be shared on their premises, you might inquire if they have a weekly, monthly or quarterly newsletter that goes to their clients. In many cases, these businesses market in a host of arenas, not the least of which may be a targeted email to their client base with information the client may wish to read. If they do, you should inquire as to whether they would entertain an ad, or an offer for your services to be included. They may well charge a fee, and if so, weigh out the cost to see if it makes sense for you and your budget. Seeing your business name in alignment with a company they already frequent and trust can serve as a manner of endorsement, and keep your name top of mind should they have a need, or hear of someone in need of a therapist.

    Once you have a robust list of clients, you should consider your own newsletter. In this newsletter, you can share information that massage clients may find interesting. You can create your own content, or you can also share research findings showing the efficacy of massage therapy in specific instances. In each newsletter, I would suggest making an offer of some kind to engage the client, and compel them to book an appointment. Again, this can be a discounted price, a buy one get one offer, or even something as simple as a free beverage in the quiet room before a treatment. Your imagination is your only limit.

    In a world filled with technological marketing solutions and social media advertising, it is still possible to find ways to inform the public of your existence, your abilities, and your business using a less technical approach. This is not to say you should forsake all technology. In fact, I suggest you do embark on educating yourself on the proper uses of social media, online marketing and website development. But if you are looking for grass roots, low cost-low tech means to get the ball rolling, I am in hopes you will find these suggestions of use. I would love to hear your success stories. To share your grass roots marketing story, email me at apatrick@massagewarehouse.com.


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

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    BIOTONE SPA Exfoli-Sea Salt Glow

    May 3rd, 2016

    BIOTONE SPA Exfoli-Sea Salt Glow

    The Salt Glow, also called the Spa Glow or Sea Salt Scrub, is similar to the body polish in that it too is an exfoliation treatment. But there are many differences between the two as well. In the salt glow, dead sea salt is used exclusively for the entire half hour, rather than a combination of exfoliating ingredients. This makes the treatment both more intense because of the granularity of the salt. Male visitors to spas are often fans of this treatment because it is so highly stimulating to rough, neglected skin. Most salts, including the Biotone Spa Exfoli-Sea Salt Glow ingredients, used in exfoliation treatments come from the Dead Sea in Israel. With ten times the salt of sea water, The Dead Sea offers high concentrations of the following minerals: Magnesium Chloride for fluid retention & stress; Potassium Chloride for sore muscles; Calcium for pain relief. They also help relieve minor aches and pains, nervous stress, and psoriatric skin. The Dead Sea crystals are the perfect size for a stimulating yet not-too-abrasive scrub. They are more powerful than other exfoliating agents, though, and people with sensitive skin should approach them with caution. Female clients should be warned not to shave their legs 12 hours prior to a salt glow (use Biotone Spa Micro-Buff Body Polish in this case). The Biotone Spa Exfoli-Sea Salt Glow uses a unique triple-layer salt formula that achieves a more thorough exfoliation than normal salts with a single grain size. After this treatment, the client will enjoy the benefits of highly-mineralized salts soaking through the pores, and skin be perfectly prepared for a subsequent application of spa products.






    • LUFFA









    Prior to beginning you can discuss intended outcomes of the treatment and also provide the client an opportunity to select a Customizing Complex.

    1. While client is undressing for treatment, leave to prepare your body treatments. Dispense ¼ cup salt (Exfoliator) into a mixing bowl. Add 10-15 drops (or 1/8 teaspoon) Customizing Complex. Mix well. Important: You can choose to use Body Butter, Hydrating Lotion, or Replenishing Light Oil, depending on your preference. If you choose butter for your finishing moisturizer, dispense 1 tablespoon butter into mixing bowl with 10-15 drops Customizing Complex. Heat slightly before mixing thoroughly with fingers. Spatula will not mix this product. If you choose Replenishing Light Oil, add 10-15 drops Customizing Complex per ounce in a bottle. Hydrating Lotions are pre-mixed with customizing complex and can be warmed as well prior to application.
    2. Return to room. Nestle the exfoliator in your towel cabinet, hydrocollator, or roaster for maximum heating, or place in hot water bath to heat.
    3. As you begin this step of the treatment, let your client know the special benefits of the product you are applying. Note: Undrape and recover the client as appropriate during the product application to prevent chilling and respect modesty. During exfoliation keep your hands flat and use the fingers as well as the palms. This is not a massage movement.
    4. Start with a quarter-size dab of salt. Add more as needed. Begin on the lower body by spreading the exfoliator in an upward direction along the full length of the client’s left leg. Then returning to the ankles, vigorously scrub the skin using small circular movements on each side and back of leg, slowly moving in an upward direction until you have also scrubbed the buttocks. Avoid strong pressure on the back of the knee. Repeat 2-3 times, for a total time of one minute, ending with one long stroke to the foot. Then scrub the foot liberally.
    5. Re-drape left leg. Move to the right leg and repeat. Cover client’s lower body with bath sheet when finished.
    6. Dispense a quarter-size dab of salt. Move to the upper right side of the table and apply the exfoliator first on back, then arms, and the hands. Starting on the lower back, vigorously scrub skin using large circular stokes, moving then to mid–back, upper-back and then shoulders.
    7. Stabilize the client’s right arm on the table by holding the forearm against the table with your left hand. Then exfoliate the entire arm. You can lift the arm and let it hang from the table, supporting at the elbow, to exfoliate the elbow. Repeat on the left arm. Repeat on elbows and rough patches. Total time for the back/shoulder/arm/hand exfoliation is 3-5 minutes. Re-drape the client’s upper body.
    8. Remove exfoliator with warm moist towels. Test towel heat before application to the client.
    9. Starting with the client’s left leg, lay the hand towel over the full length of the leg. Press the towel against the leg to moisten the exfoliator. Fold the towel in half lengthwise and then remove the exfoliator working from the top of the leg down to the foot. Reverse the fold of towel and repeat. Lay a fresh warm towel on the client’s back lengthwise. Press the towel against the back to moisten the exfoliator. Fold the towel in half lengthwise and remove the exfoliator working from the lower back to the upper back and then arm. Repeat. Reverse fold of towel and repeat removal on other arm.
    10. When product removal is complete, lean against the lower bath sheet to secure it, and then hold up the upper bath sheet between you and the client and instruct the client to turn over. Re-cover them with the bath sheet.
    11. Dispense a quarter-size amount of exfoliator. Standing next to the table, and starting with the client’s right leg, apply the exfoliator to complete length of the leg. Then returning to the ankles, vigorously scrub the skin using small circular movements on each side and front of leg, slowly moving in upward direction until you have reached the top of the leg. When exfoliating the knee, stabilize the kneecap with one hand while exfoliating with the other. Use the flat of your fingers and exfoliate both sides of the knee at the same time. When finished exfoliating the leg and the knee, move to the foot. Cup the heal in your right hand, and with left hand, use small circular motions to exfoliate the top of the foot. Recover the client’s right leg. Repeat on the client’s left leg. Total time for both legs 2-3 minutes.
    12. Move to the top of the table. As you fold the bath sheet down and away from the client’s chest area, insert a breast towel as appropriate. Dispense a quart-size amount of exfoliator. Standing on the client’s left side, apply the exfoliator to the client’s stomach with small circular movements. Move to the head of the table and apply exfoliator to the décolletage. Stabilize the client’s shoulders with one of your hands, one at a time, and you exfoliate the décolletage with the other. Avoid the breasts.
    13. Step to the client’s left side of the table. Stabilize the client’s arm with one of your hands while you exfoliate with the other. Use small circular movements to exfoliate. Step to other side of table and repeat. Total time 3-5 minutes.
    14. Remove exfoliator as before. Use one hand towel for upper body and one for lower body. Avoid direct pressure on the kneecap during exfoliator removal. Cover client with the bath sheet as each section is cleansed to avoid chilling.
    15. At this point in the treatment, you can finish with a 5 minute application of a hydrating lotion, smoothing butter, or proceed with a massage therapy service. If applying a butter, mix in the Customizing Complex thoroughly with fingers prior to application. As you begin this step of the treatment, let your client know the special benefits of the product you are applying and also inform them about retail products available to prolong the benefits and results of the treatments they received. Note: If client receives a wrap directly after exfoliation, skip steps 15 – 17 and proceed to the wrap application. Alternatively, the application of body butter or lotion can be extended to a full hour or ½ hour massage, making the total treatment time an hour or 1½ hours.
    16. Undrape and re-cover the client as appropriate while you apply the finishing lotion or butter. Start with the right leg first, then left leg, stomach, décolletage, left arm, then right arm. When applying finishing product to the stomach, use a breast towel to cover the client.
    17. When finished with application to the front, remove the lower bath sheet by having the client roll first to her left side, then her right, sliding it from beneath her, while holding up the upper bath sheet for modesty. Have the client turn over onto her stomach. Apply lubricant starting with the left leg, then right, and finish with upper back. When treatment is complete, leave the room and let the client rest until they are ready to get dressed.

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

    Multi-Purpose Massage Cream Face-off

    April 18th, 2016

    Multi-Purpose Massage Cream Face-off

    by Nathan Nordstrom

    Have you ever gone to work at a different office and found out they do not use your favorite massage cream? With all the massage cream companies out there, it was sure to happen to me. I wanted to know what the differences are between as many creams as I could get my hands on. Here is my attempt.

    I will be playing the role of the pseudo-researcher in this article. I have no scientific backing other than my experience. I hope to give you an idea so you can make the best choice of products for you. I do not sell any of these products and have no vested interest in what you use, so, with that being said: I hope you like what you are using or might be trying as a result of reading on.

    I work in both a spa and a clinical massage therapy office. In my research, I used all four products for a day in each setting. I wanted to figure out what gave me the best results for many different techniques I may use in different settings. I also asked all my co-workers and my family for their insights.

    Product number 1: Biotone Dual-Purpose Massage Crème
    Biotone cream has a light arnica & ivy extracts scent. I have a refillable tube that I really like. It has a flip top that I leave open during each massage. It is easy to sanitize between clients. It is also a quite thick cream and did not leak even with the lid open. It goes for $1.23 per ounce for the 14 fl oz jar. It claims to wash out of sheets and have no residue on skin. I found it has a fast absorption speed and leaves a slight oily feel. I really like this product for myofascial work.

    Product number 2: Lotus Touch Multi-Purpose Massage Cream
    This Lotus Touch cream has a very similar fresh fragrance of arnica and ivy like Biotone’s. I think it is a bit more fragrant, but I also like the smell. The price for a 16 fl oz jar is $0.95 per ounce. It claims to have no nut oils, be water dispersible, and leave no stains. I found it has a slow absorption speed and leaves a slightly oily feel. I really enjoyed using this product in the spa. I found I did not need to use very much because it continued to keep a slight glide. In the clinic, one client stated, “I felt a bit oily at the end of the massage; not bad, but a bit oily.”

    Product number 3: Bon Vital Massage Crème Multi-Purpose with Jojoba
    Bon Vital was the creamiest of the products I tried. It came out more like sour cream than the others. It was almost like a softer butter. This texture was unnoticeable to the clients but noticeable to me as a therapist trying to spread the product. This is the only one of the four that I would call truly “fragrance-free.” This product comes in a jar; however, it also has a pump on the lid. You can also get a holster for these jars if you want to commit to this product. As for price, it was $1.27 per ounce for the 14 fl oz jar. Not bad if you are looking at also getting the pump. They claim to have “no nut oils” and be paraben-free (I have no clue what these are; however, I do not think they are good).
    I find it to have a moderate absorption speed and leaves little to NO oily feel. This was an issue at the spa. I found I needed to use more cream because there was no residual oil left. I felt like this would work best at a sports event or even a community event because people would not feel greasy after its use.

    Product number 4: TheraPro Multi-Purpose Massage Cream infused with Jojoba & Avocado Oils
    TheraPro was also very light to fragrance-free. It stood out in several ways in comparison to the other creams. First thing is that they tell you it has nuts in it, so if you have clients with nut allergies, this is not the product for them. On their label, they claim “Quality ingredients like jojoba and avocado oil separate this cream from all others…” I also liked that the 14 fl. Oz. Jar was a steal at $0.72 per ounce. I noticed it stood in the middle of the pack for absorption speed and leaving an oily feel. The texture of this product was an little bit of an issue because of its thickness – it came out in chunks. I usually like to grab and go with my lubricants; I needed to disperse the cream between both hands before it was spread enough to apply to the client.

    Overall each cream had its own strengths. I would use each one in a different way. I hope to keep all four around so I can choose the right product for the right client. I think that is one of the benefits of being a professional: if your clients don’t know, they should be able to ask you for your expertise. If you have a multi-purpose massage cream you like, please leave its name and why you like it in the comments below. I hope to hear from you about your favorite products.


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    The Boston Marathon Start Line is Getting Closer…

    April 5th, 2016

    The Boston Marathon Start Line is Getting Closer…

    David is getting closer to stepping on what is known as the holy-grail for most runners…the start line for the 2016 Boston Marathon. With the help of his corporate partner, Massage Warehouse David is training for a world class event. David also has been using some of their wonderful products as part of his training regimen. 

    David is running on behalf of the Massage Therapy Foundation. Support his Run for Research today by making a donation to his fundraising campaign at https://www.crowdrise.com/massagetherapyboston2016/fundraiser/davidotto

    You are getting closer to hitting the start line for the Boston Marathon. You are about 40% to your fundraising goal. Are you doing anything unique to reach your final goal? How are your supporters reacting to your cause?

     Every opportunity to ask someone in person for a donation for the Foundation is a unique opportunity – this is the part of my journey to Boston that is challenging and rewarding at the same time. People with whom I am also friends on Facebook and follow on Twitter see me in real life and ask “How is the running going?”. They recognize me from my running posts and I tell the impact that they have when donating to the Foundation. The individual conversations are great and give me the chance to ask them to donate to my campaign. It is the unique interactions on social media that help me reach MORE people that can help me get to my fundraising goal. Videos that I produce, responding to comments, and asking people to share the love are also unique features of what I am doing daily to keep the excitement going! I love sharing my experiences along the way – my journey to Boston is a way to get support for the Foundation and get to hear “Good luck running the Boston Marathon, David!”

    40% is a Wonderful place to be in – 100% is BETTER! 100% provides the Foundation with the tools to share research iniatives with massage therapy professionals

    It is REALLY important that the MTF has the opportunity to continue to participate in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program.  The Massage Therapy Foundation raises funds that come from people – people like you and me – and from the people that are Team MTF’s corporate partners like Massage Warehouse. The MTF depends on people to continue its work to move the massage therapy profession forward.

    Please help me reach my $10,000 Goal Today!


    Your runs are getting longer leading up to race day. The Theraband Exercise Ball is great for maximizing stretching and increasing flexibility. It is also great for strengthening the abdomen, back, thighs, and legs. Do you feel that it is a good addition to your training regimen?

    Most-definitely! Theraband’s Exercise Ball is, to me, as a runner, like Linus to his blanket. It is comfort training!  I do a couple of the general stretching exercises for my post-run recovery and core stability for prep to have a strong trunk for long-run endurance. Getting into and maintaining natural spine positioning is my goal and the ball helps me do that comfortably!



    The  Lotus Touch Body Scrub is great after a massage or as a stand-alone treatment to keep your skin healthy. With the constant weather change, how do you feel it keeps your skin in good condition during your training?

    I am using the Green Tea Lemongrass Scrub in the shower daily to help defer the drying effects of (sweat) salt on my skin, which is increasing in frequency as the weather gets warmer. I dehydrate a lot quicker in the field and am drinking more water on my runs. Augmenting my skin care regimen with a sugar scrub has made my skin smoother and more hydrated with the essential and basic oils in the scrub AND gotten several comments about how good it smells. Having worked in a spa environment, I can see how this scrub could add to a skin care package and be on a menu that features a more-complete bodywork experience!


    You can purchase these wonderful massage supplies from Massage Warehouse.

    You can support David’s efforts on his journey to Boston here.

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    Seeing the Mess Right in Front of You: A Spring Cleaning Checklist

    March 23rd, 2016

    Seeing the Mess Right in Front of You: A Spring Cleaning Checklist

    By Angie Patrick

    We have all done it. When left to our own devices in waiting rooms, exam rooms, massage rooms, gyms and other healthcare-related locations, we all either consciously or subconsciously do a mental sweep for cleanliness. We all want to believe the place in which we visit and choose to place our trust keeps an orderly household and is free from cross contaminating issues. And whether we are aware of it or not, a mis-step here by staff or the proprietor can color your thinking of the practice or facility. We hold these providers to a higher standard of cleanliness than we often do within our own homes. Finding something that goes against your expectations for cleanliness can indeed sour your confidence in the provider a bit. Depending on the offending infraction, it may even result in you leaving the provider in search of cleaner grounds.

    The Waiting Room

    Let’s start with the waiting room. You may be thinking, “How much could possibly go wrong there?” Well, it is more than you think! The waiting room is the very first impression the client gets of what may lay ahead. Consider your clients sitting idly by, waiting for you to be clear of a previous client. What are they doing while they wait? Some are looking at their phones, checking email or web surfing. Some may be looking at magazines you have placed in your waiting area. Others may have nothing else to occupy them besides looking at your room and inspecting the elements within it.

    Have you looked at the corners both high and low? Are there dust bunnies or cobwebs? Sometimes, behind the door can be easily missed by staff and cleaning crews and may well need attention. If you have artwork hanging, have you looked at the glass and frame for accumulated dust? Are your tables, shelves and counter tops free of clutter and dust? Are the plants healthy and watered? Do your retail offerings look tired and old? Does your retail display have gaps or need replenishing? If you have magazines, are they current or are they 6 to 12 months old? Missing these key areas can give your client the mental image of your practice being one that pays little attention to detail. If that is not the impression you would like to leave in the mind of your client, take some time to look at your waiting area with fresh eyes and work to declutter and cleanse the space.

    The Treatment Room

    Next, let’s discuss the treatment room. In this space, your client may disrobe, place personal items someplace within the room, and avail themselves to the comforts of your table. Beginning from the moment they enter the space, what are the first impressions? Does it smell clean or of essential oils, or does it smell like the breakroom with lunchtime leftovers from the previous night’s dinner? If you work in your home, does your cat box or other pet odor greet your clients upon entering? Does your space please the olfactory senses, or are there any faint unpleasant odors? If you cannot tell, ask a friend to check this for you periodically, as you may no longer be able to detect any unpleasant scents.

    Visually, inspect your treatment room for many of the same issue we inspected the waiting room. However, in this case, you are going to go a step or two further. Consider what the client sees in your room from several perspectives, first being standing upright and walking into the room. What do they see at eye level and on the floor? When they look up, are your light bulbs all operable? Is there adequate lighting for them to complete tasks involved in preparing for treatment? Is there a place for them to place their personal effects with care, and not have them simply tossed on a chair? Is the place for their personal items something that can be wiped clean between clients?

    The second place of inspection should be from a table perspective. The client will be spending a great deal of time here, and unless you get on your table and take a look, you may be missing some cleaning issues. Are the shelves, cubbies, counters and table tops seen from this angle free of dust, prints and debris? Are your chair legs free of dust and webs? As you will be able to see the underside of tables and carts, are there cob webs there that need to be removed? Look at the carpeting or flooring directly under the face cradle. Is it clean and debris free, or can the ghosts of salt or sugar granules from previous body scrubs be seen? Look at the waste baskets and specifically under toe kick plates of cabinetry for any gum wrappers, cough drop wrappers, or other trash lurking there.

    Since we are discussing impressions from the table perspective, let’s objectively examine the table additives you use daily. Starting with your table warmer, look at it closely and inspect the wiring to be sure you have no signs of stress. Further, touch it yourself and insure you have no hot or cool spots. Consider your table warmer as a consumable product, because it truly is. Given its use day in, day out, for hours a day, you can rest assured these will eventually need replacing.

    The same will hold true of your linens. With fresh eyes, take a long look at the linens your clients encounter. These linens are likely washed daily, or at a minimum several times weekly. This is as much as three to five times more often than your household bed linens, and with this much use and laundering, these too will begin to show signs of wear. Beyond visual inspection, touch and smell them and determine if they are fresh, soft and comfy, or if they have begun to pill and shed. Sheets are also a consumable product, and should be replaced once they become worn and no longer convey the image you wish to project of your practice. While these linens may no longer have a place in your practice, consider donating them to homeless shelters. If you have no homeless shelter in your area, consider these as a gift to your local animal shelter. They still have life remaining in them, so put them to great use.

    Lastly, take in a visual evaluation of your treatment space from chair level. If the client uses a chair to re-dress following a treatment session, look at what they see from this seated perspective. If you have supplies on counters or carts, are they organized and housed in a sanitary way? If you have plants, again check to be sure they are not dry or dying. If you have chair rails, have they been wiped free of dust? If you have a mirror in the room for the client to use when re-dressing, is it free of smudges and prints? Has your waste basket been emptied prior to each client? If a client sees the same trash twice in separate visits, you may never see the client again and have no reason why they left. Unless you inspect from each and every angle you may not catch it all.

    These suggestions are to coincide with your regular disinfecting and cross contamination prevention. Be sure you utilize the proper cleaners and adhere to all your national, state, county, province or city regulations regarding the sanitation of your space and the spread of germs and pathogens. While you may well be diligent in the disinfecting of your space, some of the items mentioned in this piece are easy to overlook, and can lead to the client having misconceptions about your practice. Taking a little extra time in making sure every item and every space your client encounters is free of any trace of previous clients is paramount to a positive impression being left in the mind of the client. They will feel well cared for, protected, and confident in your ability to provide quality treatment in a clean and well-kept environment.


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    David Otto Q & A – Running for the Massage Therapy Profession

    March 16th, 2016

    David J. Otto is preparing to run an experience of a lifetime…the 2016 Boston Marathon. He is running on behalf of the Massage Therapy Foundation as part of the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program.

    Support David’s Run for Research today by making a donation to his fundraising campaign at https://www.crowdrise.com/massagetherapyboston2016/fundraiser/davidotto

    Recovery and self-care are an important part of any training program. Find out more about David and how he is incorporating some products from Massage Warehouse. Massage Warehouse is David’s corporate partner, and they are helping to make his dream of running Boston a reality.

    Q: You are raising funds for the Massage Therapy Foundation. How is that going? Are you doing anything unique as a part of your fundraising efforts?

    A: Raising funds for the Foundation is turning out to be pretty fun so far! I came into the program with the expectation that I could do a lot of it online and with community-based events that would generate funds for the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF).

    Word of mouth is certainly a method that I am using with my family, friends and clients .Although it is not so unique, I have decided to add handing out a business-card-sized ‘flyer’ – which is an invitation to donate, learn more about the MTF, and a thank you. My personal conversations with each person can blossom into more sharing opportunities for spreading the word of my fundraising efforts.

    I have been SO fortunate to have the support of several colleagues that are also fundraising on my behalf.,: Collette Wilson is doing a “bake sale” and donating the value of “one [of her] retail massage” prices every week for a couple of months…and several Facebook Friends took her up on her public challenge in one way or another. Ariana’s personal time in organizing official meetups for my fundraising events and being my Trade Partner for recovery massage therapy during my training is another example of supporting me in my dream of running in the 120th Boston Marathon. Many, many Facebook and Twitter friends and organizations Share and Re-Tweet my constant updates – my workouts, event announcements, blog entries – so creating, having, and maintaining those relationships is part of my fund- and awareness-raising strategy.

    Right now, that is what I have been doing but it is still a challenge and I need your help. Please consider making a donation to my campaign. Your support – no matter what the amount – would mean the world to me but more importantly, your donation advances the practice of massage therapy through research, education and community service. That is the mission of the Massage Therapy Foundation and the reason why I am raising funds – and running the Boston Marathon.

    Q: Are there any special donors that you would like to thank?

    It is really difficult to say a particular, individual donor is ‘special’ – EVERY donor is special in my book! I try to Thank (profusely!) Every donation is appreciated!

    Massage Warehouse carries a host of product and service professionals that are really caring about not only the massage therapy profession but also the professionals. As my corporate partner during my journey to the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, I have the pleasure of working directly with this great team. I cannot express my gratitude enough for their involvement.

    Q: You mentioned last week that you are incorporating weekly massage treatments. What else are you doing as part of your regular recovery routine?

    A: SLEEP! And “napping, while getting a massage” is optimal!

    I am starting to incorporate a lubricant in my massage that reduces inflammation, Soothing Touch’s Muscle Comfort Massage Cream. Lubricants like sports gels and oils or creams infused with arnica, olive oil, and/or eucalyptus for example, can help me be more resilient, experience less pain due to [systemic] inflammation, and feel invigorated, to name a few benefits I have experienced.

    And SLEEP! Letting my body do all its natural, metabolic processes is a very important part of my recovery – and preparatory – regimen. Making sure I am getting 7-8 hours per night is a challenge for me – and not always successful – but I am aware of my particular need and do everything to make it a quality recovery technique.

    Running for the Massage Therapy Profession

    March 1st, 2016

    Running for the Massage Therapy Profession

    On April 18, massage therapist David J. Otto will be running in the Boston Marathon to raise money and awareness for the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF), an organization that works to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service grants. The Foundation is pleased to include Massage Warehouse as David’s corporate partner on this journey to run in this world-class event.  

    Support David’s Run for Research today by making a donation to his fundraising campaign at https://www.crowdrise.com/massagetherapyboston2016/fundraiser/davidotto


    Learn a little more about David

    When did you decide massage therapy was the right career for you?

    A: I had my first professional massage at Disney World in 1998. After mastering most of the middle-management positions in employment until that time, I felt like massage therapy was a field that would take time and caring in order to master: a professionally satisfying attempt to better myself as well as help others.

    How did your participation in the 2016 Boston Marathon come about?

    A: I have been volunteering for the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) since just before they started participating in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon program in 2013. I have kept a close eye on its progress and decided to apply this year. I am so passionate about the Massage Therapy Foundation’s mission and running that it became the perfect combination. I found myself being drawn into helping spread the word to other professionals who feel the same passion to move massage therapy forward. Donating to the Massage Therapy Foundation advances the profession.

    In your experience, how does massage therapy integrate into and benefit a marathon training regimen?

    A: Recovery is a very important aspect of training. Massage therapy helps me the most. Regular massage no more than 24 hours after a long run is my regiment. Increasing the amount of massage, sleep, mileage, strength-training and dieting is my training process.

    After a long run, I have been receiving a 60-minute Swedish massage session and I have noticed the pain lessens quicker. Normally, it takes a day or so to recover from pain and range-of-motion restrictions from a long run. When I get massage after a long run, I can feel my pain-recovery time cut into less than a day, meaning the next day bears no aches. I think any person can integrate that success, using massage therapy, into whatever level of training [that person’s] long run coincides [with].

    How has your corporate partner, Massage Warehouse helped you during this journey to Boston?

    There is no doubt that I am able to enjoy this experience of a lifetime thanks to the generosity of Massage Warehouse. As my corporate partner, they have helped cover the high expenses to make this journey to Boston a reality. In addition, their team has provided me with marketing support, personal encouragement, and recently sent me a wealth of product to use during my training. I have added using new products such as Soothing Touch Massage Cream Muscle Comfort during my massage sessions, Theraband tape to get the right stretch every time I need kinesiology taping, a Thera-band Exercise ball to strengthen, tone and increase my core flexibility, and Therapearl Hot & Cold packs for improved blood flow and relaxation of my muscles during recovery.

    How can YOU get involved?

    A: First, I would ask you to consider making a donation to my fundraising campaign at the link below. Any amount – $25, $50, or $100 is greatly appreciated and will help my efforts to raise $10,000 for the Massage Therapy Foundation.

    Second – please consider purchasing your professional products from our friends at Massage Warehouse. They have been dedicated to the massage therapy profession for over ten years, and in my experience they always support efforts in the massage therapy world. I am honored to have them as my corporate partner. We know you have options but consider who is giving back to your profession. The team at Massage Warehouse is not only giving back to you, but they are advancing the practice by being a corporate partner with the Massage Therapy Foundation.

    Don’t delay making your donation – there is only six weeks left until I arrive in Boston for the experience of a lifetime – running in the 120th Boston Marathon for the Massage Therapy Foundation.

    Click Here to Make Your Donation Today