Updating your massage tools each year is a good habit to get into. It’s always a great idea to keep up with the industry and stay current on new tools available to make your job easier. Also, don’t forget to check the expiration date on your massage oils.
- Foam Rollers: There are various foam rollers available and it is a good idea to have at least one in your office so that you can demonstrate its use for clients as part of their home care.
- Silicone Cups: While cupping has been around for ages, recently there have been many new, smaller sets of silicone cups available to massage therapists. These sets are great because they are easy to grab without using oily hands to touch a plunger mechanism that will later need to be cleaned. The silicone cups work by simply squeezing them and applying. They can be easily washed after the service, making setup and cleanup so easy that it can be done on the fly! Be sure to get training in cupping before using on clients.
- Resistance Bands: There are often stretches and exercises that clients can do with simple resistance bands, so it is a good idea to have at least one on hand for demonstrations.
- Ball Roller: For clients with plantar fasciitis, rolling their foot on a ball is a great way to manage the ongoing pain and stiffness associated with this problem. Having a ball on hand to demonstrate this for them is always a good idea.
- Straps: A simple stretching strap for assistance when stretching can be used when teaching clients how to increase their flexibility. Having one handy in the office makes demonstration a breeze.
- Blades: There are many new myofascial blade tools on the market that are great for breaking up adhesions and scar tissue. Be sure to get training in the use of such tools before using them on clients.
- Himalayan Salt Lamp: Salt lamps are becoming very popular in massage therapy offices. They offer a dim light source and create a relaxing atmosphere. https://www.massagewarehouse.com/products/salt-lamp-4-6-lbs/
- Tea: Most massage therapists offer water after the massage service, but especially in the colder weather, a hot cup of tea can really make a great service even better!
Another important area to stay current with is your professional skills. Year’s end is a great time to check your continuing education requirements for the coming year and see what new modalities you would like to add to your skill set.