June 20, 2013

Covering the Cradle


Some things about being a massage therapist are all about the details – the atmosphere, noise level, lighting, and yes the table linens.
         
Face cradle covers have always been problematic for massage therapists. The disposable covers are scratchy – and although no client has ever complained about them I have heard clients complain about other therapists who use them.
          
One fellow observed that he stopped using a therapist because of the scratchy covers. A comment I took note of.
           
Spas that have to worry about mounds of laundry at the end of the day – and costs – often use cotton hand towels. I have always found that kind of scratchy, too. I used pillowcases at first, and moved to soft paper/cotton towels for a time.
           
The fitted covers that come with sheet sets seem to be ill fitting for the larger, softer face cushions. After wrestling with the underwear-like elastic gathers on those cradle covers I finally threw in the towel.
          
Now I use a compromise on all fronts – soft, cotton flannel, flat cradle covers. These can slip around a bit but they do not have any seams to leave lines on the face and they are easier to fit over a face cushion. Less wrangling.
           
The cotton flats avoid the too-snug fit of elastic-edged covers and overcome the scratchy thing of disposables. At $5.99 apiece, the thought of stocking all flats has made me queasy, especially so because I suspect they will not be as durable as the undie-fit covers.
           
I found a site that would give me a wholesale discount and got 25 covers for about half. We will see if they measure up. So far, so good. The flats stack a lot neater and smaller. No more grappling in the linen closet for a good one.


5 comments:

Ryan Rusty said...

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Anonymous said...

Nice post!! I agree with you about the face cradle covers and the importance of the right material. I love going to the place I go for massage therapy in Victoria BC because they always take into consideration the patient's comfort.

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Anonymous said...

Linens are very important "details" that let the client know you care...sue Peterson