Ways to Stay Connected to Your Clients that Don’t Include Stretching Videos… (but keep doing that too!)

Ways to Stay Connected to Your Clients that Don’t Include Stretching Videos… (but keep doing that too!)

Ways to Stay Connected to Your Clients that Don’t Include Stretching Videos… (but keep doing that too!)

Don’t get me wrong, I love stretching! In fact, I did some partner stretching with my son a few days ago (I’ll post on my social media soon). There are other creative ways to be a beacon of self-care for your clients in their time of need. Below are four ways to stay connected by offering tangible resources for your beloved clients. (The links included are NOT affiliate links).

DIY Face Mask
If you are crafty, then you can make them yourself. There’s a link in the resource section at the end of the blog to get you started. If you are not the crafty type, you can purchase them from Etsy. There are MANY sellers making homemade masks. You can have the masks sent directly to your clients or to your home. As an added precaution, be sure to wash the mask(s) once they arrive.

Essential Oil(s)
Many essential oils are known to have anti-viral properties. They are excellent for cleaning the home and creating homemade hand sanitizer.

  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Eucalyptus
  • Thyme
  • Clove
  • Oregano
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon

You can find essential oils in stores like Whole Foods…even Target will often have tea tree oil. You can also purchase online (link is below).

Travel-Sized Hand Sanitizer
Promotional companies make travel-sized hand sanitizer to give away at trade shows. You can also add your own logo if you choose. Just a heads up, the minimum order is 100-500 depending on the product…but don’t let that deter you! Connect with other LMTs and split the order. In the resource section below, I posted a company that has relatively low minimum order amount and a 10 day turn around.

Immune-Boosting Herbs
There is an array of herbs that are great for boosting the immune system. According to a study published by Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, “… natural products serve as an excellent source of biodiversity for discovering novel antivirals, revealing new structure–activity relationships, and developing effective protective/therapeutic strategies against viral infections” (Lin et.al. 2014). Below are herbs that are readily available in the United States:

  • Turmeric
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Oregano
  • Licorice Root
  • Elderberry
  • Echinacea
  • Calendula
  • Astragalus Root
  • Cat’s Claw
  • Olive Leaf

Send your clients dried herbs, along with a recipe or two on how to use them. This is an excellent way to send your love! You can find these herbs in your local market or online.

It is important to stay connected with your clients by sending them small, affordable, yet meaningful care packages. It helps to keep the continuity of care and the relationship that you have built throughout the years. It is truly a worthwhile investment in their health.

Be well healers,

Vanessa Hazzard, M.Ed., LMT

LINKS TO HELP ON YOUR JOURNEY:
Face mask tutorial: https://hellosewing.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/

Etsy search for face mask sellers: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=face%20mask

Bulk essential oils: https://www.bulkapothecary.com/categories/essential-oils/pure-therapeutic-grade/

Positive Promotions (hand sanitizer): https://www.positivepromotions.com/hand-sanitizer-bzk-towelette-kit-personalization-available/p/osw8985/

Lin, L. T., Hsu, W. C., & Lin, C. C. (2014). Antiviral natural products and herbal medicines. Journal of traditional and complementary medicine4(1), 24–35. https://doi.org/10.4103/2225-4110.124335

Starwest Botanicals (dried bulk herbs): https://www.starwest-botanicals.com/category/bulk-herbs/?utm_campaign=herbs&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=adcenter&utm_content=bulk-herbs-exact&utm_term=bulk%2520herbs&msclkid=2742169cad66148a9f7b48e32f911c91

Golden Milk Recipe: https://wellnessmama.com/223/turmeric-tea/

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Arnica: One of My Favorite Plants!

Arnica: One of My Favorite Plants!

Ever since massage school I have been really drawn to arnica. It is probably because there are tons of products that massage therapists use that contain arnica, and with good reason! Arnica’s anti-inflammatory properties are an immediate draw to those in my line of work. It not only is great for the client, it makes our job easier!
I began my herbal studies a few months after having my son. One of the first products I made was arnica oil. That oil helped me get through painful bouts of sciatica, as well as helped my ex-husband’s achy back (he lifts heavy boxes and musical equipment for a living). I still use it today on my family and clients. Using those arnica products has helped me become less dependent upon over-the-counter medicine to help with minor to moderate aches and pains.
Click here for the video tutorial.
Arnica is a plant that has been used for hundreds of years to treat muscle pains. It is indigenous to Europe but there are species that grow in the US as well. It is recommended for external use only.
Arnica is indicated for a wide array of muscle/joint conditions such as:

  • Rheumatism
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Bruising
  • Sore and over-worked muscles
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sore feet

Arnica is contraindicated for:

  • Women who are pregnant (it can cause uterine contractions)
  • People allergic to ragweed (they may have an allergic reaction to arnica as well)

Arnica is also not to be overused as it may cause or worsen eczema or other dermatitis. Be sure to use the recommended dosage on the product you are purchasing.
For more on arnica, and other pain relieving plants, check out my free mini-course:
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Green Clay: Not Just For Spas Anymore!

Green Clay: Not Just For Spas Anymore!

French Green Clay is a fixture at many high end spas and resorts…and with good reason! This wonderful clay has awesome natural astringent properties. Decomposed plant material gives the clay its beautiful green color. It is full of minerals including:

  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Dolomite
  • Silica
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorous
  • Silicon
  • Copper
  • Selenium

Used as a face mask or spot treatment, it can help to dry up acne, excess oils and impurities from the skin.
Quick Face Mask Recipe:

  1. Mix clay into a paste using water or a hydrosol (i.e. rose water)
  2. (OPTIONAL) Add essential oils (lavender, clary sage, peppermint are great additions!)
  3. Apply to face and neck area
  4. Let dry (normally takes about 15-20 minutes)
  5. Rinse off and apply a light moisturizer

Green clay is not only good for beauty, it is excellent first aid as well. French green clay treats rashes like poison ivy and poison oak.
If you ever encounter poison ivy/oak:

  1. Mix green clay with water and/or apple cider vinegar (preferred) until it makes a paste.
  2. Apply to exposed area
  3. Let air dry COMPLETELY
  4. Rinse completely and apply a liniment.

Do you have other french green clay recipes? Share them in the comments section below! Tag a friend and keep the conversation going!

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