If you're a seasoned MT, you've probably already realized the importance of these things... and I'm willing to bet 90% of this list is in your massage room.
That realization no doubt came from experience of not having these things and NEEDING them!
So, here's a little list for newer massage therapists. These secret essentials will really come in handy.
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- Cough drops or water.
If ever you get a tickle in your throat and have a coughing fit...know it will happen in the middle of a massage. Probably with a new client.
(Plus, your client may need a cough drop at some point as well.)
- Aromatic essential oils.
Particularly helpful if you get cases of stinky feet. Hey, it's an occupation hazard - it happens!
Eucalyptus & Peppermint are favorites for sinuses as well.
- Aromatic essential oils in a spray bottle. Or air freshener spray bottles.
For other cases of unpleasant odors...
- Hand sanitizer.
Great to use after you've massage the feet before moving to other body parts, or throughout the massage. Also, handy to share with your client if they need to blow their nose while on the table. Seriously, you just never know when you will need this - so have it!
This is just as much for you as it is for your clients.
- Hot towels or saniwipes.
See #2. I've also had clients come in sweaty from the heat outside or from rushing - and they requested a hot towel to wipe off their face, etc. before their massage. So these are nice to have available if needed.
- A fan.
Working in a massage room that is like an oven is no fun. Have a fan aimed up high so it blows on you but not your client.
- Hair ties.
For you and your clients.
- Hand towels or washcloths for your use.
- High protein snacks to refuel during your work day.
What other secret weapons do you have in your massage room?
Cindy Iwlew is co-founder of Bodywork Buddy Massage Software, a complete online management solution for independent massage therapists that includes online scheduling.
She continues to operate her own private massage practice of 13 years, and has been an associate instructor for Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy since 2007. www.BodyworkBuddy.com