These fascial release balls & foam roller are excellent for the slow a layering into the soft tissue mirrors my massage work itself.
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This is the best foam roller that I have found for passive chest openers. The full length supports the entire head/spine, opposed to short ones that cut the spine at a harsh angel. This has a moderate density to provide the right amount of stretch for those "snow angel" like movements.
Traumeel is my favorite topical pain relief:
Orderless, so it can be used in confined spaces. The arnica oil is an anti- inflammatory, so it is productive. It absorbs quickly like a lotion & is not sticky like gels. You forget that you used it but it takes the edge off temporary pain!
Heating pad alternative:
Infrared light therapy has various health benefits but for the purposes of my work on the table, it relaxes the client & softens the tissue far beyond a dry heat pad.
More effective than hot stones and hot towels with no set up/clean up. Amethyst, jade & tourmaline warm up to evenly distribute the infrared heat therapy.
I appreciate the high quality of this one for the price (compared to twice this cost for a similar product).
Ergonomics really matter.
Curved & weighted adjustable stool with a wide range of motion that encourages proper posture while strengthening core muscles.
It is rather awesome to MOVE around while sitting at a desk (similar to an exercise ball) and be able to lean into postures with clients on the massage table.
This can also be used in a standing desk posture as it leans with a weighted bottom.
This water spheres & multi-layer padding face rest is definitely a couple steps up from the standard.
We work on clients who already have pain, it is our responsibility to provide the most comfortable postures while they on our table.
I use travel/toddle size down pillows as shoulder bolsters and get asked about which pillow cases work best. The Comphy brand of sheets that I love do not sell this size so I found this other great option. I really like these 100% cotton cases that are soft and durable with my countless washes. 12"x16", 13"x18", or 14"x19"