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Make more money from your facials
Make more money from your facials
Make more money from your facials
The most important thing that you can do to increase revenue is to make product recommendations during your facial. You want to do this in a way that the client will not feel any pressure. Their comfort should always be a priority. However, follow these simple steps, and you can increase sales, improve results, and earn more repeat business. You can sell, and do an amazing treatment at the same time.


You start selling from the moment you examine the skin. You need to assess, and figure out what type of skin they have. The next question should be, ďWhat is their diet like?Ē You need to be well read on food and ingredients that affect the skin. You should also know what irritates the skin. Things like touching your face, not washing your pillow case regularly, and not sanitizing your cell phone are all very irritating to the skin. Once you have asked all the right questions, you can start recommending solutions for them. If the client is extremely dry, you can suggest adding fish oil to their diet or an amazing nighttime moisturizer. The other thing you could suggest for them is an exfoliant to increase cell turnover, which will also add more moisture to the skin. Now that you have fully assessed the skin, you can start the cleansing process.

As you work with your skin, you should inform the client about your findings and discuss with them your thoughts and recommendations. They feel the most comfortable with someone that can guide them to have the most beautiful skin. I usually suggest three products during the facial, and I ask them if they would like me to show them the products after the service. That way, you have already confirmed that they want to see these products.

When the client comes out of the treatment, the products should already be sold. You simply show them the products that you recommended, and confirm that they would like to get started with these. Do not ask! You should assume that they want them if you have done a good job with the service and the sale.

The client will typically purchase two items if you recommended three. The client will typically purchase one item if you recommend two. The client will typically buy nothing if you donít recommend anything. They are looking to you to tell them how to care for their skin, so itís a win for everyone.

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Maintain the life of your facial steamer
Maintain the life of your facial steamer
Maintain the life of your facial steamer
I felt this was very important to write about because we see so many steamers ruined that havenít been cared for properly.


The first thing is that you must use only distilled water (unless instructed otherwise). Regular water will create a build up on the heating element that will eventually cause the steamer to spit water during steaming. This can be very dangerous because if it happens during a treatment, it can burn the skin.

Next you need to maintain your steamerís heating element by cleaning the coil with a vinegar solution once a month. Add 2 ounces of distilled white vinegar to a warm water solution. Pour the solution into the jar until it reaches the minimum red line and let the solution soak for a couple hours. Afterwards you should wipe off the heating coil with a towel to remove and remaining build-up. Empty the jar, re-fill with distilled water and run the steamer to remove any vinegar odor.

We also see problems created by leaving standing water in the jar at the end of the day. Itís probably something that a lot of us have done, but donít forget to empty out the jar and clean it at the end of the day. Leaving water in the jar overnight will damage the coil and is not sanitary.

If you follow these recommendations, your steamer will last a very long time. If you ever need replacement parts., we carry all the parts for the steamers we sell. We also do warranty repairs and can service your steamer even after you warranty ends. Buy facial steamers. from MassageTools with confidence.

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Is Microdermabrasion worth the investment?
Is Microdermabrasion worth the investment?
Is Microdermabrasion worth the investment?
In one word, ďYes.Ē There are many reasons why, and first one is that is Creates a noticeable change in the skin. Clients will always come back for what is working for their skin. I get microdermabrasion at least 5 times a year for maintenance. When I first did it, I did a series of four treatments that were scheduled seven days apart. I got great results. My pores were smaller, acne cleared up, and there was a natural glow to my skin. The next reason is that is can be used on most skin types. It helps get rid of blackheads, pox marks from acne, chicken pox scars, blotchy skin, large pores, superficial acne scars, fine wrinkles, aging skin, and sun spots. It is a treatment can be be sold to almost all of your clients. Your clients will all have cleaner, more radiant skin. Another reason is that there are no side effects. It is risk free as long as the esthetician follows the proper sterilization and sanitation procedures associated with this unit. The biggest reason this unit is a good investment is that you will make your money back in a short amount of time because of itís versatility. You can sell microdermabrasion series to almost all of your clients. This machine can aid in the success of your business and beautify your clients. Itís a win win! Most people will wonder how they can afford thousands of dollars for a microdermabrasion machine. Massagetools.com works with finance companies. You can get a quote online, and be preapproved in minutes.
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Is it time to buy an electric massage table?
Is it time to buy an electric massage table?
Is it time to buy an electric massage table?
What is the best massage table for you? Are you a professional with a stream of regular and new clients, have you just started your practice with little client traffic, or are you just at home practicing?


Massage therapists will most likely have a wide variety of clients coming in an assortment of shapes and sizes needing different massage techniques and pressures. With an electric massage table, the therapist is able to instantly adjust table height to position clientele for the maximum level of performance and comfort. This is done with either hand or foot controls connected to the table. With a high level of client traffic, instantaneous height adjustment is "must have". New users are more likely to have a smaller amount of clientele with slower traffic. An instantaneous height adjustment for different sized clients is not needed for low traffic clinics. A new therapist could save some cash by getting a manual lift massage table. Each leg on a manual lift massage table needs adjustment, by hand, in order to raise or lower the table. This process can take time but also save you money.

The price of electric lift massage tables has been steadily decreasing over the years. It's common for massage therapists to hang onto their first massage table for many years. With this in mind, it might be a good idea for a new therapist to spend the extra money on an electric lift massage table due to the likeliness of increasing clientele traffic. If youíre just at home, you probably don't need to constantly adjust the height of your table because only one or two people will be using it. Friends and family will not mind the wait for a proper manual height adjustment. A portable massage table would be the most reasonable purchase for use at home.

Physical stress on the therapist is also something to take into consideration. Height adjustment is important for positioning clients for the therapist's comfort. Without proper height adjustments, you can strain your back applying pressure and performing techniques on a client.

If you have a large or small variety of clients you should consider an electric lift massage table. If you are just a home user, you should consider portable massage tables. You can find good examples of these tables and Spaluxe electric lift tables we recommend .

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How to Use Hot Stones into Massage
How to Use Hot Stones into Massage
How to Integrate Hot Stones into Massage
I have used hot stones for massage on many clients, and always had positive feedback after the treatment. Hot stones can be used throughout a massage or just at the end to enhance the effects of the massage.


Hot stones are great at eliminating tension and promoting deeper relaxation. Hot stones can be a great enhancement to massage, especially during the winter months. Warm them up in a hot towel warmer or crock-pot style hot stone heater. Be sure to have a wooden spatula to handle the stone and avoid burning your hands. The therapist can place the stones on specific pressure points or use them to stroke the muscles. The warmth provides deeper relaxation.

Hot stones are effective for the relief of lower back pain, menstrual cramps, plantar fasciitis, chronic neck pain, and eye puffiness. Place two large stones around the sacrum area to alleviate low back pain. Menstrual cramps can be relieved by placing the stones on the lower abdomen or moving them in a circular motion. To relieve pain from plantar fasciitis, take a large heated stone and massage the bottom, middle part of the clientsí foot. An alternative is to just hold the stone with pressure on their feet. Hot stones can help clients with chronic neck pain. Use the large stones to relax the muscles around the neck, and then place a large stone on each side of the base of the neck. Use the stones to treat the specific muscles that can cause neck tension, including the sternocleidomastoid and scalene muscles. Stones can also be used for cold treatments. Ice a few of the small stones before the treatment so they would be super cold. These are great for reducing eye puffiness and providing the client with a rested, bright eyed appearance.

Hot stones can be integrated into just about any massage. You can usually up charge anywhere from $10 to $30 per treatment. You can make more money and provide a unique experience for your clients so they keep coming back. Hot or cold stone enhancements should be on the menu for every massage therapist.

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Are Facial Steamers Good for Sinuses
Are Facial Steamers Good for Sinuses
Personal Facial Steamers for Treatment of Sinuses
Facial steamers offer a fast and effective way to cleanse and clear sinuses, providing relief during allergy or cold and flu season. While commercial steamers or steam rooms are a great choice for those on a budget, a personal facial steamer can be a more hygienic option for repeated use. There are several high-quality facial steamers on the market, many of which can be good for sinuses.

Facial steamers work by producing large volumes of moist, heated air. The air is not hot enough to burn, but is hot enough to open pores and cleanse the skin. When the hot air is breathed in, it can also have a similar cleansing and opening effect on the sinuses, helping to relieve pressure and congestion caused by seasonal allergies, colds or the flu virus.

While steam is good for your sinuses, steam rooms and multi-user machines aren't necessarily as good. These types of environments can introduce germs into your sinuses, resulting in more sinus infections rather than fewer. Fortunately, there are other options. Personal facial steamers offer a convenient way to get your steam in the privacy of your own home. A personal facial steamer can also offer a variety of other benefits in addition to sinus cleansing. Those who use personal facial steamers regularly enjoy brighter, cleaner skin on top of healthier sinuses.

The biggest problem with saunas or public steam rooms is that they can be a hotbed for mold growth and mold is a major trigger of sinus irritation. Many people have mold allergies and can develop severe sinus infections from being exposed to mold Ė even if they can't see it. Commercial facial steamers may not be as prone to mold growth, but are often cleaned to excess with commercial disinfectants that can also cause allergy problems.

The best way to avoid any potential problems and additional sinus infections while enjoying steam is by owning a personal facial steamer. Most steamers are small and can be set up in a bathroom or bedroom. Adding essential oils or certain herbs to the steamer can even enhance the effect and provide additional relief. Personal facial steamers are very affordable and several varieties are available on the market. For the best selection, turn to a spa supplier like MassageTools.com and browse dozens of steamers by leading brands to find the machine that's right for you.
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Are Facial Steamers Good for Dry Skin
Are Facial Steamers Good for Dry Skin
Personal Facial Steamers and Use on Dry Skin
While facial steamers offer a variety of benefits, people with extremely dry skin are often told to stay away from them. Steam has the benefit of opening pores and drawing impurities out from the skin, but it can also be drying, so those with conditions like rosacea and eczema are often told to stay away. However, mild dryness can actually be improved with facial steaming.

Facial steaming is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to cleanse, tone and moisturize the skin. Facial steamers work by delivering warm, moist air to the surface of the face, warming up the surface of the skin, opening pores and making it more receptive to surface treatments like masks and serums.

For those with mildly dry skin, a quality facial steamer can help the skin better absorb moisturizers and treatments, which can leave the skin in better condition than prior to steaming. Before beginning treatment, it's important that the skin is clean and ready to receive a moisturizer or serum, that way when the steaming is finished, the proper treatment can be applied immediately for maximum effectiveness.

Steaming also helps dry skin by increasing perspiration, which helps soften debris inside the pores for better cleansing and by loosening dead or dry skin near the surface, revealing fresh, better-looking skin just below the surface. The combination of pore cleansing and surface debris removal will result in softer skin with a more moisturized feel.

For those suffering from extreme skin dryness such as rosacea or eczema, facial steaming is not recommended. The process of warming the skin increases circulation which can add to redness and irritation. Seek advice from a dermatologist before attempting a skin steaming regimen.

If you decide to try facial steaming on your dry skin, a quality home facial steam machine can make quick work of the task. The machine will heat water from a reservoir to the perfect temperature and direct it though a special applicator towards the face, resulting in a relaxing steam experience. Essential oils can be added to the water for an enhanced experience. Certain scents are known to relax the body and may help prevent excessive drying or redness after a steam application.

For a variety of quality home facial steamers, shop at MassageTools.com. Choose from a variety of machines and compare different options to find the facial steamer that's right for you.
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What is a Massage Table Shower
What is a Massage Table Shower
Massage Table Showers - Shower Massages - Vichy Massage
A massage table shower, also known as a table shower or a Vichy shower, is a row of water heads positioned above a massage table that shoot powerful streams of water over the body of the person being worked on. The pressurized water treatment increases blood circulation to the skin while soothing the nervous system. A massage table shower is usually followed by a body wrap or massage.

The practice of the Vichy shower originated in the French city of Vichy, where hydrotherapy is common. The practice soon spread throughout the world as word got out about its benefits to the circulatory system and the skin. Today, Vichy shower treatments are offered in spas throughout the world. Vichy showers, or massage table showers are often combined with messier treatments such as body scrubs or mud wraps where the client would normally need to rinse off mid-treatment, which can interrupt the process of relaxation and restoration.

During a massage table shower, the individual being treated lies on top of a padded massage towel, usually face-down, while the shower jets are positioned above. The jets shoot powerful streams of water over the individual, often in an alternating pattern, as a type of water massage. The water is often warmed, helping to open pores and cleanse the skin. This type of water treatment is usually combined with other spa treatments, though not typically concurrently.

A shower massage table differs slightly in appearance from a regular massage table. Drainage holes are usually added and a splash guard may be present for the massage therapist's benefit, particularly if manual manipulation is required during the shower. Detachable shower heads are often included for spot-treatments and targeted therapy.

To maintain privacy, towels are often used to cover parts of the patient's body instead of sheets. The person undergoing treatment either foregoes undergarments or wears disposable undergarments during a typical treatment. The choice is up to the person being treated and will depend on their comfort level.

For those looking for a new way to relax and rejuvenate, a massage table shower may be a great choice. As massage showers become more common, more providers are offering this hydrotherapy service as an add-on to traditional spa selections.
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Which Massage Oil is Good for Dry Skin
Which Massage Oil is Good for Dry Skin
Choose the Best Massage Oil for Treatment of Dry Skin
For those suffering from dry skin, spa treatments can be torturous if the wrong products are used. If you're considering a massage and suffer from dry skin, make sure your masseuse uses a dry-skin friendly massage oil such as avocado, apricot, olive, or evening primrose oil. Different types of massage oil have different effects on the skin and some can even help alleviate dryness.

Whether your dry skin is a temporary condition resulting from the weather or a lifelong ailment from an underlying skin condition, environment, diet and the types of products you use on your skin can affect dryness considerably. Symptoms of dry skin include skin tightness, roughness, flaky patches, itching, fine lines or cracks and even deep cracks that bleed.

When undergoing a spa treatment, be sure to ask your therapist if they have any massage oils available that are suitable for dry skin. Avoid mineral oils and any types of petroleum by-products that can further dry the skin and cause additional irritation. Some of the most popular massage oils for dry skin include:

Avocado oil: Avocado oil is good for repairing damaged skin. It is full of beneficial nutrients and stays slippery longer. The heavy oil should not be used on people with latex allergies.
Apricot kernel oil: This is a terrific nut-free oil that's allergy-friendly and suitable for spa environments. It contains vitamin E and is good for those with underlying skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema.

Fractionated coconut oil: This non-greasy oil is especially good for dry skin, particularly if it has already cracked. The oil protects damaged skin during and after treatment.

Olive oil: Used for more than just cooking, this heavy oil is well-tolerated and penetrates deeply to replenish moisture in the skin.

Evening primrose oil: Not to be used on its own, this oil can be added to other oils to help rejuvenate skin cells. It's good for very dry skin or sun-damaged areas. It is also great for mature skin.

There are other types of massage oils that are considered beneficial for dry skin, but these are the most popular. Whether you suffer from dry skin yourself or are a bodywork therapist, it's good to know which oils are best suited for different skin types and to outfit your arsenal with appropriate selections for every client.
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What Do Facial Steamers Do
What Do Facial Steamers Do
Facial Steamers and Their Effects on Skin Health
Facial steamers deliver targeted streams of warmed, moistened air to the delicate skin on the face and neck. The warm steam works to open and unclog pores while increasing circulation and rejuvenating tired skin. At roughly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the steam is warm enough to make you sweat and naturally cleanse the skin.

Facial steaming dates back to ancient Greece and Rome when steam was harnessed for health and beauty routines, similarly to how it is used today. Steam rooms were used to make people sweat, warming the body and causing individuals to perspire. The steam was allowed to work its magic on the skin and was thought to help cleanse the body of impurities.

Today, spa steaming is most commonly done on the face. It is a relatively quick treatment that is inexpensive compared to other spa procedures. Personal facial steamers allow users to reproduce the procedure at home, giving themselves a facial whenever it is convenient.

The main benefits of a steam facial are increased circulation, increased perspiration and expression of sebum. Increased circulation is a result of a rise in surface temperature that causes blood vessels in the skin to dilate, allowing greater blood flow to the skin to let off heat. This also delivers extra oxygen and nutrients to the surface tissues. Increased perspiration causes pores to open while excess sweat moves dirt, dead skin cells and other debris to the surface for easy removal. Finally, facial steaming helps open and express sebum glands, which produce essential oils to moisturize and protect hair and skin. The steam softens blackhead plugs, allowing them to easily be removed so oils can flow naturally.

Immediately after steaming, facial skin is more receptive to topical treatments such as serums and moisturizers. Be sure to follow-up any steam session with a quality product to ensure maximum moisture retention and skin health.
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What Does Massage Oil Contain
What Does Massage Oil Contain
Massage Oil Components: Key Ingredients and Usage
Most commercial massage oils are a combination of a carrier oil and an essential oil. There are numerous combinations that can be made and sometimes a combination of oils is used, but all massage oils contain those 2 basic ingredients. The carrier oil chosen and type of essential oil used will determine the final properties of the oil.

Massage therapy is meant to soothe and relax sore muscles to stimulate the circulation of blood and encourage the flow of lymph within the body. Massage has a beneficial effect on skin and can also calm and uplift the mind. There are as many types of massage oils as there are methods of massage. The type of oil you choose will depend on the type of massage being given and any patient sensitivity. The primary function of massage oil is to provide lubrication, but it can also have a beneficial effect on the skin.

When choosing a massage oil, it's important to take into account the amount of slip and grip required for the style of massage. Rougher massages targeting deep tissues will require an oil with more grip. Massages designed for relaxation will require oil with greater slip. The oil should improve or enhance the quality of the massage. Additives to the oil, like essential oils, can add an aromatherapy benefit, further enhancing the effects of the massage oil.

When creating your own custom massage oil, start off by choosing a carrier oil. Carrier oil is the basic ingredient in massage oil and is typically vegetable-based. Grape seed oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil and hazelnut oil are all popular choices and make great carrier oils. Once you've selected your carrier oil, it's time to add an essential oil. Only a drop or two is needed and different scents can be mixed to create custom blends. Essential oils are prone to breaking down in the wrong environment, so store them carefully to maximize effectiveness. Popular essential oils for massage include lavender, peppermint, cinnamon and rosewood.

Whether you make your own massage oil or buy it already mixed, knowing what's in your massage oil will help you choose the right oil for your client's skin type, allergies and preferences. The best massage therapists take into account every aspect of their work, which includes the oils they use. For a great selection of affordable massage oils, check out MassageTools.com.
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Are Facial Steamers Good for Acne
Are Facial Steamers Good for Acne
Facial Steamers for the Treatment of Acne and Blemishes
With so much conflicting information on the internet about facial steamers and acne, it can be confusing to those desperately seeking relief from a troubling condition. Simply put, facial steaming alone won't cure your acne, but if combined with other facial care treatments, steaming can be an effective part of acne control and treatment.

If you love the feeling of steam on your face, you'll be happy to hear that you can incorporate facial steaming into a skin care regimen to reduce acne and get the clear skin you've always wanted. You've probably already heard that facial steam can cleanse pores, but that's a big misleading. Facial steam alone won't clean out your pores, but it will open them and loosen dirt and debris to get it ready for removal.

If your acne is caused by pore blockages (comedones), oil and other debris are actually lodged in the pore. The sticky substance is the building block of every blackhead, whitehead or pimple that you see on your skin. Extended steaming won't clear the blockage from the pore or stop new ones from forming. However, it will make the blockage easier to extract. Heated steam helps soften blackheads and non-inflammatory blockages so you can easily remove them with another product like a blackhead strip or blackhead removing tool. An esthetician can also do this in an office.

So while steaming alone won't clear your acne, it's a great beginning step to removing blockages and eliminating blackheads. Facial steam makes cleansers and toners more effective by breaking up blockages before removal. Regular steaming won't help prevent breakouts, but it can help you enjoy your skincare routine more, leading to better skin hygiene overall.

It's important to note that over steaming or using a facial steamer too often can actually make your acne look worse because it will increase redness and inflammation. Steaming causes blood vessels in the skin to rise to the surface and enlarge in an attempt to cool the body. This reaction results in temporary redness and inflammation on the surface.

Combining facial steam treatments with an effective acne medication is the best way to get your blemishes under control and notice an improvement in your skin. For mild breakouts, an over-the-counter treatment may be enough. More advanced cases may require a prescription medication.
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Where are Earthlite Massage Tables Made
Where are Earthlite Massage Tables Made
About Earthlite Massage Tables: Manufacturing
Earthlite massage tables are hand-made in the U.S. with materials that are globally sourced. The massage tables offer the best combination of craftsmanship and materials for superior comfort, reliability and support. The brand offers stationary, electric, portable and home-use tables for all of your massage therapy needs.

Whether you're an experienced masseuse or a new bodywork professional, Earthlite's extensive line of massage tables will meet all of your needs and exceed your expectations. Tables are intelligently designed with high-quality finishes such as extra-plush padding, adjustable headrests and more. The high degree of craftsmanship and superior materials set Earthlite tables apart from the competition.

Earthlite is the world's number 1 brand in massage. Customers enjoy the company's positive message, friendly manner and high-quality materials. New products are added regularly and existing tables are constantly being improved with better materials and innovative features. Massage tables are made using no rainforest hardwoods, but rather Canadian hard maple for the legs and braces and Baltic birch for the table tops. Both Canadian maple and Baltic birch are renewable wood sources. All lacquers are water-based and foam padding is environmentally friendly. Even the vinyl upholstery is sourced from an eco-friendly manufacturer.

Because tables are made in the U.S., Earthlite has access to the largest selection of natural and renewable materials and clean manufacturing operations. Wood is carefully purchased and cut to minimize waste and whenever possible, leftover materials are recycled. The company has integrated a recycling program for aluminum, glass and paper products within their U.S.-based factory.

If you're looking for a high-quality massage table that is domestically made using environmentally-responsible materials, Earthlite is the right choice for you. All tables are designed to last a lifetime and come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Select styles also come with a lifetime warranty. The next time you're in the market for a new massage table, consider U.S.-made Earthlite massage
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Using Facial Streamers for Allergies
Using Facial Streamers for Allergies
Using Facial Streamers for Allergies
Best Facial Steamers For Allergy Relief

Allergies can make anyone miserable, but the right facial steamer can relieve your symptoms without the need for pills or shots. A facial steamer can flush out the mucous that causes coughs and clogged or runny noses, while a few minutes in front of a facial steamer can also moisten dry nasal passages.

Visiting a salon with a facial steamer or using one at home can also help you avoid sinus infections that come with visiting a public steam room at the local gym. While steam is good for sinuses, you might make your allergies worse with exposure to molds that can build up in over-used gym saunas and steam rooms. Even those industrial-strength disinfectants used at public gyms can aggravate allergies. There's also that unappealing issue with some public steam rooms.

At MassageTools, professionals can rely on affordably priced premium facial steamer systems to offer relief to their clients in a solo practice or salon setting. Choose the steamer that fits your budget and your space requirements. Our favorite is the Spa Luxe Herbal Facial Steamer.† The Spa Luxe SL-300B has an integrated essential oil pad inside the spray nozzle, as well as independent steam/ozone switches. Practitioners love the efficient, practical features like an adjustable arm, spring-loaded adjustable stand, sturdy 5-leg caster base and automatic safety shut-off. This super durable facial steamer has heavy-duty metal housing.

Also shop our Spa Luxe facial treatment oils and accessories. One accessory we like, and so will your allergy sufferers, is the soothing Barber Pro Hot Towel Steamer Kit. It's on sale now! If you have questions about the best facial steamer to treat your clients who suffer from seasonal or year-round allergies, consult the pros at MassageTools.
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Massage Tables for Pregnancy
Massage Tables for Pregnancy
Massage Tables for Pregnancy
Why Pregnant Women Love Massages

Pregnancy can take a big toll on muscles, blood circulation and stress. That's why so many pregnant women are finding that a safe massage chair can work wonders, especially in those last few months. Back pain is the most common complaint among pregnant women struggling with all that weight in front that can strain back muscles and ruin their posture.

Today's massage tables can accommodate pregnant women. Massage tables can be equipped with specially constructed wedges to better position and protect a woman's belly while gentle therapy is applied.

Of course, most physicians suggest that massages be avoided during the first trimester when the chance of a miscarriage is higher. During the third trimester, professional massage therapists will avoid putting too much pressure on the stomach. While it can be tempting to never leave the comfort of a well-made massage table, do limit your time to no more than 20 minutes. If you have any concerns, always consult your doctor.

Pregnant women can benefit from the lowered stress that comes with a professional massage. A massage is not just good for your back; it can relieve upper leg strain that comes from walking while carrying extra weight.

The Spa Luxe Electric Massage & Spa Table allows you to adjust the back and leg sections with a hand control and adjust the height with the food pedal to accommodate a pregnant woman's large belly. The 3.5-inch multiple-layer soft foam padding wins high praise from expecting women who want more cushioning. An adjustable headrest, face cradle and face cradle cushion are included.† Professionals tell us that customers also like the comfort of iour exclusive in-house Spa Luxe Electric Massage Table with Tilt Back. The electric-powered tilt back mechanism allows you to make height and back adjustments while the client is on the table. This premium massage table includes an adjustable face rest with pillow, matching arm shelf and removable self-adjusting arms.
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Why Purchase a Facial Steamer with Ozone Aromatherapy
Why Purchase a Facial Steamer with Ozone Aromatherapy
Why Purchase a Facial Steamer with Ozone Aromatherapy
The Ozone/Aromatherapy Trend in Facial Steamers

The new trend in spa, salon and home facial steamers is the addition of ozone and aromatherapy features. Relaxing scents and the benefits of ozone add a new level of relaxation and sense of wellbeing for clients. It's also a favorite way to remove damaging toxins from the skin.

The toxins you find in the air, water and soil can create havoc with your skin from exposure to these chemicals. Ozone, or activated oxygen, helps neutralize the damaging effects of toxins. Remember that wonderful smell after a heavy rain? That's the smell of the ozone in the air. Steam opens the skin's pores to cleanse skin. When you add ozone to the steam, you open up the pores and allow those activated oxygen atoms to attach to and neutralize skin-damaging pollutants. Add aromatherapy for a relaxing, refreshing bonus.

Our favorite is the Spa Luxe Herbal Facial Steamer.† The Spa Luxe SL-300B has an integrated essential oil pad inside the spray nozzle, as well as independent steam/ozone switches. Practitioners love the efficient, practical features like an adjustable arm, spring-loaded adjustable stand, sturdy 5-leg caster base and automatic safety shut-off. This super durable facial steamer has heavy-duty metal housing.

The †Irving Pro 8 Function Machine now on sale at MassageTools is a facial steamer with independent controls for steam and ozone application. This versatile facial steamer also comes with a magnifying lamp, massage brush and vacuum. The popular EquiPro Vapoderm 11100, also available from MassageTools.com, is a professional facial steamer that can deliver three levels of steam using adjustable steam arms. EquiPro's advanced facial steamer relies on an ionic ozone system plus an integrated system to incorporate the use of aromatherapy scents. This compact machine has a digital timer and state-of-the-art filling and draining system.
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Are Facial Steamers Good for Dry Eyes?
Are Facial Steamers Good for Dry Eyes?
Are Facial Steamers Good for Dry Eyes?
For Dry Eye Relief, Turn to Facial Steam Treatments

The moisturizing benefits of a facial steam treatment can also relieve those itchy, often painful dry eyes. The soothing steam and heat can help eyes produce more moisture for instant and continuing relief. The steam from a home or salon facial treatment produces heat that can help tears flow, moisturizing your eyes. Because some eye dryness is the result of sinus congestion or other ailments, the steam also helps by cleansing the skin of viruses and germs. When you're not at the salon, use a warm washcloth to clean the dry area, and always wash your hands.

If you suffer from dry eyes, you're not alone. Researchers and major hospital associations report that dry eyes affects 15 percent of the population in the United States alone. It can worsen with age, affecting 5 million people over the age of 50. It happens when the natural tears form a film to protect your eyes becomes inadequate. It can cause discomfort and affect your vision. But help is at hand with facial steam therapy.

The single-function and multiple-function facial steamers at MassageTools are used in homes and at day spas, salons and as special services by solo massage therapy practitioners. You will see them in dermatology offices, too. If you're on a budget or just don't like spending extra money for the sake of a single brand, then consider the cost savings you'll enjoy by choosing premium spa equipment by the exclusive Spa Luxe brand from MassageTools. This in-house brand of facial steamers offers all the high-priced extras boasted by other brands, but without that high price tag.

For example, the Spa Luxe SL-300A Digital Herbal Facial Steamer with magnifying features offers five levels of steam. It has digital time, energy and ozone controls and an adjustable arm. The versatile Spa Luxe SL-300B has a 30-minute timer and automatic safety shut off, and it sits on a rolling caster base for easy movements. It's a favorite at skin care centers and affordably priced. "This steamer is a must have," writes one salon owner. "Our three spas love it because of the flexible steamer head. It stands taller than most steamers, and the flexible head helps you to direct the steam where you need it. The mist of steam is fine and full." Also shop our exclusive Spa Luxe line of massage and salon treatment accessories.
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Massage Chairs for Fast Back Pain Relief
Massage Chairs for Fast Back Pain Relief
Massage Chairs for Fast Back Pain Relief
Massage Chairs for Fast Back Pain Relief

Back pain is a sometimes chronic condition affecting millions of Americans. That's why so many massage chairs available today from top online stores like MassageTools offer special features specifically designed to address temporary or chronic back stiffness, soreness and other back-related ailments.

The iJoy-2580 Robotic Massage Chair by Human Touch, for example, is designed to relieve stress, relax tired back muscles and improve posture. The power-recline chair allows the client (or you!) to enjoy the most relaxing position, and the easy-access controller allows you to customize the massage. Osaki's OS-7200H massage chair has a micro-computer and heating elements specially designed to sooth and treat lower back problems. This chair relies on 51 air bags to create a soothing massage to backs, hips, shoulders and legs. Listen to music while you relax your back with Osaki's MP3 and iPod connectors that include built-in speakers. A built-in computer body scan traces the curvature of the back to adjust the massage experience.

Massage chairs from MassageTools have cushioned seating on reclining chair styles designed to create a more comfortable seating experience for those with bad backs. These chairs offer targeted relief, since back strain can also be caused by tight thigh muscles. Chairs with added heat modules add warmth to movement to multiply the positive effects of simulated massage movements.

Today's portable massage chairs for use by solo practices and at health spas, chiropractor clinics and resorts, are also designed to zero in on back problems. The Oakworks Portal Pro Massage Chair Package is designed to comfortably seat your client, and it provides full access for a full back massage by a therapist. This versatile portable massage chair has a QuickLock face rest, and it's built on a lightweight aluminum frame. The package includes a carrying case and an instructional video for practical back massage therapy guidance.
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Got a Cold? Find Relief with a Facial Steamer
Got a Cold? Find Relief with a Facial Steamer
Got a Cold? Find Relief with a Facial Steamer
Got a Cold? Find Relief with a Facial Steamer

While there still is no cure for the common cold, relief is at hand with today's smartly designed facial steamers. More than 200 viruses can cause a cold. Americans alone suffer more than 1 billion colds a year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 22 million school days are lost each year in the U.S. alone because of the common cold.

You can catch it from another person or when you touch a surface with germs on it. Exposure to nearby sneeze can also cause you to get a cold. A facial steamer can warm and moisten the skin, with the moisture that's produced acting to remove germs that can cause or exacerbate colds. Facial steamers relieve sinus pressure often associated with colds, as well as dry eyes. Facial muscles wracked by continual coughing are relaxed. Whether you buy a facial steamer for home or salon use, the lowest prices and most selections are at MassageTools.

Affordably priced multi-function facial steam machines include magnifying lamps, bowls and accessory holders with the steamer. Salon owners like the convenience of being able to move this facial steamer on coaster wheels. This package includes an electric power bar, glove holder, tissue holder and wastebasket.

Our exclusive Spa Luxe SL-300A Digital Herbal Facial Steamer with magnifying features offers five levels of steam. It has digital time, energy and ozone controls and an adjustable arm. The versatile Spa Luxe SL-300B has a 30-minute timer and automatic safety shut off, and it sits on a rolling caster base for easy movements. Because Spa Luxe is our in-house, we can offer lower prices than other premium facial steamers with the same or fewer extras.

Shop all our top brands in facial steamers to help relieve colds, allergies and dry eyes. Facial steamers also soften skin, removing impurities that can exacerbate signs of aging. If you have questions, consult our friendly, knowledgeable staff.
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On the go? Choose a massage table with wheels
On the go? Choose a massage table with wheels
On the go? Choose a massage table with wheels
On the go? Choose a massage table with wheels

Portable massage tables with wheels are the go-to choice for solo massage therapy practices. Standard massage tables with wheels are the smart choice for any salon or resort that wants the flexibility to move tables from one room to another, or just to rearrange massage equipment inside a single room. You don't have to break your budget to enjoy the convenience of versatile wheeled massage tables.

The Spa Luxe brand exclusive to MassageTools offers economical prices on premium tables that don't carry the high price tags of similar models made by other companies. The Spa Luxe Electric Lift Massage Table has heavy-duty polypropylene wheels for easy transportation. This table also comes with an adjustable face rest with pillow, arm shelf, self-adjusting side arms and electric-controlled backrest. Because this is a wheelchair accessible table, it qualifies for a Section 44 tax credit under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.

Stronglite's Ergo Lift treatment table has wheels on a sturdy steel frame. The electric lift is ADA-compliant. In addition to wheels, Earthlite's Ellora Electric Lift Mobile Massage Table has a sturdy steel frame that carries a lifetime warranty. For tables without wheels, Oakworks makes a table cart with extra wide wheels that will fit tables up to 35 inches wide. All are available at discount prices at MassageTools.com.

We make it easy for the therapist to roll around a room, too, or quickly move around a table to target treatment, with affordably priced rolling stools. The Saddle++ rolling stool with backrest has a five-wheel chrome base on a chair with a saddle-shaped seat and adjustable backrest for good posture. Shop all our massage tables, chairs and other spa, salon and massage equipment on wheels.
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Massage Tables with Memory Foam - Add Custom Cushioning for Clients
Massage Tables with Memory Foam - Add Custom Cushioning for Clients
Massage Tables with Memory Foam - Add Custom Cushioning for Clients
Massage Tables with Memory Foam - Add Custom Cushioning for Clients

For cushy comfort, many of today's bestselling massage tables have incorporated memory foam as cushioning. This springy foam literally springs back after first conforming to a person's body shape, offering a unique fit for every client.

NASA researchers developed the first memory foam back in the 1960s, calling it "slow spring back foam." But it was years before it moved from medical use to everyday use in mattresses and as massage table cushions.

Today's massage tables with temperature-sensitive memory foam have a more breathable foam than the first versions. At MassageTools, you can choose from several top brands in massage tables with memory foam. The American-made Athena Deluxe Massage Table Package by Custom Craftworks, for example, has the company's Touch Response memory foam encased in Natural Touch upholstery. Living Earth Crafts has the Pro Salon electric lift spa with an ultra-plush Strata multiple-layer memory foam system that is a generous 4 inches thick.

The Spa Luxe Stationary Spa Table has 3.5-inch-thick foam padding that contours to your client's body. This table has pneumatic controlled back and leg sections on a table with a four-section adjustable top. The base and open storage shelf are crafted from premium European beech wood. Spa Luxe is our exclusive in-house brand afford at an always-lower price than other premium brand massage tables.
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Are Body Oil and Massage Oil the Same
Are Body Oil and Massage Oil the Same
Comparing Body and Massage Oil
Since body oils and massage oils are both oils it is natural to think they are similar, if not the same, but there are stark differences between the two. The skin absorbs body oils and massage oils in different ways, providing two distinct outcomes: Body oils help to create soft and silky skin while massage oils work to relax tense muscles.

The Composition of Oils

Body and massage oils are both a combination of carrier oils and essential oils. Carrier oils typically come from plants and are created when things like nuts, seeds or kernels are pressed.

Body oils include richer carrier oils that absorb quickly into the skin. This helps the skin remain soft and silky. Body oils can be used in lighter massages, but they are not specifically made for deeper massages and will not perform as well as massage oils, which include carrier oils that glide more smoothly during massage.

Since massage oils apply smoother, they can better help relax muscles and require fewer applications. The difference between body oils and massage oils is the type of carrier oils used and the ratio to essential oils. Each serves a unique and different purpose.

The Best Massage Oils

Massage oils come in a wide range of types. At MassageTools, we stock the finest massage oils for your practice. We found that massage oils can make a big impact on how clients feel during their treatment. A smooth and rich oil can leave a better impression than one that is slimy and sticky. The right oil will offer a better treatment and make the client feel more relaxed and pampered.

At MassageTools, we offer top brands like Biotone, Aromaland and Sacred Earth. We offer scented and unscented oils, nut-free oils for clients with allergies and an entire line of oils that are USDA-certified.
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How Massages Affect the Nervous System
How Massages Affect the Nervous System
Why Your Nervous System Loves Massage
Therapeutic massage has a powerful effect on the nervous system, helping stimulate the release of natural hormones that not only provide a positive benefit to the body, but also help reduce unwanted chemicals.

The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and the nerves, along with millions of nerve endings. This system works in conjunction with the Endocrine system to regulate all functions of the body, releasing certain hormones and chemicals to keep the body in balance.

Research has shown that massage triggers the nervous system to release hormones that help us feel better, calm down and fight disease. Let's look at some of the hormones therapeutic massage helps release.

Dopamine. High levels of this hormone bring moods such as inspiration, joy and enthusiasm while lower levels can result in clumsiness, inability to focus and lack of motor control. Massage increases dopamine levels, which create that good feeling most people have after receiving a massage.

Serotonin. This hormone has a calming effect on people, reducing irritability and certain cravings. A low serotonin level is typical in people with depression and eating or other compulsive disorders. Increased serotonin leads to the calm feeling people have after a massage.

Endorphins. These help reduce pain in the body and give the mind an overall sense of wellbeing. Massage helps increase the available levels of these natural chemicals to help promote healing and speed recovery of other injuries.

Cortisol. A stress hormone, cortisol can increase stress-related symptoms and illnesses such as sleep deprivation and anxiety. Massage can lower these levels, helping return to body to a balanced state. That's one of the main reasons massages can benefit those that suffer from anxiety and depression.

There are many more benefits to massage, such as helping relieve muscle tightness or increasing blood flow to parts of the body. The nervous system benefits are some of the best, though, that show the full power of massage.
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How Do Massages Help Anxiety
How Do Massages Help Anxiety
The Anti-Anxiety Effects of Massage
A therapeutic massage can help reduce anxiety, lowering the levels of cortisol in a person's body while increasing the amount of oxytocin and serotonin. The end result is a happier and calmer person thanks to the release of these chemicals.

Anxiety comes from our bodies natural fight or flight mechanism. In older times where humans routinely fought for their lives, either against nature or other people, our bodies adapted for this scenario. When stressed, the body released cortisol, which suppressed the immune system and increased blood sugar levels to our muscles to get us ready to fight.

Managing Stress

Even without these types of threats today, our body responds to stress in the same way. Our body still releases cortisol, but without an enemy to physically fight, our muscle remain tense and in a state of attack. Massage can help combat this, relaxing the muscles and stimulating the nervous system to release oxytocin and serotonin, which help reduce stress.

Regular massage, in general, can help lower blood pressure and elevate a person's mood. When your body is relaxed, it will function much better, including a lower heart rate, easier breathing and a simpler time falling asleep.

While massage is not a cure all for anxiety, it can serve as a great addition to other stress reducers such as exercise and meditation.

Soothing Sounds

Another excellent way to reduce anxiety is with music. This music is intended to be soft and soothing, helping whoever listens to it remain calm and relaxed. While listening to music may not be good as a massage, it can serve as a simple way to help relax during a stressful commute or during an especially tumultuous workday.

Stress and anxiety are sadly a part of life, but also something that massage can help battle. Massage is excellent for stress, helping the body battle its effects naturally.
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How Do Massages Help Depression
How Do Massages Help Depression
Fight Back Against Depression with Massage
Depression can be a debilitating illness, but massage has proven to be an effective treatment. Massage helps the body release dopamine and serotonin, two chemicals that can help elevate mood and reduce the overall effects of depression when combined with other treatments.

Chemical Release

Therapeutic massage helps the nervous system release a number of different hormones and chemicals, chief among them dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine helps regulate movement and emotional responses. It helps people see rewards in the actions they do, but also to help them move toward them. When you are down and just feel like watching Netflix in bed, it is likely your dopamine levels are low.

Serotonin has a similar positive effect on the body. It helps a person feel happy and relaxed, along with the ability to get a good night's sleep. When people are low on serotonin, they typically feel depressed, uncomfortable and discontent.

That is why massage can be helpful in addition to things like exercise, which has a similar effect, and eating healthy foods. Massage stimulates the nervous system to release a wide range of hormones and chemicals, including dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals can help reduce the amount of cortisol a person has in their body as well.

How Massage Helps

Cortisol is a stress hormone that creates anxiety and depression. By increasing the amounts of dopamine and serotonin, people can combat the negative affects cortisol typically brings.

Think about the last time you had a massage. Changes are when the massage ended you felt in a better mood than when you came in. While that may be in part to the calming music of the oils the masseuse used to relax your muscles, that feeling came from the release of dopamine and serotonin.

Depression is a difficult disease that affects a large part of the population. Massage can serve as a natural treatment that can help those that fight it feel better.
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How Do Massages Help Headaches
How Do Massages Help Headaches
Better Than Advil: How Massage Helps Headaches
Headaches can come from a number of factors, but some of the most common are a simple result of stress. Called tension headaches, these can be incredibly painful and impact people that have been under large amounts of stress for long periods of time. Thankfully, massage can help relieve these types of headaches by relaxing muscle spasms and stress trigger points.

Therapeutic massage can relax the pressure brought on during migraine or tension-related headaches. Massages that focus on the head, neck and shoulders, especially, can decrease the pain and tension of these headaches.

Stimulating the Nervous System

Massages can serve as a great proactive measure for anyone that has regular headaches. Massage can help a body maintain an optimal level of relaxation to ward off any potential stress that can lead to a painful headache down the road.

A therapeutic massage will also help stimulate the body's nervous system. Doing so releases a number of hormones and chemicals into the body, including serotonin. Serotonin helps people feel happy and calm, along with making it easier to fall asleep. Additional sleep can usually help people with tension headaches to relaxing, reducing or eliminating the cause of many of their headaches.

The Right Muscles

From a physical standpoint, masseuses can massage the trapezius muscles that connect the shoulder to the neck to the back. People with chronic headaches can also stretch this muscle themselves using a variety of techniques.

Headaches can be a difficult thing to fight as they come on for a variety of reasons, but since they are so strong, most people will do anything possible to get rid of them once they appear. Thankfully massage can be a great treatment for headaches, either to help get rid of them once they appear or as a proactive measure. A professional masseuse can work with you on the types of massages you need based on your headaches, so there is no need to continue to live in pain.
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What Massage is Best for Knots
What Massage is Best for Knots
The Best Massages for Knots
The goal for most people when they get a massage is to get rid of knots, better characterized as tight muscles that may be causing them pain or discomfort in some way. Masseuses typically offer a wide variety of massage options, but deep tissue massages are typically seen as the best at getting rid of annoying knots.

Deep tissue massages work deeper into the muscles than other massages, most notably Swedish massages that tend to work more the surface muscles. The pressure put on the muscles during a deep tissue massage helps work the fascia, or connective tissue, that covers the muscles and bones. Helping to loosen these muscles can be great for relieving knots that appear.

The Power of Deep Tissue

While deep tissue massages are great for people with big knots, they might be too intense for some clients. Swedish massages are what most people think of when they hear massage, especially in the United States. These massages consist of a combination of long and gliding strokes that can be calming and gentle. They can help work out knots as well, although they are seen more as a way to relax the person getting it.

There are other types of massage as well there are commonly used, such as trigger point work, myofascial release and lymph drainage. While each of these massages have their unique benefits, people with deep knots will want to look to deep tissue massages first.

Bringing Intensity

Deep tissue massages are especially good at helping people with deeper issues or problems that go beyond standard knots. By working the deeper parts of the muscle, the person getting the massage has a much more intense, but also a much more revitalizing experience. If you find yourself with knots, look for a deep tissue massage, but consider a Swedish massage if you are unsure if you can handle the intensity of the deep tissue massage.
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What Massage Oil is Good for Arthritis
What Massage Oil is Good for Arthritis
The Right Massage Oil to Fight Arthritis
There are a number of great massage oils for people with arthritis. The key is looking at the ingredients listed in the massage oil, namely the essential oils that have anti-inflammation properties that can reduce the causes and symptoms of arthritis.

Massage oils are made up of carrier oils and essential oils. The carrier oils typically help directly with the skin, while essential oils can add additional benefits for muscles and joints. Most massage oils carry a variety of essential oils (it is common to find three or more essential oils in each blend).

The Right Oils

Essential oils that specifically help people with arthritis include Eucalyptus globulus, Peppermint Cedarwood, Lavender, Nutmeg, Yarrow, Clove bud, Sage, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Black Pepper, Juniper berry, Bay laurel and Cinnamon leaf. Look for massage oils that contain at least one of these essential oils, although the more you can find the better it will be for arthritis.

MassageTools has an extensive list of massage oils for purchase that can help with arthritis.

Arthritis sufferers may also want to consider making their own massage oil. It is very easy to make massage oil, which is a simple combination of carrier and essential oils. By making their own oil, arthritis sufferers can add whatever essential oils they want to make the perfect blend. If that is too much trouble, though, there are plenty of quality massage oils made with arthritis patients in mind that are made by professionals.

Improve Health

Massage has a number of healing effects and can improve the overall health and happiness of people that receive them. The tools masseuses use, though, such as massage oils can help people with certain ailments as well. Arthritis can be incredibly painful, but a massage with the rights oil can help provide some much needed relief. Arthritis suffers can find help with massage.
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Which Massage Cream is the Best
Which Massage Cream is the Best
The Best Massage Creams
The use of massage creams has grown in recent years, as some massage therapists prefer heavier creams to massage oils they may have to constantly reapply. With a wide range of massage creams available, the best one for each client comes down to the preference of the person being massage.

The Benefits of Creams

Massage creams are thicker than oils or lotions and typically have a slower absorption rate. This means the person using the cream has to use less of it during the course of a massage. Along with minimizing the number of times the masseuse needs to reapply, massage creams can sometimes be neater and require fewer cleanups.

Like massage oils, massage creams come in a wide range of options. The typical different comes in the scent. Some people like the aromatherapy benefits of massage oils and lotions and those can be found in creams as well, while some people prefer no smell at all.

A Wide Selection

At MassageTools, we carry massage creams from quality vendors such as Sacred Earth Botanicals and Biotone. We trust these manufacturers as we found professional masseuses recommend their products time and time again.

One product that has been especially popular is the Biotone Exfloi-Sea Salt Glow. This product contains sea salt in it that can help exfoliate a person's skin. It works similar to a facial, helping extract some of the toxins in the skin. Massage oils typically do not have that type of benefit.

Massage creams can be a great addition for any masseuse. While lotions and oils have become staples of any massage business, creams continue to grow in use. They are worth trying to provide customers with different options for their massage. At MassageTools, we offer only quality products and the makers of our top massage creams are the same that make our oils and lotions.

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Which Massage Oil is Best for Sensitive Skin
Which Massage Oil is Best for Sensitive Skin
The Best Oil for Sensitive Skin
For clients with sensitive skin, masseuses should use unscented, hypoallergenic massage oils or creams that will be softer on the skin. Masseuses should also look to use lotions or creams that are nut free and use ingredients such as jojoba and grapeseed oil as a base.

While these types of lubricants will likely work on most patients with sensitive skin, its best to ask if the client knows what type of oils they've used successfully in the past. That can help take away some trial and error from the process.

A Small Test

Since each person's skin reacts different to different types of oils, masseuses working with a new client may want test a lubricant on a small area and then look for a reaction before using it on other places of the body.

Even for clients with non-sensitive skin, masseuses should use oils that are all natural and organic. These can help enrich the skin and will be better for whoever they are placed on than ingredients with lots of chemicals.

It's recommended that masseuses, at the very least, keep a bottle of fragrance-free, all natural massage oil on hand for clients with sensitive skin. Masseuses should also make sure the oil they use is high quality as that will help reduce the chance of it irritating their client's skin.

Outside the Massage

Of course, treating clients with sensitive skin goes beyond just oils and lotions. Massage businesses should wash linens in natural laundry detergents without synthetic preservatives, toxins, bleach or additional fragrances. That will help reduce the chance a client has their skin irritated while receiving treatment.

Working with sensitive skin can be tricky, but by taking the right precautionary measures, masseuses can make sure they have the right products on hand that will leave their clients feeling great. The more care you take in choosing products, the better the overall results will be.

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Which Massage Oil is Good for Babies
Which Massage Oil is Good for Babies
The Best Massage Oil for Babies
A baby's skin is incredibly smooth and soft, making it a joy to touch, but difficult to massage. From diaper rash and eczema, baby skin faces a lot of challenges before any creams and lotions are used, but with the right treatment, new parents can give their child a relaxing massage without damaging their precious skin.

Pediatricians strongly recommend against using anything with harsh chemicals, like sunscreen, on baby's skin. Not only because it can irritate the skin, but also because a baby's skin is so delicate it can end up doing more harm than good.

What to Use

Giving a baby a massage is a wonderful way not only for parents to bond with their new child, but also to help the baby feel comfortable. After all, baby's spend nine months growing inside their mother and may have muscles that feel knotted or crunched upon entering the world.

To improve the massage, many people add a little bit of oil. Parents giving their child a massage will want to look for products with either sunflower or grapeseed oil as the primary carrier oil. Both of these products contain linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that can help protect sensitive baby skin.

There are also some products to avoid. Any products that have mustard oil, unrefined peanut oil or Aqueous cream. Each of these has ingredients that can be harsh on skin, causing irritation or rash.

Other Options

Many parents also use simply vegetable oil, but that can be difficult to mix with essential oils that can bring added benefits to the massage. Olive oil is also an option some parents have tried, but it has been known to sometimes cause a mild redness even without a history of sensitive skin.

Taking the time to massage your baby is a great way to bond, but make sure to use the right oils as some may cause your baby irritation.

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Who Invented Massage Therapy
Who Invented Massage Therapy
The History of Massage Therapy
Massage has a long history in the world with the first traces dating back more than 5,000 years. Massage has history in India, Japan, Egypt and China, but the Swedish are considered the founders of modern massage, along with the practice of massage therapy.

Despite its early roots in many different cultures, massage was rarely used in western civilizations until about the year 1,600. Scientific breakthroughs for the time were changing the foundation of modern medicine and healing methods.

Between 1,600 and 1,800, physicians and scientists began to document the benefits of massage, although little was done to advance the practice.

That was until the early 1,800s when Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling developed the Swedish Gymnastic Movement System. It incorporated massage with medical gymnastic and physiology with techniques such as stroking, press and squeezing to treat physical issues.

Further Development

While many believe Ling invented Swedish massage that is simply not true. However, his advancements have him recognized as the "Father of Massage" thanks to the advancements he made in massage and bringing it to western culture.

Ling's techniques were still used in the 1930s and 1940s when massage became more popular in the United States. Two New York physicians used Ling's techniques to open a practice in New York that led to a boom in the 1970s. Today, consumers in the United States spend more than $9 billion on massage.

Many cultures have contributed to the growth of massage over time. The ancient techniques created in China and India helped inform Ling's early work that practitioners have further developed over time. Massage today is as popular as it's ever been, whether as a way to relax or as a way to help injured muscles. There is a reason it has been practiced as long as it has, but the true exciting part is that new techniques are always being developed. The future of massage is almost endless.

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Which Massage Oil is Good for Weight Loss
Which Massage Oil is Good for Weight Loss
The Right Massage Oil for Weight Loss
Sadly, a massage will not magically help you lose weight, but there are essential oils that can be placed in massage oils that will aid you in your larger weight loss efforts. By using some of these essential oils, you can help other weight loss activities such as diet and exercise.

Massage has a number of benefits from helping people reduce stress to working out injuries in sore muscles, but certain massage oils can help lose weight. Massage oils are made up of two main parts: carrier oils and essential oils.

The Right Essential Oils

The carrier oils serve as the base of the massage oil and can help improve a person's skin, especially if that person has rough or damaged skin. Essential oils add a number of additional benefits, primarily as an aromatherapy delivery system that can help people become relaxed.

Most massage oils have three or more essential oils and each brings its unique benefits. For those that want a little help in their weight loss journey, look for massage oils with grapefruit oil, cinnamon oil or ginger oil. These can be added to existing massage oils or used as part of a proprietary blend.

What They Do

Grapefruit oil can help break down fat, cinnamon oil can aid in regulating blood sugar levels while ginger oil reduces sugar cravings. While none of these alone with help lose weight, they can assist someone who is already making positive changes to improve their weight.

Customers can look for massage oils with these ingredients. MassageTools carries a number of different oils with different essential oils blends and mixes. These oils can also be added as part of a homemade massage oil or requested at a local massage business.

There are a number of benefits to massage. While most people don't think of weight loss as one of them, there are certain parts of massage that can help with these efforts.

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Why Do Massages Relieve Pain
Why Do Massages Relieve Pain
The Pain-Relieving Power of Massage
When a person is in pain, it dominates their life. The only thing that can help is finding relief for that pain, either a permanent solution or, at the very least, a temporary solution. Massage can be a useful tool in fighting off pain, especially for minor and nagging aches.

So How Does Massage Fight Pain?

Massage helps the body battle pain in a number of ways. First, massage helps increase blood flow to stiff joins and sore muscles. The extra circulation warms these areas, helping them heal faster, but also feel less pain at that time.

Massage also helps release natural painkillers into the brain. Massage releases oxytocin, a hormone that relaxes muscles and encourages feelings of calmness and contentment. The person immediately feels better and more relaxed, so feelings of pain either feel less intense or go away completely.

Finally, massage may change the way a brain sense pain. The sharp sensation of a good massage can make the brain simply forget about other aches and pains. While the pain doesn't immediately go away, it changes the brains focus to things that feel better.

How Effective is Massage?

Massage is great at helping pain in the short term. People immediately feel better thanks to the release of hormones. Regular massages can promote general good health and starve off nagging aches and pains that normally occur in people.

For more serious pain, people should see their doctor for other remedies. Massage can many times be a great addition to other pain management treatment plans. Talk to your doctor to see if massage can be beneficial to whatever other treatments you may undergo.

More than anything, massage helps people feel better. Pain can be difficult to live with, but massage can help reduce its effects and promote a general overall healthy lifestyle.
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Difference Between a Swedish vs Therapeutic Massage
Difference Between a Swedish vs Therapeutic Massage
The Difference Between Swedish and Therapeutic Massage
Too often people pick a massage without knowing what separates it from other options. One of the most common areas of confusion comes between therapeutic and Swedish massages. While there are many similarities between the two, Swedish massages tend to be gentler and more focused on relaxation while therapeutic massages try to help relieve muscle tension.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massages tend to be what most people think of when they think of a massage. After a stressful week at the office or as a way to relax on vacation, Swedish massages are aimed at helping people simply feel good. They focus on slow and gliding strokes with light to medium pressure that will increase circulation and blood flow.

More than anything, they help people relax without putting too much pressure on the muscles. The end result is a person who is happier and more relaxed than when they came in.

Therapeutic Massage

On the other hand, therapeutic massages tend to be deeper and more intense. They are perfect for relieving muscle tension or discomfort and improving range of motion. Therapeutic massage can help loose tense areas and break up knots. Since these massages are more intense, it makes for a much different experience than a Swedish massage.

While both will leave the person getting the massage energized and refreshed, therapeutic massages are more intense. It's not uncommon for a person getting a therapeutic massage to be sore a day or two after their massage as their muscles have been worked in ways they may not normally be worked during daily physical activity.

No matter your choice, though, both massages will offer benefits. The key is if you have larger problems you would like to correct or if you would like a more relaxing experience that will leave you feeling good, but may not attack trouble areas that may benefit from the experience.
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Difference Between a Masseuse vs a Massage Therapist
Difference Between a Masseuse vs a Massage Therapist
Masseuses vs. Massage Therapists
People use the terms massage therapist and masseuse interchangeably, but are they using both terms right? The reality is most people do not know what each term means, but still use them. That leads us to the question: What exactly is the difference between a massage therapist and a masseuse?

The answer is actually pretty simple. A masseuse is a woman while a massage therapist can be a man or a woman. The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses the same Standard Operational Code for both designations and the terms are used throughout the industry.

The term "masseuse" originated in France in the late 1800s while male counterpart is "masseur". If you were French, then masseuse or masseur would be the correct term to use, but those have gone out of fashion in recent years.

Why the Change?

Most practitioners prefer the term massage therapist over gender specific connotations. Since the job requires the massage therapist to be in close physical contact with the person they are massaging, practitioners like to use the term since it sounds more professional takes away some of the more sexual meanings that have affected the industry.

Massage therapist makes the position sound more like a doctor and takes away the unsavory practices that some undertake and mar the industry. The term massage therapist shows that the person giving the massage is performing a service that provides a medical benefit, a type of physical therapy, and shows the hard work and determination people need to get that type of job.

How to Become a Massage Therapist

Massage therapists and masseuses go through the same rigorous training. To enter the profession, prospects must get post-secondary training that can last 500 hours or more. Most states regulate the practice and have varying degrees of licensing and certification, since the people performing massages are directly treating other people.
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Best Massage for Neck Pain
Best Massage for Neck Pain
What is the Best Massage for Neck Pain?
Neck pain can quickly debilitate a person, but massage in the right places can help relieve tension in the neck. Neck pain sufferers can also receive a type of massage called myofascial release that can provide added benefits.

Work Around the Neck

When a person's neck hurts, the things most would expect to do is massage the neck itself. In reality, that is not helpful and can actually make neck problems worse. One of the best things about massage is that it can help the entire body feel better and that is the case of neck massage.

For neck pain, it's best to massage the areas around the neck. That includes the shoulders and upper back, but also the arms, chest, lower back and even the legs. By relaxing the whole body, neck pain can subside or least lessen in severity. Massaging the neck directly when it hurts, even gently, can sometimes increase the pain people face, which is contrary to what most people would think.

Myofascial Release

Another method that massage therapists use to treat neck pain is myofascial release or MFR. This is an alternative medicine therapy that can help release tension. When used on the face and jaw, it can help reduce tension in the fascia, connective tissue that surround nearly every part of the body.

While focusing this on the face, jaw and neck, it can help relieve overall pain in the neck. While traditional massage may work better, there are massage therapists that swear by the use of myofascial release.

The key thing to remember with neck pain is that all parts of the body are connected. By working massage on parts of the body that surround the neck, people can get relief without risking further injury to their neck. If you are experiencing neck pain, talk with a massage therapist about the best treatment for your specific condition.
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Best Massage for Fibromyalgia
Best Massage for Fibromyalgia
Learn How Massage Helps Fibromyalgia
Massage can be an excellent way to relieve some of the more severe symptoms of fibromyalgia, a syndrome that causes widespread chronic pain, especially in the joins, and overall fatigue. While many types of massage will help fibromyalgia sufferers, reflexology combined with traditional massage therapy has shown to produce superb results.

Reflexology is not officially a type of massage, but is instead the practice of applying massage techniques to the feet, ankles, hands or outer ears as a way to reduce overall pain. For fibromyalgia sufferers, reflexology can help relieve some of the tension that the syndrome causes in these joins. Reflexology has also been known to help people sleep, something fibromyalgia sufferers sometimes lack.

Distinct Challenges

Working with a client with fibromyalgia can be difficult. The person likely has pain on all parts of their body and can be difficult to properly massage, especially if they are sensitive to touch. A good massage, though, can bring them relief, so the massage therapist and the client need to be in regular communication about what feels good, and what causes pain.

Studies have shown that low-impact massage can help raise the levels of natural chemicals in the body that can reduce pain and fatigue, the two primary symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Additional Treatments

Along with reflexology, fibromyalgia sufferers can benefit from regular Swedish massages with light pressure. These massages focus more on increasing blood flow and reenergizing the person receiving them.

Massage therapists should also understand a little about their patients. People with fibromyalgia sometimes feel strong symptoms at different parts of the year as weather changes. A drop in temperature can cause extra stiffness for example, so massage therapists should work on a plan of regular massage as a way to help clients with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a difficult syndrome to live with, but with the help of massage and reflexology, the symptoms can be made much more manageable.
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Best Massage for Carpal Tunnel
Best Massage for Carpal Tunnel
Massage Helps Carpal Tunnel
With so many people spending both their working hours and recreation time on the computer, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is becoming more and more commonplace. The constant clicking of mouse pads or pressing keys to type causes some people intense wrist pain that massage can help alleviate.

The Pain of Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome comes from constant pressure on the median nerve, which runs down the inside of the forearm from the elbow to the hand. Pain develops from repetitive movements such as typing on a keyboard or from other repetitive activities, such as a mechanic that must turn a wrench during the day. Playing a musical instrument or even sleeping in an awkward position can exacerbate the causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Most doctors prescribe a reduction of these repetitive activities, but for some that may not be an option as they can be tied to work. Other doctors prescribe a brace that can help alter some of these movements to release the pressure.

Power of Massage

Massage has shown to help the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which include numbness, tingling and pain in the hand or fingers. Massage helps relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms by breaking down scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles of the wrist and forearm.

Restoring the muscles to full elasticity allows the wrist to move more freely and more aptly handle the motions that caused pain in the first place.

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms will not disappear after one massage, but can improve with regular treatment. Massage therapists can also teach you stretching exercises and routines that can help relieve symptoms in the future.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be terribly painfully. It can also be very frustrating as people need their hands and wrist to do some many tasks, related to work or not. If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, contact a massage therapist in addition to your doctor. Massage therapy can be helpful in treating symptoms and pain in addition to prescribed care from a medical professional.
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Best Massage for Sciatica
Best Massage for Sciatica
How Massage Helps Sciatica
Sciatic nerve pain, more commonly referred to as sciatica, can range from mildly uncomfortable to seriously affecting how people walk and move. Massage to different parts of the body, especially the lower back, can help relieve the symptoms of sciatica, along with improve overall health.

Sciatica pain is caused with the sciatic nerve roots in your lower back become pinched or irritated. Because of the size and placement of the sciatic nerve, it can cause pain throughout the length of a person's leg. In some cases, the pain can be mild and disappear on its own within a few days or even hours, but more severe cases can inhibit a person's ability to walk.

Targeted Treatment

To help sciatic pain, massage therapists should massage the lower back. Massage therapy loosens these muscles to help prevent pinching or irritation. Massage on the leg itself may be helpful, but treating the lower back will provide much better results as that is the primary source of discomfort.

Massage elsewhere may help as well. Massage stimulates the nervous system, causing the body to release hormones and chemicals that can help relieve pain. This can help provide temporarily relief to some of the main symptoms of sciatic, such as a throbbing pain in your foot or the burning sensation down the leg.

Relieving Pain

Massage, in general, can help relieve types of pain like this. It can be an additional treatment for sciatica and can help improvement additional preventative measures such as stretch, exercise and weight loss.

While it is always best to visit a professional massage therapist, massage chairs can be a helpful alternative, especially for people that may work all day in an office and spend lots of time in a sitting position.

If you suffer from sciatica, consult your local massage therapist to see what treatments may be available for you.

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Acupuncture vs Massage Therapy
Acupuncture vs Massage Therapy
When to Use Massage vs. Acupuncture
Acupuncture and massage can both help relieve pain around the body, but the treatments are great at treating specific types of pain. If you find yourself with sharp or stabbing pains, acupuncture may be best, while massage can help with lingering or dull yet relentless types of pain.

How Acupuncture Helps

Acupuncture and massage vary in their techniques. Acupuncture involves placing small needles in specific parts of the body to help relieve pain and tension in a given area. It is a practice that has been perfected over thousands of years, but it also offers a different type of relief than massage.

Typically, acupuncture can help nerve pain. When nerves become damaged, they can give off sharp of stabbing pains. Acupuncture can help the blood flow to these areas of the body that can help heal the nerves that are damaged. Acupuncture can also help with muscular pain that can benefit from massage, but may not be as effective as other treatments. For the sharp pains associated with nerve damage, acupuncture is a superb form of treatment.

How Massage Helps

Massage is best at helping muscular injuries. These tend to not be as sharp as nerve injuries, but may last for longer periods of time without showing signs of improvement. Massage helps relax the muscles and helps the nervous system release endorphins that can help make the muscles hurt less than before.

Massage is also great for people with tight muscles around their body that could be causing them further pain, such as the neck and shoulders. By releasing the tension in these muscles, massage can help the person feel better.

Acupuncture and massage are both great treatments. They both offer rewards for the people that use them and can help relieve pain in many cases. Consult a massage therapist or an acupuncturist before receiving treatment for your condition to see specifically which one is best for your needs.
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Sports Massage vs Deep Tissue
Sports Massage vs Deep Tissue
The Difference Between Sports, Deep Tissue Massage
Sports massages and deep tissue massages are both excellent ways to help active people recover from injuries and help promote overall health. The two offer a slight difference, though, as sports massages target specific joins, while deep tissue massages work deeply into all muscles.

Benefit of Sports Massages

From professional athletes to avid weekend warriors, sports massages are a fantastic way to help people recover from vigorous activity. Sports massages work as much as a preventative measure as they do a recovery tool. Sports massages, in particular, can target specific joins and tendons to help promote recovery from overuse, but also to remain relaxed and active for future stress.

Think of a runner who spends a lot of time training. They put a lot of pressure on their knees and ankles especially, along with working muscles such as the hamstrings and calves. By getting these areas massage, they can lessen the tension of these muscles. This will help them recover to allow for training in the future to help reduce potential injury.

Benefit of Deep Tissue

On the other hand, deep tissue massages work the muscles below the surface. The massages tend to be very intense, putting large amounts of pressure on the muscle. The goal is to work all parts of the muscle, relieving knots and tension to help the body relax. People are typically sore after a deep tissue massage, similar to if they had lifted weights the previous day.

This type of massage can help people recover from injury, but also as a way to release endorphins and other naturally occurring chemicals in the body to encourage healing. Deep tissue massage are an excellent way for people to revitalize their body, but they do not target a specific area. They are better for promoting overall wellness, opposed to treating a specific body part.
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What are some Massage Oils without Nuts
What are some Massage Oils without Nuts
The Top Massage Oils Without Nuts
Nut allergies get more and more attention these days and it makes sense. Some people have severe allergic reactions to even the smallest nut particles. If they come in contact with nuts, the person can suffer greatly from swelling and irritation to their throat and airways closing off.

Massage professionals are aware of this. Since many massage oils come from natural ingredients, including a mixture and carrier and essential oils, some of which come from nuts, it's important that massage therapists have nut-free alternatives.

At MassageTools, we sell a number nut free products.

Our Top Choice

The best of the market is EarthLite Nut Free Massage Oil. This is a rich and moisturizing oil made of a blend of five of the finest natural cold-pressed oils, along with Vitamin E and a coconut derived skin conditioner. The skin conditioner helps the disperse ability of oil in water while the Vitamin E provides antioxidants that help with skin repair.

The main ingredients are sweet almond oil, sesame seed oil, safflower oil, grape seed oil and avocado oil, along with the Vitamin E. Sweet almond oil is a traditional alternative for people with nut allergies. The majority of nut allergies are to peanuts and tree nuts, so while almonds are a nut, they are seen as a good alternative for patients with these other kinds of nut allergies.

Why Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular oils among massage therapists. It is easily absorbed but not so quickly it needs rapid reapplication. It also leaves the skin soft and satiny smooth, making it a preferred choice of clients as well.

Nut allergies can be difficult and dangerous to deal with. By choosing the right nut free allergy oil, massage therapists can know that they are taking every precaution to treat people with these dangerous allergies.
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What are some Massage Oils with Lavender
What are some Massage Oils with Lavender
Massage Oils with Lavender
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils. It helps eliminate nervous tension, relieves pain, disinfects the scalp and skin, enhances blood circulation and treats respiratory problems. Because of all these benefits and its wonderful smell, lavender is a popular ingredient in massage oils.

Our Pick

Our best massage oil with lavender is Aromatherapy Massage Oil from Aromaland. As part of a collection of massage oil, the Aromaland products are created from cold pressed plant oils that are rich in vitamins and unsaturated acids. These essential oils are used alongside grape seed, rosehip, sweet among, safflower and sunflower oils to make excellent tools for massage.

All of these oils are enriched with Vitamins E and C to provide smooth and nourished skin, along with a smooth application to improve massage.

The lavender blend is a mix of Bulgarian Lavender, Lavendin, Orange, Geranium, Cedarwood, Marjoram and Frankincense. This is one of our top selling massage oils because it provides a strong aromatherapy response in patients.

Benefits of Lavender

Aromatherapy has been shown to increase the dopamine and serotonin released when a person gets a massage, helping them to relax. Lavender's calming scent is wonderful for people with anxiety issues. It can be helpful in treating people with migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress.

Lavender has also been shown to increase mental activity and can help remove nervous exhaustion and restlessness.

For massage purposes, lavender can help reduce a number of pains including those caused by sore and tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism and sprains. That is why so many athletes turn to lavender for relief as it can reduce the amount of pain a person feels.

There are so many benefits to lavender it is no wonder massage therapists prefer to use it in their practice. We offer a number of aromatherapy products, but we found this one is the best.
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Which Massage Oil is Best for Muscle Pain
Which Massage Oil is Best for Muscle Pain
What is the Best Massage Oil for Pain?
There are a number of great massage oils for people in pain. The key is looking at the ingredients listed in the massage oil, namely the essential oils that have anti-inflammation properties.

Massage oils are made up of carrier oils and essential oils. The carrier oils typically help directly with the skin, while essential oils can add additional benefits for muscles and joints. Most massage oils carry a variety of essential oils (it is common to find three or more essential oils in each blend).

Best Oils

Essential oils that specifically help people with arthritis include Eucalyptus globulus, Peppermint Cedarwood, Lavender, Nutmeg, Yarrow, Clove bud, Sage, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Black Pepper, Juniper berry, Bay laurel and Cinnamon leaf. Look for massage oils that contain at least one of these essential oils, although the more you can find the better it will be for arthritis.

MassageTools has an extensive list of massage oils for purchase that can help with this type of pain.

One Choice

At MassageTools, one of our best massage oils for treating pain is Biotone's Revitalizing Massage Oil. This oil combines a special blend of nut oils, including cold-pressed Sweet Almond oil, Hawaiian Kukui Nut oil and Coconut oil. This offers a great texture and an ability to penetrate into the muscles.

Because of its easy application, it helps massage therapists better massage muscles and help reduce pain. Massages help relieve pain by releasing different endorphins and chemicals from the nervous system to make people feel better. The better a massage oil, the better a massage can help with this purpose.

When looking to relive pain, look for massage oils with the essential oils listed above or look for oils that are easy to apply that can allow the massage therapist to give you a deep and proper massage.
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Which Massage Oil is Best for Arthritis
Which Massage Oil is Best for Arthritis
Best Massage Oil for Arthritis
There are a number of great massage oils for people with arthritis. The key is looking at the ingredients listed in the massage oil, namely the essential oils that have anti-inflammation properties that can reduce the causes and symptoms of arthritis.

Massage oils are made up of carrier oils and essential oils. The carrier oils typically help directly with the skin, while essential oils can add additional benefits for muscles and joints. Most massage oils carry a variety of essential oils (it is common to find three or more essential oils in each blend).

Best Oils

Essential oils that specifically help people with arthritis include Eucalyptus globulus, Peppermint Cedarwood, Lavender, Nutmeg, Yarrow, Clove bud, Sage, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Black Pepper, Juniper berry, Bay laurel and Cinnamon leaf. Look for massage oils that contain at least one of these essential oils, although the more you can find the better it will be for arthritis.

MassageTools has an extensive list of massage oils for purchase that can help with arthritis.

Helping Hands

Arthritis sufferers may also want to consider making their own massage oil. It is very easy to make massage oil, which is a simple combination of carrier and essential oils. By making their own oil, arthritis sufferers can add whatever essential oils they want to make the perfect blend. If that is too much trouble, though, there are plenty of quality massage oils made with arthritis patients in mind that are made by professionals.

Massage has a number of healing effects and can improve the overall health and happiness of people that receive them. The tools masseuses use, though, such as massage oils can help people with certain ailments as well. Arthritis can be incredibly painful, but a massage with the rights oil can help provide some much needed relief. Arthritis suffers can find help with massage.
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Best 100 pc Hot Towel Cabinet with Sterilizer
Best 100 pc Hot Towel Cabinet with Sterilizer
Our Pick: Best Large Towel Cabinet
Hot towels are simply one of the best parts of receiving a massage. Whether it is at the end of an invigorating deep tissue massage or a relaxing Swedish massage, a hot towel can make a client feel pampered and already thinking about their next trip to the massage.

Professional Grade

To provide these towels, professional massage businesses need a number of different towel warmers. Many use smaller warmers in individual massage rooms, but there is also a need for a central towel warmer. Not only can this be used to warm towels before they go to smaller warmers, they can act as a backup for especially busy days.

While there are many towel warmers on the market, it can be difficult to find the right large towel heater. Since these tend to be a large investment, businesses will want to make sure they pick the right one. That's why we recommend the Watkins Towel Steamer 360, which you can find on MassageTools.

This towel steamer can accommodate up to 360 towels. It is perfect for hotel spas and salons or any retreat that caters to a steady stream of cliental.

Ready to Go

Each towel will come out moist and steamy. Forget about pre-moistening because who has time for that?

A large reservoir assures that the towel are properly moistened and sanitized. A temperature gage allows you to regulate the heat from 90 degrees Fahrenheit up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. It's a great pick for businesses both small and large.

Hot towels are one of the great parts of a massage. More than anything, it makes the client feel special. While hot towels are common at spas, most people are not used to get a hot towel in their everyday life. It's a special bonus that you provide. Make sure you always have enough towels with the Watkins Towel Steamer 360.
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What are some Massage Oils with Eucalyptus
What are some Massage Oils with Eucalyptus
Massage Oil with Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is best known as a tasty treat for Koala bears, but it also has a number of benefits for humans as well, especially when put in massage oil. There are a number of massage oils that feature eucalyptus as an essential oil, but we recommend Eucalyptus Globulus from Aromaland.

Eucalyptus provides plenty of benefits. It can act as an anti-inflammatory, an antiseptic, a decongestant and even a deodorant. Since eucalyptus acts as an antiseptic, it is great at helping repair injured skin. That is why it is part of so many different massage oils. It can help heal wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts and abrasions, along with insect bites.

The Right Choice

Aromaland's eucalyptus oil is taken from growing eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus is a great ingredient when massaging sore, aching muscles or as an energizing sports massage. It can also be easily mixed with other essential oils, such as marjoram, rosemary, lavender, cedarwood and frankincense.

While eucalyptus is great is massage oil, it's especially beneficial for people that play a lot of outdoor sports or simply like being outside. Eucalyptus is known to repel insects, so having it on your skin or in your hair can help keep bugs at bay while enjoying the great outdoors.

Mental Health

For massages, eucalyptus has been known to help with mental exhaustion. It has a cooling and refreshing effect that can help rejuvenate spirits, along with reduce stress. This makes it a popular pairing with Swedish massages or other types of massages aimed at relaxing the person getting the massage.

While there are lots of eucalyptus oils on the market, Aromaland's offering has shown to be a popular one among our customers. Clients have raved about the product's quality and consistency from bottle to bottle. As you look for the right eucalyptus treatment, look to Aromaland for your next bottle.
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Best Massage Oil for Cellulite
Best Massage Oil for Cellulite
Best Massage Oil for Cellulite
Men and women both want to get rid of cellulite, but doing so can be difficult. With the right massage oils, though, people can help reduce the amount of unsightly cellulite while relaxing their muscles and improving their overall health.

In particular, people will want to look for massage oils that include fennel or geranium. Both are especially good at helping reduce the amount of cellulite that people have.

Massage oils are made up of carrier oils and essential oils. The carrier oils help relieve muscle tension and improving a person's skin, while the essential oils can add a wide range of benefits. Most massage oils contain three or more essential oils and people can create their own mixtures depending on the type of results they would like.

For people that want to get rid of cellulite, fennel and geranium are two great essential oils to try.

The Power of Fennel

Fennel has potent diuretic properties that help speed up the body's elimination of stored up waste materials. It also reduces the prevalence of water retention in tissue, so people will feel less bloated. Fennel can also help break up fatty deposits underneath the surface of the skin, so treatments can greatly improve the appearance of cellulite.

Use Geranium

Geranium is another excellent choice. Geranium improves circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system that helps diminish water retention and eliminate toxins. Mix geranium with a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage into any areas with cellulite. That will help promote healing and, over time, reduce the amount of cellulite.

There are other essential oils that can be helpful as well. Those include grapefruit, juniper and lemongrass, just to name a few.

Having cellulite can make people feel self-conscious. With the right essential oils, though, and some massage, you can fight back against cellulite and improve the problem with just a few sessions.
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Best Type of Massage for TMJ
Best Type of Massage for TMJ
The Best Massage for TMJ
TMJ syndrome is the common name for an injured jaw muscle that can cause people lots of pain, but with the right massage the symptoms of TMJ syndrome and other jaw issues can be relieved.

The masseter muscle helps you chew, covering the sides of the jaw just behind the teeth. It also does things like help you clench your jaw and grind your teeth. Based on this location, it can cause a number of uncomfortable issues when it either becomes injured or worn out from overuse.

What is TMJ Syndrome?

The masseter muscle connects at the temporomandibular joint, which is more commonly known just as TMJ. When the masseter muscle of the TMJ become tense, it can lead to headaches, earaches and toothaches, tinnitus or teeth grinding.

When a person has TMJ syndrome, their jaw fails to function properly. It can affect eating and sleeping and range from being simply a minor annoyance to something that is very painful.

Doctors recommend a number of activities to help reduce the use of this muscle to help relieve pain. That includes eating softer foods, making sure teeth are always in a neutral position and making sure not to have the neck or jaw in extreme positions.

How Massage Helps

Massage can also help. A light massage of the masseter muscle several times a day can help relieve unnecessary tension. If the muscle is tense, it will be working when it should be resting, constantly holding that tension. Massage helps the muscle rest and gives it a chance to recover, similar to how the other treatments focus on helping the muscle from overworking itself.

If you have TMJ, make sure to consult with a doctor, but think about how massage can help the issue. TMJ can be incredibly painful, but massage can be a crucial part of the recovery process and help those with the syndrome find some relief.
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Facial Massage vs Botox
Facial Massage vs Botox
Difference Between Facial Massage and Botox
Both facial massages and Botox are common ways for people to improve the skin on and around their face, removing wrinkles and creases that show aging. While both will help, what are the differences between facial massages and Botox?

Facial Massage

Facial massages have been shown to reduce fine lines and help overall skin health. With a good massage oil, people can give themselves a quick facial massage or go to a spa or a professional massage therapist to receive a facial massage. The oil helps keep the skin nice and health, fighting off wrinkles and other marks.

Through facial massage, tension around the jaw is also loosened. Massage also helps increase circulation and helps firm the facial tissue by stimulating muscles in the face. This helps in aiding lymph flow that allows for deeper penetration of creams and serums. Plus, massage is a natural remedy that people can do in their own home.

How Botox Works

This is compared to Botox, which has gotten lots of attention of celebrities that use the toxin to improve the look of their face. Botox, when injected in small amounts, can silence nerves near the injection site and can weaken a muscle for up to a year. When these muscles weaken, they reduce wrinkles and show a smooth overlying skin.

While Botox has been shown to work, it is unnatural and something that must be constantly reapplied as it loses its potency. Facial massage is natural and has been shown to help facial muscles be healthier.

Botox is usually seen as a last resort or as a way to help people with severe conditions. Facial massage is a great preventative treatment that with regular use can provide long-term results that help people look better, but more importantly, feel better about themselves. Before going to Botox, try facial massage and you may quickly see results.
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Difference Between a Shiatsu Massage vs Swedish
Difference Between a Shiatsu Massage vs Swedish
Benefits of Swedish and Shiatsu Massage
Shiatsu and Swedish massage are probably the two best-known types of massage, but which one is right for you? Shiatsu is aimed at helping people feel better, energizing the body to fix problems within itself, while Swedish massages focuses more on relaxation and bringing the person being massaged to a calm and happy state.

Why Shiatsu

Originated in Japan and China, Shiatsu massage has been incredibly popular around the world for more than 50 years. Shiatsu means "finger pressure," and helps describe the technique used. Shiatsu massage therapists put pressure on different points of a person's body, along with rotating and stretching limbs, joints and specific focus areas of the body.

Shiatsu massage follows the Eastern belief in the medicine that the body can heal itself. Shiatsu massage is supposed to put the body in balance, so it can self-repair any injuries. Shiatsu is great for people with nagging aches and pains that can benefit from massage in key areas.

Why Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is seen more as a relaxation technique. Most massages people get at professional massage businesses or spas are Swedish massages. During the massage, the therapist will use light to medium pressure and massage the person in long and relaxed strokes.

The goal is to release endorphins into the body to make the person feel relaxed and happy. Most people that get Swedish massages immediately feel better following their treatment. While this type of massage is incredibly popular, it does not specifically target any types of injuries. It's primary focus is to release tension from the body, opposed to be a technique to repair injured muscles for instance.

Massages have a wide range of benefits and Shiatsu and Swedish massages are no exception. Both will leave the person getting the massage feeling better. It all depends on what time of treatment you enjoy getting. Swedish massage may be more relaxing, but Shiatsu massage can be rejuvenating and exhilarating.
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Acupuncture vs Massage Therapy
Acupuncture vs Massage Therapy
Comparison: Acupuncture and Massage
Acupuncture and massage can both help relieve pain around the body, but the treatments are great at treating specific types of pain. If you find yourself with sharp or stabbing pains, acupuncture may be best, while massage can help with lingering or dull yet relentless types of pain.

How Acupuncture Helps

Acupuncture and massage vary in their techniques. Acupuncture involves placing small needles in specific parts of the body to help relieve pain and tension in a given area. It is a practice that has been perfected over thousands of years, but it also offers a different type of relief than massage.

Typically, acupuncture can help nerve pain. When nerves become damaged, they can give off sharp of stabbing pains. Acupuncture can help the blood flow to these areas of the body that can help heal the nerves that are damaged. Acupuncture can also help with muscular pain that can benefit from massage, but may not be as effective as other treatments. For the sharp pains associated with nerve damage, acupuncture is a superb form of treatment.

How Massage Helps

Massage is best at helping muscular injuries. These tend to not be as sharp as nerve injuries, but may last for longer periods of time without showing signs of improvement. Massage helps relax the muscles and helps the nervous system release endorphins that can help make the muscles hurt less than before.

Massage is also great for people with tight muscles around their body that could be causing them further pain, such as the neck and shoulders. By releasing the tension in these muscles, massage can help the person feel better.

Acupuncture and massage are both great treatments. They both offer rewards for the people that use them and can help relieve pain in many cases. Consult a massage therapist or an acupuncturist before receiving treatment for your condition to see specifically which one is best for your needs.
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