According to a fact sheet by the University of Memphis, the oldest type of physical therapy used on humans is massage. The walls of ancient Egyptian tombs attest to the fact that even this civilization enjoyed a therapeutic massage. Applying a soothing cream to the area before a massage will help the masseuse ease sore muscles well below the skin. Creams are thicker than oils and some special concoctions may supply the skin added moisture, even vitamins and nutrients.
Apply the massage cream to large areas using a plastic spatula. A quarter-sized amount is enough for large sections of the body. If applying cream to a small area, scoop up a dime-sized amount with your fingertips. Using a spatula will decrease the chances of spreading germs if sharing the cream with others.
Warm your hands by rubbing them for a few seconds before beginning the massage. Smooth the massage cream into the skin lightly with your fingertips.
Rub the moisturized skin using your thumbs, fingers and palms. Wipe away excess cream with a towel after the massage is complete.
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. If massaging your face, wash your face with antibacterial soap. The skin will receive the massage cream quicker if the skin is warm. Pull back your hair if giving yourself a facial massage.
Do not use massage creams on your face if you have oily skin. This may cause breakouts.