You have been buying your sheets at Target and JC Penny because it is just too convenient. I get it. I enjoy looking at their sales and feeling/inspecting the sheets before I buy them too. But now you are searching for something that fits your table really nice, lasts a long time and makes your clients want to tell their friends to make an appointment with you.
Why are they so important?
This may sound silly and simplistic, but sheets are so important to the massage. They keep the client warm and help set up the very important physical boundary during a massage. Sheets are one of the first things a clients sees when they walk in the room. Clients want to see and feel nice, clean sheets. They say a lot about you as a professional. Take pride in your work and buy some good sheets.
What are the options?
Flannel, Cotton, Cotton-poly, Jersey Knit, Egyptian cotton, bamboo, organic, microfiber, double brushed, or whatever.
Massage Sheets vs Twin Sets
Massage Sheets tend to fit a table a little snugger than a twin fitted and give a very professional appearance. This is good except if you use extra bolsters or have a larger than normal table. If you use these items, sheets specifically for massage tables can be too snug. I have had someone suggest Bed Bands for sheets that are too loose. Massage sheets typically also come with a fitted face cradle cover. If they do not, try these Flannel Face Rest Covers (10 Pack). I always use Fleece Face Cradle Cover. My friend, Amy, also sells these: Heavenly Face Cradle Covers.
Choose high thread counts and quality
One thing is that your sheets need to be durable and not translucent. Also they need to withstand more than the typical amount of washing. Typically this translates into high-thread count and quality sheets. So, we need sheets that are going to last.
Does this mean you need to use flannel?
For the love of flannel. Most clients love flannel sheets, especially in the winter. My colleagues in the southern states where air condition is a year-round thing, also will get their fair use of of flannel sheets. If you need a basic set – try this set – Basic Flannel Cotton Set.
I also like this set on Amazon- Flannel Sheet 3 Piece Set (White).
This one – Flannel Sheet Set.
And this one (it is not in stock as often) –Flannel Massage Table Sheet 3 Pc Set (Fun Colors).
Some clients do not like to be warm during a massage. They may experience hot flashes, or dislike warm days during the summer. For these client, forgo flannel sheets or a nice set of cool sheets. I have not found a poly-blend massage set I like, so I buy poly-cotton sets at a big box store.
Finding a good deal– Are massage sheet sets really worth 20+ dollars? One tip of mine is to use the time of year to your advantage. We all want to save money and have great sheets. When stores start thinking Spring, hit the flannel sheet isle to pick up some great deals on great sets of flannel sheets. After college starts, check out the clearance section. Twin sheet sets with fun prints can be very cheap (but watch out, sometimes these sets can be made cheaply too). I have picked up some great sets in September and when winter items go on sale.
Solid vs Print
Whether you like colors, solids, prints, or bright white, keep your sheets clean. I know some practitioners use only white sheets so the can bleach the sheets to show their clients what a clean office they keep. I also know some practitioners who use prints to hide oil stains from natural oils they use. Lets resolve that issue now.
Keep your sheets clean and fresh
Natural oils are nice, but are they more important than presenting clean sanitary sheets? If you use natural oils, or have issues with staining, try a new Laundry Soap, or read review of my favorite massage oils, lotions and creams and which ones wash out the best and are natural.
How long do sheets last?
Depending on the number of washes, types of oils, types of detergent, and quality of sheets- massage sheets usually run their course. When you notice more strings, any stains or thin spots, it is time to retire your sheets. Check out Pinterest “old bed sheets” and see some really cool ways your upcycle your old sheets (You can follow me on Pinterest here).
One last tip – Top sheet alternative / Blanket
Try a nice, fluffy bath sheet (not a bath towel, a bath sheet). They add a nice weight to the client (feels secure). They can be used as blankets and are very easy to wash.
I recommend these – bath sheets here.
Here are a couple other blanket options – . It comes in 10 different colors and are easy to launder. Here is one more Simple Throw Blanket.
What sheets are best in your opinion? Any tips for laundering?
Bonus- Folding! See this pin