Massage hot towels are similar to the hot packs you’ve used at home, but they have the added benefit of being able to be customized with your logo.
This makes them an excellent promotional tool and addition to spa services, while also providing customers with the convenience of not having to purchase hot packs separately.
If you’re looking to begin offering massages with custom-made hot towels, here are 10 steps you can follow to ensure that they look great and function perfectly each time.
Step 1: Gather The Equipment
You’ll need a few things to get started. Your first order of business will be gathering together your towels and warming source.
You’ll also want to have a pan on hand, as well as tongs to assist with moving them around once they’re warm. Beyond that, you’ll just need a measuring cup, measuring spoons and matches or a lighter for your candles/burner.
Step 2: Boil Water
Bring water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 3–5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 1–2 minutes.
Using tongs, place hot towel into a bath of cold water and gently press down with hands until fully submerged. Let sit in cold water bath for 3 minutes. Don’t let towel dry out while it sits in cooling bath or it may not feel as warm as you would like when using during massage therapy or spa services. You can use more than one towel at a time if you choose—it’s up to you!
Step 3: Arrange The Towels By Size
After you have separated all of your towels into different piles based on quality, you will then need to arrange them by size. If you can’t remember how big or small each towel is, grab a tape measure and go to town! This will be a lot easier than trying to use your memory.
After arranging everything from smallest to largest, it’s time for some elbow grease! When massaging someone with hot towels in ten easy steps, I would recommend that you start out with smaller towels first so that they don’t accidentally get burnt.
You’ll want to work up from there as well so that way your hands and arms don’t start getting sore before you’ve even finished.
Step 4: Mix The Essential Oils
Mix 2 cups of hot water with 4 tablespoons of sea salt. Gently add in 30 drops each of lavender and peppermint essential oils. Stir to combine, then cover your pot and let it sit for 5 minutes so that the oil can penetrate into your bath towels.
The essential oils will create a relaxing environment for massage, making it easier for you to achieve a state of calmness.
Step 5: Add The Oils
Before you add your oil, it’s important to first make sure that you are using pure essential oils. Essential oils should not have any chemicals or dyes added and they should be steam distilled from flowers, leaves, and stems.
Adding pure essential oils to your hot towel bags will help create a spa like experience and set a relaxing mood for your massage. Step 5: Add The Oils: Before you add your oil, it’s important to first make sure that you are using pure essential oils.
Essential oils should not have any chemicals or dyes added and they should be steam distilled from flowers, leaves, and stems. Adding pure essential oils to your hot towel bags will help create a spa-like experience and set a relaxing mood for your massage.
Step 6: Place in Preheated Storage Container and Refrigerate
Take your freshly soaked towels and place them in a preheated storage container. The reason that you want to store your towels in a heated container is because if you do not, they will lose their heat over time.
As such, if you want to provide hot towels, your customers will need to wait for them to be reheated in order for them to be used during a massage session.
If you would like hot towels on hand all of the time then it is best that you reheat and reuse these same towels over and over again until they have lost their heat altogether. At which point, you can simply purchase new ones for future sessions when needed.
Step 7: Place Individual Towel in Heat Pack
When you have all your hot towels prepared, place them inside a heat pack. Heat packs come in a variety of sizes and styles but typically fold into a flat square shape when not in use. Simply unfold your heat pack and then add your prepared towels to each side.
Next, re-fold your heat pack to seal in warmth and prevent any steam from escaping while delivering soothing comfort to your client.
Step 8. Apply to Shoulder, Back or Hands (Other Parts of Body)
When applying to hands, use folded hot towel. Apply to any other parts of body, use flat one. After you are done with shoulder and back, you can apply it on your legs too. Just stay in a relaxed position for about 15 minutes (More or less time depending on your comfort).
You’ll be able to feel great heat that will make you feel much better after your massage. Repeat as necessary until all towels have been used. Don’t forget to keep them warm before using them each time! Always replace new ones after using it! Of course, you can always recycle them if they don’t stink up!
Step 10. Use in an aromatherapy diffuser.
When it’s time to use your hot towels, pop one in an aromatherapy diffuser before placing on your client’s back.
You can add drops of essential oils or a fragrance oil to really make your hot towel experience a luxurious one. Our favorite scents are lavender, mint and vanilla—all great for stress relief! There you have it; now you know how to make hot towels for massage at home.
Making hot towels for massage is a really simple process. And best of all, you can make it yourself using ordinary kitchen supplies.
Here are step-by-step instructions for making your own hot towels: 1) Buy 100% cotton tea towels or hand towels that are suitable to be placed in a washing machine (this will ensure they’re super soft).
2) Cut them down to size; since they’re going in a washing machine, they need to be big enough to fit. 3) Fill each towel with enough rice (roughly 300g per towel) to reach roughly half way up. 4) Run through a normal wash cycle and dry in your drier as per usual.