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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cold Weather Add-Ons

Well, we're officially in the Winter season in the U.S. ... although it's raining here in Michigan today, when it's normally snowing by now.  But, it's still chilly!  

So it's a perfect time to consider some ways to keep your clients cozy on the massage table.
Here's just a few ideas:
  • Table warmer.
    I LOVE my table warmer from Earthlite.
    (And so do my clients! They comment on my heated table all the time.)
  • Flannel sheets.
  • Add in hot towels.
    One of my favorite MT's begins the session by placing a dry towel under my feet, and then wrapping each foot in a hot towel.  She leaves my feet wrapped until half-way through the session when she's ready to work on my feet.  Nice and cozy during the session, and added bonus of having the client's feet fresh and clean when you're ready to massage them.
  • Add in hot stones.
    Amazing what a few strategically placed hot stones can do for warmth and relaxation.
  • Heated herbal rice/flax seed packs.
    My favorites are from Mother Earth Pillows.  I like to use the large rectangle pillow on the back with some compression before starting the session.  Then I'll move the pillow to their feet while I massage their back.  It's a great way to add in some cozy!
  • Paraffin dip for the hands and feet.
    This can be a great add-on service that you can charge more for.
  • Add in a steam treatment before the massage.
    The Steamy Wonder is a great way to add value to your services and charge more.  It's a decent investment, but can be worth it if you use it often.  This is on my wishlist.  *hint*hint*
While some of the above ideas require some initial investment, many of them can be easily implemented into your current sessions without much money or time.

What ways do you like to keep your clients cozy during their massages?

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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.

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  1. I have blankets, table warmer, and an oil warmer. I have been thinking about adding the paraffin hand dips to my menu for the new year. I also have hot bamboo massage available as an upgrade. Sometimes I do use it for a spot treatment with no charge.

    1. Love paraffin dips! would love to hear how it goes for you adding them in, Luisa.

  2. These are great suggestions. I use most of these. For those clients who have colds or congested/inflamed sinuses and sniffle through the first half of the session (prone) - when I flip them over, I place a pillowcase with a drop of eucalyptus essential oil over the heated neck roll to help their sinuses clear.

    If they're one of those people who are always cold, when they're prone I also drape a heated pillowcase over their head. Gets their hair off their neck for me and makes a nice little warm hood/cape for their head and face.

  3. My business is mobile so I rely on table warmers for my clients. I will have my assistant make the rice/flax seed heat packs for each client so that they will have it to use regardless of if I am not there. Great gifts and then I do not have to have them with me. :-) Great article!

    1. ooh great suggestion of making them gifts so you don't need to lug them around! thanks for the comment.