Can I bring and have you use my own oil?
Occasionally I’ll have a person come into my office requesting to use their own oil. The request is followed by an explanation. I listen to all explanations with an open mind. More specifically, I’m listening to figure out how I can help them solve their main concern without using their oils.
Here’s why I decline to use my clients’ oils.
- I use high-quality professional massage lubricants that are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and water soluble.
- I know the oils I use are safe for everyone who enters my office.
- Many people are sensitive to smells and certain ingredients. I’m hyper aware of this as to not offend anyone.
- Some oils/fragrances are so strong that they just stay on the therapist’s hands, in the air, and on the table for a long time. I like to avoid that in my office.
- I am sensitive to smells and different lubricants. If I come across a lubricant I can’t tolerate, I will break out in hives.
Creating a safe environment for all
I have done a lot of research on the lubricants I use in my practice. In my practice, I see clients one right after the other. I go out of my way not to offend anyone with overpowering fragrances or oils that might contain ingredients that people are allergic to. I even ask my clients if they have any allergies just to make sure I don’t happen to use a lubricant on them with ingredients that may harm them.
In the past, I experimented with Aromatherapy and received feedback that also led me to this conclusion of not allowing clients to bring in their own oils.
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