FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is massage lotion?
Lotions are used when the modality calls for reduced friction and quick absorption. Most are pumpable, and easily warmed making them the lubricant of choice for many common modalities. Usually composed of multiple oils, the largest ingredient is typically water. Massage lotions are traditionally non-staining, making cleaning towels and table linens a cinch.
Which is better for massage - Oil or Lotion?
All massage lubricants have their advantages and disadvantages. Selecting the right one for you is based on a number of factors including massage technique employed and client or therapist preference. Massage lotion provides hydration to the skin, often contains beneficial vitamins and mineral compounds, and can repair damaged skin. This lubricant is perfect for full body massage and in situations where fully moisturized skin is the main goal. Lotions however, also tend to contain more synthetic chemicals and feel cold when applied to the skin if not previously warmed.
Massage oils tend to protect the skin’s lipid barrier helping to retain moisture but will not add moisture; they offer extended glide time for longer treatments; and are simple to warm just by rubbing between hands. Oils are highly customizable. Therapists can easily create new client experiences just by adding a few drops of essential oils to their favorite massage oil. Conversely, oil’s slick quality can make for a slipping hazard if spilled and many clients are adverse to the greasy feeling some oils leave behind.
What are the differences between lotions and cream?
The words ‘creams’ and ‘lotions’ are often used interchangeably in common vernacular. To massage therapists, however, creams and lotions are quite different. Both lubricants are a mix of water and a thickening agent such as wax or emulsifiers; and both offer decent absorption rates. The difference is in the ratio of water to oil in each product. As massage creams contain a higher concentration of oil, they offer longer workability and are better suited for soothing extremely dry skin and for treatments that require extended time. Lotions offer a shorter working time, and as a result, less glide, but quicker absorption rate.
What are the benefits of using Massage Lotion?
Massage lotions are preferred for numerous modalities. Lotions are easy to warm and penetrate the skin, providing hydration and softness. Benefits include younger looking, well-moisturized skin; infusion of beneficial vitamins and compounds, such as vitamin D, aloe vera, shea butter, vitamin E, and keratin; and the ability to heal skin conditions and repair damaged skin.
For which modalities should I choose massage lotion?
Massage lotion can be used for many modalities including Swedish Massage, Maternity Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Multi-Therapy Massage, Hot and Cold Stone Massage, On-Site Chair Massage, Acupressure and Reflexology.
What are the best brands of Massage Lotion?
Massage Warehouse carries a wide range of lotion brands including Massage FX, Therapro, Lotus Touch, Soma Silk, Biotone, Bon Vital, Soothing Touch, Amber, Earthlite and more.
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