*****This post was updated 10/12/18. The original links to the massage oil holsters were lost, so they were replaced with new options.*****


We know you guys are busy being independent massage therapists and you may not have time for time-intensive crafting. But, we also know that you like to save money and get creative when you can. So with that we’ve collected some fairly easy DIY massage therapy products to enhance your practice, as well as your well-being!

1. Make your own reusable, soft cloth face cradle covers

Step-by-step instructions here, or if you’re not feeling crafty, take a look at this Etsy store.

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2. The easiest bolster pillow

The folks at sew-it-love-it claim that you can make this pillow in 30 minutes or less, and it’s really cute! Full instructions are here.

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3. Lavender eye pillow

The creative geniuses on Make It Do used their abundant crop of lavender to fill a silky eye pillow. Their suggestion: “place it in the freezer for a refreshing cool down… this is especially nice when my eyes are swollen and puffy from allergies.”

To make this eye pillow you will need:

  • 1/2 cup dried lavender
  • 1 cup of flax seeds
  • Muslin for the pillow (two panels 4 1/2″ x 10″)
  • Fabric for the slipcover (one front panel 5″ x 10″ and two back panels 5″ x 6 1/2″)

Get the full instructions here.

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4. Turn an old pair of jeans into a work apron… with handy pockets.

This one is from kimbo, and she says, “Levis are soooo durable and thick! I use mine for painting and it keeps that paint off the clothes! One pair of Levis yields two aprons. And whatever size pants you are is about the size of apron you would want.” Get the how-to right here.

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5. Hip holster for massage oils, pen and paper, etc.

Instructions for a bottle holster right here, or you can take the easy way out and return to Etsy, where SideKix makes some really cute holsters.


hip holster

6. Lotion bars

These are amazing. We got this idea from Crunchy Betty who uses simple ingredients.

Equal parts:

  • beeswax, shea butter, and sweet almond oil (or any other carrier oil your heart desires)
  • 15 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)

Then you can get creative, like she did with her piece-de-resistance: Nutty Butt Butter!

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What kinds of DIY massage therapy products do you like to make? Share links and instructions in the comments!

 

Comments from original Massamio post:

Well, that is cool! I have been wanting to make a holster that I can customize, so Thank You for the pattern!! I am feeling inspired to make the other items, too! Thank You for sharing! — Posted @ Monday, December 31, 2012 11:36 AM by Andrea Mouser

You’re welcome, Andrea! We’re so glad you like it and found something you can use from it! — Posted @ Monday, December 31, 2012 3:46 PM by Sarah Cafiero

I have made those face covers before! I wish I would’ve started selling them on etsy first! I use the soft fuzzy fabric sold in the baby fabrics section. — Posted @ Tuesday, January 01, 2013 9:12 PM by Michele

awesome — Posted @ Sunday, January 06, 2013 8:56 AM by

I used some simple hand towels for face covers I bought in Bali for like $3 saved allot of money and work great. Being creative is the most important thing.  people like to see something other than just plain white sheets — Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 1:18 PM by ej

Good point, Ej, about clients liking to see something unique. It’s the details that set each therapist apart. — Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:52 PM by Benjamin McDonald

I’m sorry, a lotion bar sounds unsanitary. Are we going to use the same bar for every client who comes in? I don’t think so! — Posted @ Wednesday, May 01, 2013 10:11 AM by Heather

Thank you for sharing these ideas. I especially love the bolster and the eye pillow. — Posted @ Monday, November 04, 2013 1:00 AM by Rhonda

Loved this article – thanks!! — Posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 2:14 AM by MItsko