“Bio” seems to be “in” at the moment and many wellness treatments and massages try to upgrade and market themselves with the addition of “bio”. What's behind it? What do I need to pay attention for? What benefits can I have as a customer and also as a masseur from "bio" applications and what are the so-called "black sheep"?
“Organic” is not a quality criterion!
Anyone who adds “bio” to their service does not have to meet any criteria, because “bio” is an abbreviation for many things that have nothing to do with “organic” and “pollutant-free”. “Bio-technology”, for example, doesn't have to be really environmentally friendly, but it also has the word “organic” in its name. The well-known “bio sauna” does not rely on particularly environmentally conscious building materials or pollutant-free additives, but is simply a name for a type of sauna that is more gentle on the circulation thanks to lower temperatures. So you shouldn't be blinded by the addition of the phrase “bio”, because the word alone does not mean that something is better or healthier!
What is really “organic”?
Those who value a sustainable, ecological lifestyle would also like to enjoy wellness offers and massages that meet their demands. But these are rare and often poorly declared. Usually the reason lies in the provider himself, who does not know exactly what such a customer is looking for. This is why “real organic offers” are still very rare in the wellness industry, although the trend is towards food, textiles and household products from controlled ecological cultivation or ecological and sustainable production even among discounters. If you want to swim as a masseur on the "organic wave", you should consider the following:
Certified natural cosmetics: purely vegetable
Anyone who wants to offer wellness treatments with the addition "bio" has to resort to certified natural cosmetics. There are different quality seals in the trade that have to meet different criteria depending on the national or international standard. In general, mineral oil components are an absolute taboo in natural cosmetics! “Nourishing skin oils” and massage oils from many large brand manufacturers are just cheap, synthetic petroleum products mixed with other chemicals such as “skin softeners”, preservatives and silicones. In addition, oils based on mineral oil are criticized for being carcinogenic due to certain ingredients. Some mineral oil-based personal care products contain paraffins. These do not penetrate the skin, but remain on the skin as a "lubricating film". Although this makes them pleasant to use, a care effect is not achieved by oils containing paraffin. Mineral oils in the declaration of ingredients are called: Cera Microcristallina, Ceresin, Mineralöl, Mineral Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Ozokerite, Paraffine, Paraffinum Liquidum, Paraffinum Subliquidum, Petrolatum and Vaseline.
Which massage oil to use?
In contrast to paraffins, vegetable oils penetrate the skin very well and have a skin-caring effect. This is why masseurs and wellness providers should not only use natural cosmetics, but increasingly use pure care substances from nature! Sesame oil, for example, is ideal as a massage oil, but if you want to advertise with the addition “organic”, it must not be the cheapest cooking oil from the Asian shop or supermarket. Here, too, the masseur must pay attention to organic production, which, especially with oils, not only affects measures during cultivation, but also during production. Vegetable oils without an organic seal may sound like a natural product, but have gone through a manufacturing process in which all valuable secondary plant substances (vitamins, antioxidants, colorants, aromas, ...) are lost and only have to be added artificially at the end. An oil from conventional production is usually bluish and contaminated with solvent residues before it is colored and flavored again. So it doesn't have to be a massage oil from certified natural cosmetics, but a good cooking oil with an organic seal is a minimum!
Anyone who wants to be “organic” in the massage practice or as a mobile masseur should live that and, for example, not use synthetic scented oils or scented candles for scenting. Customers who really live “bio” notice very quickly from such details whether “bio” is only used here as a means to pull money out of the customer's pocket or whether “bio” is really being traded out of conviction. Since real "organic offers" are still very rare in the massage and wellness industry, a focus on "organic" can close a regional gap in the market. It just has to be carried out consistently and make an honest offer!
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