I received a free sample of a few of Soothing Touch’s products after responding to a request for volunteers to sample their new lotion. I love looking at and trying massage products. Soothing Touch is one of the few companies I had yet to try. A few samples came in the mail last week along with a brochure on their expanding list of products and information about their New Mexico company and Ayurvedic roots. I was in Santa Fe last summer and I am now disappointed I was not able to see their facility; which I see by the map I drove past. Here is a quick review a few of their products I received (one massage cream, oil, and lotion). All these products were made in the USA, paraben free, and cruelty-free.
1. Versa Crème
Massage cream is usually my tool of choice. I love the glide and long lasting workability, especially as an ashiatsu and deep tissue practitioner. It has a whipped, light consistency. It says on the bottom of the jar that it will wash out of my sheets, a must for my linens. I tried the “Original” scent (eucalyptus and peppermint) An unscented Versa Creme is available. I tested this product on my husband and he agreed it had a very light, pleasant scent. He commented that did not feel greasy following the massage (his most common complaint). At first, during the massage I needed to use a little more cream when compared to the one I currently use. However, once I started, I did not ever have to reapply. I was able to complete an entire posterior ashiatsu massage with one application. I could easily be used for any modality you practice. I could easily be used for Swedish, deep tissue, or Even though I feel I used a little more in the beginning, I looked at the prices for this creme is competitively priced when compared to most other creams on the market.
2. Muscle Comfort Oil
There is nothing like having a massage with oil. Oil warms to the practitioner’s hands unlike creams and lotions. Oils feel healing to me, and this oil has some definite healing qualities. My allergies were a little flared up, but the herbal scent quickly opened up my sinuses during the massage. The scent actually reminded me of Young Living’s PanAway oil that a colleague used on me during a massage. This oil was slightly warming, light, and created very little slip. I think it would be ideal for deep tissue work and even spot treatments. I used it for an ashiatsu massage again and even my feet felt great afterwards.
3 Desert Blossom Lotion (Formerly Desert Bliss)
This is actually the new product they were asking for volunteers to try. It is now paraben free. I am typically only use unscented massage products, so I do not have to worry about my “scents”ative clients. However, for clients who like the extra treat of aromatherapy, this lotion has a delicate, sweet, and luxurious aroma many clients, particularly females, should really enjoy. This is another light lotion that absorbed very quickly. After the massage it left absolutely no greasy or oily residue, just its pleasant aroma.
There are many other products I am looking try like the French Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub (for myself!). This is a good line of truly professional massage products. It is quite clear Soothing Touch is company looking out for you, the massage practitioner, your clients, your business, and the planet. That is a lot to balance!
Have you tried Soothing Touch? Any other products you recommend? What are some other products on the massage market you suggest I should try? I love seeing what is out there.
Ivy Hultquist, LMT
Advanced Massage Techniques