Showing posts with label massage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label massage. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Flu Facials?

It's no secret the flu has been rampant this year, along with some strong flu like illnesses going around. I've seen a few spas start to incorporate "Flu Facials" the last few weeks to help ease any lingering suffering.

If you have never had the flu, I commend your immune system! If you have had the flu, you know the muscle ache and facial pain from congestion. Once your client is on the road to recovery and back out in the world, a relaxing and clearing facial may sound heavenly!

Using products that are calming, cooling or refreshing starting with your cleanser, paying extra attention to facial pressure points. June Jacobs has a range of health driven products that would be perfect!

Warm facial towels or just a warm towel over the eyes can make a world of difference! A gentle face or scalp massage with a clearing essential oil like eucalyptus, peppermint or lemongrass makes an excellent add on service!

Making sure your towels, linens and blankets are soft and cozy along with optional herbal packs and teas can be just the thing your post flu clients are desperately needing!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Try Something new - Like Bamboo Stick Massage!

Are you interested in entering the exciting world of bamboo stick massage? Check out these great natural tools sure to elevate your massage repertoire to the next level!:

Warm Bamboo Stick Set with DVD by Bamboo Fusion
Go Green with 100% solid bamboo massage tools. Learn a new, luxurious massage modality using bamboo of various shapes and sizes. This set is designed to be warmed and used directly on the skin in conjunction with your favorite massage lotion, crème or oil. Easy on your hands and wrists. Ideal for all treatment modalities including deep tissue and full body. For best results, warm your Bamboo Fusion Warm Bamboo Sticks with 14" x 27" Moist Heating Pads. Set includes 8 piece stick set, 2 tapotement wraps, carry bag, and Table Version DVD. 60 day warranty.

Chair Bamboo Stick Set by Bamboo Fusion
Learn a new, unique and easy way to deliver seated chair massage. By using these bamboo tools, you will be able to market new services while offering an effective treatment that doesn’t feel like you’re using tools. Sticks glide easily over all fabrics and can be chilled for spot treatments or used at room temperature. Set includes 8 piece stick set, 2 tapotement wraps, and carry bag.

Facial Bamboo Stick Set by Bamboo Fusion
Allows massage therapists and estheticians to learn a new and exotic way to perform facial massage. This massage can be offered as a standalone treatment or as a perfect finishing touch to a full-body massage. A delicate stick set of 8 bamboo sticks especially designed for the face is used for this treatment. 60 day warranty.

A wonderful treatment by itself or the perfect finishing touch to complete a full body massage. Ths exotic "French facial massage" will increase the flow of oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the facial area leaving the client's skin soft and supple.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

SOAP And You

When I was in massage school, our teachers instilled in us the importance of keeping detailed client records or, SOAP notes. At the time, many thought of it as a way to simply to track progress and as a refresher to jog our memories. It wasn't until we actually got out into the world to practice, to really understand the impact of SOAP notes.

For those unfamiliar with the term, SOAP notes stand for the following:


While keeping detailed client notes is an excellent way of charting progress and change, it is vital in business to protect yourself. If, for some reason, a situation arose where your services were questioned (medical reasons, insurance, legal etc), having detailed accounts of each client is imperative. It is much easier and more reliable to refer to documented information than that of "let me think for a second" and try to remember. It is also important to remember to document what the client tells you, from medications to likes/dislikes - you'd be surprised how these seemingly small pieces of information can have a huge impact!

It also gives your clients the confidence that you're paying attention to them, their body and their needs. Confident clients are loyal clients!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Product Of The Week: Keyano Champagne & Rose Scrub

Happy Friday and Happy New Year!

With the end of the year/new year holidays behind us, next up on everyone's mind is Valentines Day.

One of my personal favorite smelling lines and a great way to break up the chocolate monotony, is the Keyano Champagne and Rose.

The champagne and rose scrub is an amazing choice to use in Valentines services, and offer in a retail size! You can even retail the whole champagne and rose line which includes massage oil, scrub and a butter cream - all smell bright, fresh and delicious!

This oil free exfoliating treatment can be used for everything from manicure/pedicures and body exfoliating treatments. It's even compatible with whirlpool pedicure units!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Be Memorable!

Do your clients refer to you for one specific reason aside from, "the place I get my facials"?

Do they refer to you as "XYZ, they have this amazing Caviar Facial that is unlike any other!?

Big difference there. Do you have a signature? If you do, what sets it apart from anything they can get down the block, or next town over?

Be the place that smells like warm vanilla when you walk in, that offers a signature Cinnamon & Clove scrub in the winter, that is to die for!

Be the massage therapist who not only gives a phenomenal massage, but offers a delicious smelling butter rum hand and foot treatment during the winter!

You can have a year round signature, seasonal or whatever works best for your style - just don't forget to see what's new, and how your competition is evolving.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Body Workers: Clients With Chronic Pain

If you're a body worker, is the bread and butter of your business clients with chronic pain or injury? If so, do you offer massage add ons or a variety of techniques to choose from?

Tiered services other than hot stone and/or aromatherapy seem to be something seasoned body workers shy away from. While making your hour long service a better value than the half hour one, what other ways are you maximizing your profit potential? 

For clients with chronic pain, not only can the variety keep them coming back, the value of choice and additional relief may gain their loyalty.

So what to offer? If you like to test the water before jumping in, start small. A small investment with solid returns sounds like a good place to start right? Check out Eco Fin. This all natural hydrating treatment is an alternative to paraffin. Many people with chronic pain have had, or are at least familiar with paraffin (especially clients who went through physical therapy for an injury), making it an easy conversation. The starter kit is all you need to test the waters. At $1.60 per treatment cost, if you only offered the service for $10.00, you don't need a calculator to see how profitable it is! 

For those who run full speed and cannon ball in, how about cupping? Phenomenal for chronic pain, professional and Olympic athletes go for treatments regularly to improve and recover. Cupping has been shown to help release adhesions, scar tissue, relax muscles in spasm, decrease trigger point pain, lymphatic drainage, decrease tissue changes and inflammation. 

Give us a call, send an email ( to reach me directly), or come find us on live chat for more ideas and ways to ease your clients pain and maximize profit potential!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Got Tape?

Kinesiology tape is a phenomenal, and often under used tool to help relieve client pain, and as a self care tool for therapists.

The widespread use of kinesiology tape on professional athletes and physical therapy offices has made it much easier to talk to clients about. Aside from physical therapists, many massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and wellness workers have successfully incorporated it into their treatment plans to help alleviate pain, improve posture and stability.

It is also valuable as a self care tool to help with everything from hip and back pain to De Quervain's thumb!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Product Of The Week: AquaBella Abrasion-Free Peeling Liquid Facial System

Happy Friday! Hope everyone had a fun and successful week!

The product of the week (and a new favorite of mine!), is the Abrasion-Free Peeling Liquid Facial System.  If you haven't yet heard of this game changing type of facial, or are familiar with the rather expensive alternative, now is the perfect time to take a look.

A major reason this has become one of the hottest new trends is how gentle it is while remaining effective. As effective as microdermabrasion, yet gentle enough to use on all skin types and ethnicity. Instead of blasting the face with crystals (or diamond burs), this uses only liquids.

What does this mean for your clients? No down time, no bruising and immediate results. Immediate results - your clients will see and feel a difference after ONE treatment. This results in packages for your business and glowing clients.

The Aqua Bella combines powerful vacuum technology and adjustable pulsation within a robust, excellent quality system for superior infusion results. Adjustable vacuum-massage allows cleansing and hydrating solutions to consistently unclog and gently cleanse pores, aqua-foliate dead skin cells, and extract keratin, sebum, blackheads, or other impurities. Simultaneously, the hydrolyzed treatment tips smoothly glide across the skin, dispersing and infusing solutions where the skin cells are regenerating.

One of my favorite things about this - extractions are less painful! Simply turn the suction up on the machine to extract! No more painful tools or pinching!

If you want to take your facials and business to the next level in the new year, hit the ground running with this portable powerhouse!

AquaBella Overview:

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Thai Massage

Thai massage is a great treatment that enthusiasts from around the world rave about! Have you considered adding this powerful treatment to your menu? Pure Spa Direct has you covered with a great variety of essentials that your clients will love!

Thai Herbal Ball - Starter Kit by Sa-Wan
Herbal healing is a tradition of Thai medicine that dates back thousands of years. The blend of herbs in the Se-wan herbal ball is the traditional recipe of the Wat Po temple in Bangkok. The blend of Thai herbs used have a therapuetic, relaxing, and invigorating effect on the body and mind, while also soothing sore and overworked muscles and giving a boost for the body's life energy level. The Thai Herbal ball massage incorperates heated herbal balls into a massage treatment that is excellent for relief of stiff, sore, or strained muscles and ligaments.

Thai Massage Mat
Beautiful and authentic. Our Thai Massage Mat is imported from Thailand and filled with natural, native, cotton-like Kapok fiber. This dense mat provides you with the firmness you need to work comfortably and effectively while being comfortable for your client. The tri-fold design and black, cloth carry case allows you to travel with the mat or store it when not in use.

Sa-Wan Thai Heaven Massage And Body Oil
Formulated by massage therapists and contains a blend of certified organic oils of aloe, Jojoba, and olive oil for a smooth, soft, silky glide. Natural essential oils lend a vivacious lemongrass scent. No nut oils and is water dispersible. Choose from 4oz or 8oz.

Salon Masters Thai Style Shampoo & Massage Combination Unit
Turn a shampoo treatment in to an unforgettable relaxing experience - your clients will love it!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hot Oil Massage? Yes Please!

Maybe it's the weather here in NY starting to get a bit colder, all I can think of is getting a massage from a therapist who uses warm oil or lotion.  It struck me, even as a massage therapist, that my brain automatically went to thinking of therapists who warm their oil, rather than just thinking "I'm going to get a massage".

Something as simple as a bottle warmer can make the difference for your clients. You don't necessarily have to use it with every client, if you aren't a fan of working with warmed oil/lotion. Having it as an option however, may be a great investment. It may just be the tipping point for clients choosing your services or your competitor.

There are many options and styles to choose from to fit any budget!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Product Of The Week: Santa Barbara Massage Cream

Happy Friday! Hope everyone has been having a busy week!

This week's featured product is one of my favorites, Santa Barbara Massage Cream

Massage Therapist tend to be picky about what medium they use for massage whether it be oil, lotion, cream or gel. Personally, I've never been a fan of oil and only used lotion in school and in my own practice. When I received a gift of each scent of their line, I was immediately hooked. They smell WONDERFUL!

Made from olive oil, beeswax and coconut oil, it melts with body heat. With just the right amount of glide, this is phenomenal for both deep tissue without being too greasy, as well as silky enough for Swedish massage. It's an all-natural alternative for clients and therapists who prefer a more natural approach.

Add in the benefits of specific essential oils, you can customize for your clients. Available in Ylang Ylang & Orange, Clary Sage & Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lavender - and there is an unscented for sensitive clients or those who simply don't like scented products.

Try out an 8oz size to try for yourself, you'll be surprised how a little goes quite a long way! The smaller sizes also make great retail items!

Have an amazing weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Step Up Your Massage Game This Season!

Looking to try something new for the season? A bamboo massage is also known as an "extension of the hands." It not only is effective for the client, but beneficial to the massage therapist.

With the cold weather here, who doesn't want to get warm? Did you know that bamboo holds heat longer than a stone?

Warm Bamboo Stick Set with DVD by Bamboo Fusion
Go Green with 100% solid bamboo massage tools. Learn a new, luxurious massage modality using bamboo of various shapes and sizes.

This set is designed to be warmed and used directly on the skin in conjunction with your favorite
massage lotion, crème or oil. Easy on your hands and wrists. Ideal for all treatment modalities including deep tissue and full body.

For best results, warm your Bamboo Fusion Warm Bamboo Sticks with Moist Heating Pads.

Why you should try it?

It's different, it's new, it's effective, and it's natural! The cost of this package is made up of 1-2 services and is pure profit after that. By introducing this new tool you will increase the number of clients to which you can apply deep tissue, give longer full body massage, and save either your or your staff's hands from repetitive injuries and fatigue.

Happy Massage Therapists=Happy Clients

Friday, November 3, 2017

Product Of The Week: CryoDerm® Magnesium Calming Cream

Happy Friday!

I was super excited when I saw this new addition to the Pure Spa Direct line up. I'm a huge fan of magnesium lotions and oils. It has helped me with migraines and muscle cramping, and I recommend it to friends regularly.

Aside from the benefits I have experienced with magneisum, CryoDerm® Magnesium Calming Cream is helpful with a multitude of things including fluid retention, calming nerves and detoxifying the body, insomnia, eczema and psoriasis. Harvested from the Dead Sea where the mineral content is at its highest containing 21 minerals, this product is amazing.

You can retail and use this in services making it an easy retail item. Offer it as an add on to a pedicure (medi pedi upgrade!), manicure, massage even as a simple hand/leg massage while a client is getting a facial. Advise they try it a few times to see the results, and have it ready to retail!

See you next Friday, have an amazing weekend!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Product Of The Week: Soothing Touch Calming Massage Gel

Happy Friday!

A newly added product in the Pure Spa Direct lineup bound to generate some buzz is the Calming Massage Gel by Soothing Touch.

Paraben free and chock-full of calming goodness! With Lavender Essential Oil, St. John’s Wort and Valerian, this gel will help your clients feel even more relaxed.

It's also super hydrating for skin making it an excellent choice for colder areas and seasons. You can thank the following ingredients for making this awesome for skin:
  • High Oleic Expeller Pressed Sunflower Seed Oil - Helps retain moisture, has been known to help provide protective barrier against infection.
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil - Natural vegetable oil treated with hydrogen, used as an emollient and skin conditioner.
  • Apricot Oil - A light, gentle oil that moisturizes and nourishes the skin.
  • Avocado Oil - The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of avocado oil help keep skin smooth, strong, and elastic.
  • Expeller Pressed Jojoba Oil - Closely resembles human sebum, very moisturizing.

Available in 8oz, 1/2 gallon, gallon and 5 gallon sizes, there's one to fit into anyone's schedule.

See you next Friday, have an amazing weekend!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Product Of The Week: Alaskan Glacial Mud

Happy Friday!

This week, I'd like to spotlight Raw Alaska Glacial Mineral Mud.

Mud is always in style in this industry, from facials masks to body wraps. As a massage therapist, after a few years in I decided to give offering various mud add-ons a shot. As a mobile therapist at the time, I thought I was nuts for just the thought of mobile mud! I was able to make it work for me, and my client response surprised the heck out of me! All of them wanted to try it. After the trial run, some alternated their massages with mud treatments.

Mud works.

Alaska Glacial mud works. Containing more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements to promote healthy skin cell regeneration, you may find clients requesting mud packages.

Raw Alaskan Glacial. The name says it all.
Straight from the Copper River Delta in Alaska, enriched with a special combination of certified organic and wildcrafted botanical extracts from the Pacific Northwest that are chosen for their moisturizing, skin-softening, and anti-aging and immunoprotective properties. Natural as natural gets.

Are your clients hesitant on mud treatments due to that lovely, mud smell?  You can choose vanilla lavender and lavender peppermint. The slight tingle from the peppermint feels amazing, in my opinion!

Available in back bar sizes in both premixed and powder, as well as a beautiful line of retail items.

If you're not ready to jump into the mud just yet, retailing is a great way to talk to your clients and gauge their response to mud.

See you next Friday for another product of the week!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Why Wait Til Valentines Day To Offer Chocolate?

Everyone focuses on chocolate treatments for Valentines Day, chocolate products fly off the shelves every January. How about the rest of the year?

People love chocolate, any time of year! If you put a basket of chocolates on the reception counter, clients will eat it. Why not offer End-of-the-Year Chocolate Guilty Pleasure treatments?

Here is a body treatment that will leave your clients feeling like they jumped into a decadent pool of warm melty chocolate!

For the scrub:
In a large rubber bowl, mix 1/4 cup of dead sea salt with 1/4 cup of chocolate mint or chocolate cake oil. After mixing well, place the bowl in a mud warmer, hot towel cabi or large stainless bowl filled with hot water.

For the wrap:
In a medium rubber bowl, blend 5 tablespoons of white clay powder with 4 teaspoons of aloe gel.
Add in 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and 2 teaspoons of water, mix well. If this seems to dry, add a little more water until it can be applied in a thin layer. Keep the bowl warm until ready to use.

Perform the body treatment as you normally would, including any add on services like dry brushing, Eco Fin, or even a facial mask!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Slim Down As The Year Winds Down

I still cannot believe we're already into October, this year is flying by!

Detox and slimming treatments are always trending, however the end of the year always shows a big push in detox services. Clients want to look their absolute best for events, parties and reunions.

If you're looking to add something new to your body wraps, here is an extremely profitable recipe idea, to have your clients feeling bright and tight!

Slim It Down!

In large rubber mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup of green tea powder with 1 teaspoon of borage oil. After mixing well, add in 3/4 cup of dead sea mud and 2 teaspoons of grapeseed oil. Mix this all up well, and place the bowl in a mud warmer, hot towel cabinet or even a large stainless bowl filled with hot water. You want the mixture to be warm when applying to the client.

Perform the body wrap as you normally would, along with any add ons like dry brushing, Eco Fin or a scalp massage. Add on services are a great way to further boost profits and increase clients satisfaction!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Pedicure Chair

Ultimate comfort....modernized!

Lounge Pedicure Chair with Vibration Massage by Pibbs
This amazing Lounge Pedicure Chair with Vibration Massage will enhance your clients' pedicure experience with extreme comfort and plush upholstery. The one-touch motorized reclining and vibrating back and seat massage is sure to leave your clients wanting more. The double steel construction of the adjustable footrest provides for stability and the retractable platform makes this Lounge Pedicure Chair ideal for small spaces. This chair comes with side storage pouches for the customer's items and a front storage pouch for the technician's tools and accessories that are removable and easy to clean. The spacious platform can accommodate many foot baths, but we recommend the footsie bath.

  • Ultra Comfortable
  • Vibration massage back and seat to relax client
  • Sturdy, adjustable footrest
  • Replaceable back and seat pad
  • Retractable platform for foot bath tub
  • Convenient handle to slide platform in and out
  • Side pouches on both arms for client storage
  • Single Handle remote
  • Motorized reclining chair back
  • No plumbing portable pedicure chair
  • Pipeless, sanitary, no mess system
  • Made in the USA
  • 1 year warranty

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Massage On The Go?

Many of the mobile LMT's I've spoken with, have all had one major thing in common - ease of transport. I used to pop my table in the back of my car along with a bag full of linens, lotion, music, clock and more. I wanted to be sure I had everything my room had (minus the hot towel cabi!) to give the best possible on site table massage. The thing I hear the MOST, is how they need an easy to transport stool.

This is where my favorite manufacturer of massage products, Earthlite, comes in with the perfect solution. The Folding Massage Stool to match your table. Easy to transport and as durable as any Earthlite table or chair. All for under $100!

No more kneeling, squatting or asking clients for something to sit on!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hot Stone Treatment With A Twist

Are you interested in hot stone treatment but want to stand out from the crowd? Pure Spa Direct has you covered with non-traditional hot stone implements your clients will rave about.

If you could offer a blissful spa experience with one hand, you'll more than likely be using this Acupressure Hand, Foot & Full Body Stone Roller Massager Tool to do it! It rotates around muscles and eases tension quickly!

  • Unique design of roller stones works great to freely rotate around and massage the muscles.
  • Works effectively to ease tensions in hands, feet and any part of the body.
  • Ergonomic design allows you to place it in your palm and use it without getting hand fatigue.

This unique Hot Stone Accu-Roller™ allows you to enjoy all the benefits of a hot stone massage without burning your hands on hot, messy, slippery stones that are hard to work with. You can work with or without massage oils, and offer your massage over clothing or bare skin. The sanitary, non-porous soapstone wheels heat evenly and retain their temperature for a long-lasting, therapeutic massage. Your Hot Stone Accu-Roller™ is easy to clean and maintain, and the durable soapstone and hardwood construction will hold up to decades of great massages. 

The Ultimate Massage Therapy Tools CoreStones® - Set of 5 CoreStones® are made from soapstone, nature's most efficient thermal conductor. The weight and warmth of the stones helps relax muscle tissue, making it more pliable. The unique patented design allows the stone to become an extension of your hand and facilitates a deep release of muscle tension without causing tissue trauma. When applied to the skin, CoreStones® provide a sily, deep, uniform pressure, enabling you to achieve maximum therapeutic results while minimizing effort and reducing strain. Save your hands and extend your career - it's like having a stone thumb!