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ivoryh1632
« on: April 16, 2011 12:38:11 AM »

Ok this is my first tutorial so please be kind.

I’m a massage therapist and I found this board http://www.bodyworkonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=16315 but the instructions on it weren’t very detailed so I decided to make my own tutorial for anyone that wants to make their own massage cloth.

There’s a product called “Magic Massager”  http://www.magicmassager.net/ins.asp and what it is, is a slippery piece of cloth so you can more easily massage over clothing. If you’re a massage therapist and you’ve ever given a chair massage you know how annoying it is to work with no oil, over clothing. There’s friction and pulling and clothing bunches up. With the massage cloth you have a slick piece of fabric between your hands and the client’s clothing making the massage better for you and the client. It also works good if you’re in a situation where you have to work around the draping. Like with pregnancy massage, sometimes it is hard to undrape as much as you usually would, using this massage cloth makes it easier for you to work over the sheet, enabling you to give a better massage.
You don’t need to be a massage therapist to get use out of this either, its great for just giving a quick back rub to a friend, and according to the Magic Massager website it works amazing for pet massage.
The only downside to this massage cloth is that it costs $20 http://www.massagewarehouse.com/products/magic-massager-15-x-15/ but the good news is that with a little simple cutting and sewing you can make one yourself for $2.50 and it takes under half an hour to make.

1.   Start out with one yard of polyester satin. It doesn’t have to be high quality or anything. I used the costume satin from Wal*Mart that was $2.50 a yard. If you’re going to be using your massage cloth in a setting where you have to look professional (like you do chair massage at a fancy office building or something) I  would stick to black or white, otherwise just pick a color you like. Lightly iron your fabric, it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth, just make sure you get out all the major creases so its easier to work with.
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2.   Lay your fabric out on the floor or table (if you have one big enough). Make sure its laying so all the edges are straight, and then fold the side to meet the bottom, making a triangle with a little left over. Cut off the extra fabric and you will be left with a square. Don’t worry about having to cut it perfect or use a rotary cutter or anything like that. This project’s pretty forgiving, its not going to affect the end product much if you’re edges are a little wonkey. If you started with a yard of 45” fabric you should have a square that is about 36”x36”.
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011 12:46:12 AM »

This is a cool idea! it's a good tutorial too. Now I want to get a massage...
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011 10:35:51 PM »

yay! a compliment on my first tutorial. thanks!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011 12:26:10 AM »

What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2011 01:13:29 AM »

Thanks for looking/commenting!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2011 09:20:34 AM »

your tutorial was great. i had no idea what a massage cloth was. this is a wonderful idea!
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011 05:41:52 PM »

Thanks! I didn't know about it either until a few months ago but its such a handy thing to have.
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2011 09:13:21 PM »

first - yay for crafty massage therapists!!

second - I have never heard of a massage cloth, but now that I think of it, it's a no-brainer, and I want one for seated treatments & clients that aren't comfortable removing their clothes for a tx.

Great job on the tut! I think I can con my BFF into giving me her satin sheets that she hates in exchange for a massage Smiley
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ivoryh1632
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011 01:22:07 AM »

I'd never heard of it either until I was flipping through a massage warehouse catalog and decided to do some research. I soooo wish I'd know about it years ago, you're gonna love it.

Its also really great for shuting up friends and family that want you to "work on this one spot real quick,"  they don't have to undress or use lotion so you can just do a quick little 2 minute massage and they can't pull the whole "well since you already have the lotion out why don't you just work here too."

And satin sheet seriously suck so i'm sure you can talk your friend into giving hers up, but if not that costume satin is only $2.50 at walmart.

But let me know what you think of it when you make one.

And its always nice to meet another crafty massage therapise. I was all excited cuz I met a girl at a CE class today who's crafty and we were gonig on about how we're gonna have to set up a date to exchange recipies/make spa products and make up cute little jars for them.
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2013 07:53:36 PM »

Had to register so that I could THANK YOOOOU for this tutorial!!  I've been drooling over the Magic Massage cloth for awhile, but was penny-pinching... and now I just made one for $4!   Grin  I have enough fabric for another.. one for work, one for home!

The costume satin that I purchased was labeled as handwash/line-dry, but I was able to quick-cycle it in the washer and ultra-low dry it without a problem (and it dried FAST!).  Yay!!

Thanks again!   Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2013 08:36:00 PM »

No problem, I'm so glad you could use it.

And I wouldn't really worry about throwing that costume satin in the washer/dryer. That stuff's really durable, I always wash and dry it normal. Plus if you're using it on clients you should wash it on high heat anyway for sanitary reasons.
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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2013 05:14:50 PM »

does it matter which end you leave open for turning out?  It's a cool idea, and I'm not even a massage therapist.  But I do know a few!
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2013 07:04:33 PM »

I always put the opening for turning out on the top (one of the sides without a fold), but I'm not really sure if it makes a difference where you put it because I've always done it this way
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« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2013 09:32:56 PM »

that's good to know! 
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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2013 11:48:51 AM »

What is the reason for turning the 3o'clock and the 6 o'clock sides?
I am making this for my husband who is a massage therapist. He used one at his school.
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« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2013 02:54:08 PM »

Honestly, I don't know. I got the instructions from another website and they said that if you don't do that it doesn't slide right, I've never tried making one with out turning those edges. Good luck making one for your husband, I'm sure he'll appriciate it. Let me know if you try something different and it works out.
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« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2013 09:22:15 PM »

I love the idea of having something to make pet massage easier.  So I will make one of these to try using when I massage my cat.
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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2013 03:07:36 PM »

let me know how it works out, i bet your cat will love it!
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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2015 09:42:19 AM »

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to make this but the pictures arent on here and I am very visual! Any way you could put the pictures back or email me? Thank you for posting this!
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« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2015 10:22:11 AM »

I might be missing something, are there more than 2 steps? I am only seeing 2. Can you send the full instructions and possibly photos to my email? That would be great! thanks!
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