Soak It Up
When you walk out of your massage therapist’s office, what do you
take with you besides post-massage bliss? You may not think of it, but
you also walk out with a luxurious coating of lotions and oils that will
condition and moisturize your skin long after you’ve left your session.
While your instinct might be to rush home and wash away all the products
your therapist just spent an hour applying to your body, most therapists will
tell you to avoid the shower until morning, and instead let your skin indulge
in these topical treats—consider it a free post-massage treatment.
The truth is, from moisturizing effects to preservative-free formulas, therapists
look for high-quality products that they feel confident putting on their clients’ skin.
And remember, it’s not just for your benefit. Therapists have their hands in these same products all day long, so they want quality ingredients for themselves as well.
So, just as you wouldn’t run home from a facial service and wash off all the incredible and scrumptious products your esthetician just applied to your face, you shouldn’t do that with massage products either. Nourishing massage oils, creamy lotions, and therapeutic essential oils continue to be absorbed into your skin long after you’ve left the massage table. Let your skin continue to bask in these products, and save the shower for the next morning.
By Karrie Osborn (Karrie Osborn is contributing editor for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Contact her at email@example.com.)