What Are the Benefits of Massage Cream?

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What Are the Benefits of Massage Cream?
A massage might not be very relaxing without massage cream. (massage & spa image by Solovieva Ekaterina from Fotolia.com)

There are many lubricating options for massage therapists to use, such as massage oils, lotions and creams. Massage creams are used to prevent any discomfort during the massage, as rubbing the skin can cause friction. Massage cream is a pleasant way to help the massage flow without any discomfort. Most massage creams have ingredients that are good for the skin and help moisturise it as well.

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Consistency

Using a massage cream helps the massage therapist because of its consistency. It is thicker than lotion is, which is generally thicker than oil. Because of its thick consistency, a little lmassage cream lasts much longer and there is less need to reapply it as often. This is especially good for deep-tissue massage, because the massage therapist needs a bit more of a grip when delivering that kind of massage.

What Are the Benefits of Massage Cream?
Creams are thicker than lotion, which means a little cream lasts a lot longer than lotion or oil. (body lotion image by PinkShot from Fotolia.com)

Moisturising the skin

Massage cream is very beneficial because it is useful not only in aiding the massage, but because it actually moisturises the skin as it does so. Many massage creams offer vitamins or other ingredients like shae butter or cocoa butter to add an extra moisturising component.

What Are the Benefits of Massage Cream?
Dry skin's appearance improves with the use of massage cream. (desert skin image by Panoramix from Fotolia.com)

Aromatherapy

Many massage creams have a scent added to them to add to the massage experience. One of these scents is lavender, which is supposed to help produce calm, relaxed feelings in the person being massaged. Another is peppermint, which is supposed to help energise the user.

What Are the Benefits of Massage Cream?
Lavender-scented massage cream is supposed to have a calming effect on the user. (lavender image by Lytse from Fotolia.com)

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