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Massage Sheet Recommendation for Massage Therapists and Spa Owners: Comphy Company
My Comphy Company massage sheets are silky, soft and durable. I've had them for years and they still don't show any wear. My clients love them and frequently comment on how comfortable they are. Comphy sheets are specifically designed to conform to traditional specifications of the size of your massage table, thus producing the spa experience in your private office or home studio. I first discovered Comphy sheets when I was offering continuing education classes at Spa Aloha in Austin. Comphy sheets feel like silk but launder beautifully. These sheets are perfect for all of your massage clients who are desirous of being wrapped in luxury during their sessions. They are also excellent for oncology clients and clients with super sensitive skin. With Comphy Company products, you can have functionality and elegance at the same time. Treated for stain release and wrinkle-free, you’ll love Comphy Company's sheets as much as your clients will love the look and feel.
In addition to super soft, silky sheets, the Company Company carries a line of high quality products for the discerning massage therapist: blankets, bolster covers, comforter, face cradle cover, bed skirt for the massage table, duvet covers, eye pillows and cases, massage towels, quilted blankets, saddles (decorative cloths to go across the table), pillow cases, and shawl collar robes.
They are a special microfiber polyester blend that are the softest and most luxurious sheets I have ever had the pleasure of using. I liked them so my for my massage room, I purchased them for my own personal use and have given them as gifts. You can even sell them retail in your office or spa. I highly recommend Comphy Company linens for your massage practice, spa and home use.
You can contact the Company Company at:
The Comphy Company
7034 Portal Way #110
Ferndale, WA 98248
Testimonial by: Ariana Vincent, CEO and Founder of Ariana Institute, Austin, Texas
I love Jersey Knit sheets. They remain soft after many uses, seem to hold up better thatn stiff cotton sheets. The regular cotton sheets seem to hold cream residue and end up with an odor after many uses. I think the jersey sheets hold up longer, smell fresher after they are washed.
I love the knit bags that the jersey sheets come in when you buy them from local stores- the bag can be used to hold rice bags/hot packs & easily washed with the sheets.
The Twin longs seem to be best for tall clients- the flat sheet is longer & keeps their feet covered when they have the sheet pulled up to thier chin.
I also like to plac a fabric softener sheet in between the flat & fitted while storing them to maintain their fresh smell before use
I watch stores like Target & Walmart, after the back to school sales have ended, they usually have huge amounts of sheets leftover, and reduce them to about $10/set- great deal, and they seem to last for several years!
One tip I got early on is to buy sheets made with Pima cotton. Pima cotton has a longer fiber length than cheaper cotton varieties and therefore holds up better to repeated washings (some reports say it has a 50% greater wash life). On the other hand Pima is also much more absorbent and therefore can be less desirable for those who use oils in their massage. Another tip (self discovered), many higher end department stores such as Macy's have inventory reduction sales annually around February/March to move out last years colors, which can be a great way to find bargains on the higher thread count sheets. I have found better deals this way than at any "discount" supplier, even compared to online bulk purchases.
Clothes washing magic:
Clothes will rinse better if 1 cup of white distilled vinegar is added to the last rinse water. The acid in vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, but strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents.
.Adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine saves you from buying a separate laundry softener. Vinegar works naturally to soften your laundry and has the added benefit of breaking down laundry detergent very effectively. This added benefit means less detergent sensitive allergies for families that struggle with sensitive skin. Don't be put off by the fragrance of vinegar. The odor disappears when vinegar dries. So go ahead and try a bottle of vinegar in place of your laundry softener. (See http://housekeeping.about.com/cs/laundry/qt/vinegarlaundry.htm)
Flannel is the way to go! You can pick them up on clearance each past season. They are 100% cotton. They wash up soft and they offer privacy with or with out layering a blanket. I have a heating pad as well on my table. I use white vinegar with a green liquid laundry soap. Vinegar has anti-viral, bacterial, fungal & microbial properties. Flannel lasts a long time without pilling. I like to work with a massage "cream" vs lotion, gels or oils. I find it requires less replenishing while working on the skin and leaves the least amount of residue on sheets. Flannel offers warmth and privacy. Great for summer or winter months! My second choice would be Jersey.
Natural cotton all the time for me. I always use a table warmer (unless otherwise requested). In the summer, it feels nice to slip between the coolness of a high thread count sheet, while in the winter the comforting warm of the flannel is so relaxing. I use jojoba almost exclusively, so a rancid odor is not an issue, but washing is. Sheets are always washed within a few hours of use. I typically use a fragrance-free detergent and no fabric softener. I try to be conscious of chemical sensitivities.
Some cotton fiber sheets need a good washing before use. A spa I once worked at bought new cotton sheets. The fabric was initially comfortable, but stiff, i.e., sheets did not conformally drape, but 'tented' when moved. Until they softened up, I had to be very careful to prevent any unwanted exposures:-)
Are there really therapists that do not wash sheets between clients? (I hope I am reading some of the previous comments wrong). Just the thought of therapists stacking sheets for a quick changeover bothers me, who knows what fluids seep through the fabric. As a client, I always check the table to make sure sheets are clean & not stacked before hopping onto the table.
Massage sheets and how a massage table is dressed tells much about the therapist. The linens have to be free from stains, odors, wrinkles and tears. They should be of a high thread count for durability, softness and repeated washings and they should match the blanket or throw. Color is important and should be inviting to the senses. Ask yourself, "Would I want to lay between these sheets?" Every client is entitled to fresh, clean linen. I wish I had known starting out how many sets are enough for the beginner and that department store sheets for twin beds work just fine. If one is handy with a sewing machine or knows someone who sews, more money can be saved making your own face cradle covers. I've gotten some really nice sheets from estate sales, garage sales and resale thrift shops too. The quality of your sheets should reflect the quality of your service because first impressions are lasting impressions and how they look, smell and feel will make a difference in what your clients will say about your practice.