This week I did something I have NEVER done in my 10+ years as a massage professional. I bought a set of massage sheets. Yes, ones that come with the face rest cover. I do not know why I have never done it. The $21 (plus shipping) non-sale price at Massage Warehouse price just never impressed me. When they did run their sale (still no free shipping!) I was not ready for new sheets. Plus, Target and Wal-Mart are too convenient. I love looking at their sales and feeling/inspecting the sheets before I buy them. I buy my face cradle covers separately (There was a great deal on Amazon for 3 for $5 a while ago. Of course it is pretty easy to get their super saver shipping n Amazon too. My friend Amy also makes a great cradle cover that I will blog about soon.
Is it time for new massage sheets for you too? Depending on the number of washes, types of oils, types of detergent, and quality of sheets- massage sheets usually run their course. It is just one of those days you are making up the massage table and think – “I need new sheets”. The presentation of your table is important. Clients want to see and feel nice clean sheets. They say a lot about you as a professional. Now, what do you look for in new sheets and where do you look?
Flannel, Cotton, Cotton-poly, Jersey Knit, Egyptian cotton, bamboo, organic, microfiber, double brushed, or whatever.
One thing is that your sheets need to be durable and not translucent! Typically this translates into high Thread Count sheets. Companies do not usually make sheets with the massage therapist in mind. They are not thinking their sheet sets are going to get washed many times each week. So, we need sheets that are going to last. Good quality usually means higher price. I have too fell victim to the cheap 180 count see-through sheet sets. Sure, some clients could care less about the sheets, but for some clients, the hour they spend on your table is meant to be their hour of luxury for the month. I try to make those clients happy too. Try a bath sheet, not a bath towel, a bath sheet. They add a nice weight to the client (feels secure). They can bee used as blankets and are very easy to wash. Most clients love flannel sheets, especially in the winter~ My colleagues in the southern states where air condition Some clients do not like to be warm hot flashes or warm days and would sometimes prefer you forgo flannel sheets or a nice set of cool sheets.
Cost – Are massage sheet sets really worth 20+ dollars? Sure they come with nice matching face cradles, but I am not impressed by any of them yet. I suggest you wait for the 10.99 sale. 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). Still, I have picked up some great sets in September!
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 their keep. Yeah for ethics! I also know some practitioners who use prints to hide oil stains from natural oils they use. Natural oils are nice, but are they more important than presenting clean sanitary sheets? Sheets are important to the massage session for the client and practitioner. They keep the client warm and help set up the very important physical boundary during a massage. Take pride in your work and buy some good sheets.
What sheets are best in your opinion? Any tips for laundering?
On a sadder note, this sheet set was my last purchase from Massage Works (Iowa massage supply store) in Des Moines. As of July 1st Nicole will no longer have the supply store open. Back to buying supplies on Amazon.