Lotions and Potions, Oh My!

I strive to create the highest quality massage experience at my Magnolia studio. That effort includes the lotion I use for a variety of massage modalities. After trial and error (with error too strong a word—nothing was horrible) I’ve found a non-scented lotion that facilities glide for Swedish and relaxation massage, yet is sticky enough for deep tissue, sports and injury massage. According to reviews of the lotion, it’s deeply moisturizing, and includes antioxidants to protect skin against free radicals. It has no oily “after-feel.” I’ll never forget when I received a massage once and I was covered in a certain brand of massage oil that took three soapy showers to remove from my skin and hair. Yuck!

My clients are busy people. They want to be presentable after their massage session, and they definitely don’t have time to add an extra shower into their schedule. Very often they are on their way to work, or to a luncheon meeting if the massage is in the morning. Even if they are receiving a massage in the evening, they still might have an errand or two on the way home. When a new client calls and makes an appointment, I assure them they won’t leave the studio all icky-sticky, but with moisturized skin and a relaxed body. I can avoid messing up your hair, too, unless you’d like a scalp massage.

A few clients do prefer a massage with oil, and I have some on hand. Occasionally some are allergic to the ingredients in the massage lotion, and I have alternatives. Also, I’m trained to massage through clothing, using no lotion at all. Massaging through clothes is common practice in sports massage, on-site massage (in an office, for example) and also in working with disabled or injured people.

I’m not telling the lovely brand of massage lotion I use, because a gal has to have some trade secrets. I will say the inventor of “Biofreeze” deserves a Nobel Peace prize. That weird-looking, pain-relieving blue gel works super-fantastic—it’s not just for athletes anymore

Lindsay Butler, LMT, RF

The difference between massage modalities is intention…

The difference between massage modalities is intention.

Most massage sessions with Lindsay include at least a few minutes of each kind. Please read below for more details.

Relaxation massage

Relaxation massage isn’t just about reducing stress and blissing out for an hour or so (although that’s pretty great!). Regular relaxation massage supports stronger immunity throughout the body, and helps people maintain better balance and body awareness while moving through their day, reducing chances of injury.

Sports massage

Athletes, whether they are weekend warriors or daily practitioners, are looking for muscle rejuvenation and recovery in their sports massage sessions. Regular massage in areas of repetitive motion helps an athlete achieve fitness goals and if they are competitors, helps keep their bodies moving at optimum levels.

Injury treatment

Although Lindsay is not a listed insurance provider, she’s highly trained in injury treatment. She’s found almost everyone who walks in her door has an old injury, either years or maybe just weeks old. Whiplash, healed bone breaks, hip and knee replacements, oral surgery—the list goes on and on. She has techniques in her tool kit to address those problems even though they may not be the primary reason for a person’s visit.

Contact us today to learn more about the different massage modalities and how we can help you!

Lindsay Butler, LMT, RF