What to Bring to an Onsite Massage

portable massage travelTaking your massage practice on the road is certainly a good way to expand your service offerings and find potential clients. It can seem overwhelming thinking about all of the “stuff” you’ll need to pack up and take with you. Once you’re armed with information and you’ve gotten a few events under your belt, you’ll soon be a pro at onsite massage. So, what are the things you’ll want to bring and plan for when you have a whole day of doing onsite massage?

1. Know your venue.

What amenities are onsite? What are you and your clients allowed to use while you’re there? Your needs will be different when you’re at a marathon doing sports massage than when you’re at a corporate setting doing 15 minute chair massage. Make sure you ask plenty of questions when setting up the gig so that you are fully aware of what you need to bring.

2. Prepare for weather.

Outdoor events like marathons, walk/runs, health fairs, and even Saturday farmers markets, are good places to get out in front of a lot of people and offer a soothing massage. Make sure to be prepared for inclement weather, heat, cold, sunshine, wind or rain. If the event or venue doesn’t provide a tent or pop-up shelter, you might think about borrowing one or investing in a nice, portable shade. Ask the event coordinators if you can have access to water, an electrical outlet, and food.

3. Pack a lunch.

No matter where you are when you go onsite, you’ll want to make the most of your time and spend it with clients. Pack a protein-rich lunch and snacks to keep you energized. Not only does this save time and money, you don’t have to worry about traveling across the street to pick up fast food, ordering in, or fighting with the vending machine. If you have a venue that provides lunch, make sure you know what you’re getting and still pack snacks and water for the day.

4. Condense your supplies.

Think about how you want to pack up the tools of your trade. Oils, lotions, sound machine or cd player, towels, and more will need to be traveling with you, as well as your heaviest items like the portable chair or table. What can you do to minimize the weight and make everything more portable? Pour oils and lotions into small, plastic squeeze bottles to cut down on size and weight. Use disposable items when you can, like paper or face cradle covers to cover surfaces, instead of towels and sheets.

5. Bring a watch or timer.

Most likely you will be doing short sessions with a sign-up schedule. Don’t forget to bring a watch or timer to help you keep track of your schedule. Especially if you’re in a corporate environment, people will be on a strict schedule and will appreciate your timeliness so they can make their next meeting.

6. Don’t forget business cards, brochures, intake forms, appointment book.

You are doing this to get new clients, after all! Hand out your business cards and brochures with your service offerings, location, and contact information. If someone is particularly interested in seeing you again, get them started with an intake form and possibly committed to scheduling an appointment to see you. Also, leave your business card with the event coordinator and ask them to pass it along to anyone who asks about you later.

Planning for a day of onsite massage is key to making the event go smoothly and attracting new clients to your practice. You might want to enlist some help from a friend or family member the first time you go, just to help you feel confident and not rushed. Arrive early and give yourself plenty of setup time.

And, if you’re already a pro at the portable massage, please share your wisdom and advice in the comments!

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Comments from original Massamio post:

Pack tissue. And I have learned to bring my own trash can, however small. If it is chair massage, I pack everything (except the chair) into a nice looking tote box. Then I have a place to put a trash bag, cleaning supplies, extra cards, etc. It has a lid to hide the clutter. — Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 11:38 AM by Tracy

I never though of using a tote! Genius. — Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 4:39 PM by Allissa Haines

Bring your hand cleaner,and disinfecting wipes also a little something for yourself. Like a clay ball for your hands. — Posted @ Friday, January 18, 2013 11:13 AM by Tenell Lanier Cothrine