Gymna Therapies

Massage Lotions

How to define the quality of the lotion?

Massage is a much-used treatment method in physiotherapy. Have you ever wondered if you were using the right massage products? You are applying mechanical stress to your patient’s skin during a massage. It is therefore important that the lotion has a very high moisturisation level. Moreover, the emulsion must be absorbed well in order to hydrate and protect so that the skin remains intact and well balanced.

The composition of the products that are used is of critical importance in order to obtain the desired therapeutic effect. Some massage products are based on oil-in-water emulsions in which the oil is distributed as fine droplets in the water phase. Products like this won’t make the skin sticky and are fairly easy to remove. However, the downside is that you cannot massage for long. There is also a water-in-oil emulsion in which the water is distributed as fine droplets in the oil phase. A water-in-oil emulsion leaves an oily layer on the skin, which allows you to massage easily, but the skin will become sticky and the product is difficult to clean off.

Science has come up with a solution by combining the oil-in-water and water-in-oil emulsions. They have discovered that when the emulsion is contained in an intermediary substance, such as liquid crystals, the benefits of oil-in-water and water-in-oil emulsions are united. This means good lubrication without blocking the skin, hydration that makes the skin soft and results in clean, dry skin after the massage. Gymna has developed the Physio Care line based on this principle. Our lotions are made using high-quality ingredients contained in a liquid crystal emulsion. The active ingredients can penetrate deep into the skin, where they start working and effectively support the massage. Because Physio Care products are paraben-free, have a neutral pH and are also hypoallergenic, they are utterly suited for any skin type.

The product scents have been kept as neutral as possible so as not to disturb any patient. The difference between the products is primarily in the oil content. This means that you only need a few products in order to offer a complete range of treatments. The length, type of treatment and the condition of the patient’s skin determine which product you need to use. You can read about which product is best used when on the following pages.