Eye Candy!

By Sharon Truelove

massage and eye pillow

It’s all about customer service. Whatever your profession, it’s about creating an experience for your client. As professionals, we are continually striving to make each client’s experience awesome. Making each session personal, can go a long way in impressing your clients. Isn’t that what it’s all about….the client?

One small item can help create a one-hour vacation for your client; an eye pillow.

Eye pillows can do many things in the session:

  • Shield the eyes from light
  • The added weight, for many, is very comforting
  • Adding scents via fresh herbs or essential oils can add to the sensual experience
  • Putting them in the freezer can help with puffy eyes (especially during allergy season)
  • Popping them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds can warm them (use caution though, and test on your forearm first, as the skin on the eyelids is thin)

 

pattern

If you enjoy “Do It Yourself” projects, you can make your own eye pillows and even sell them to your clients. They will think of their wonderful massage therapist between sessions when they are using it at home.  This can also help book a next session because you have taken such wonderful and attentive care of your client.

candy canexmas eye pillow

 

 

 

 

 

They also make great gifts for Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following are some great links if you wish to make your own eye pillow candy:

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/arpil.html

http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpatternsprojects/ss/eye-pillow-pattern.htm

http://amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/FreeEyePillowPattern.pdf

http://www.bhg.com/crafts/sewing/accessories/do-it-yourself-eye-pillows/

My own personal favorite is to recycle a pair of pantyhose that have a runner in them (or use a lone sock whose partner has gone awol).  Rather than throw them away:

 

pantyhose

socks

 

 

 

 

 

  • cut off the good leg of the pantyhose
  • fill it (or the lone sock) with flax seed (rice, beans…)
  • tie off the end
  • make a nice eye pillow case to cover it from a regular pillow case or remnant piece of material

 

Viola!

pillow cover

Make one for yourself and try it out. Let me know your thoughts!

24 thoughts on “Eye Candy!”

  1. What a great little gift to give your client. Thank you for the suggestion and instructions to make the pillow.

  2. This is great because I’m sure that my family would love them and it seems inexpensive and easy to do. As a single mom I always appreciate these sort of ideas:)

  3. I really enjoy small, fast, and easy do-it-yourself projects. I would like to try this, maybe try different shapes to fit different faces even. I think is would be a fun project and experiment to try. I also like that you can sell them to your clients, so, you can “work on them” without working on them.

  4. I remember making these as Mother’s Day presents when I was younger. They made a great gift and were so much fun! I have one that I use every night, heated in the microwave, around my neck. It works wonders and helps me fall asleep faster. Great idea. I think I’ll make another one now.

  5. Eye pillow sounds like a good idea, looks like fun to make will see if I can there are so many cool fabrics out there.you could really go wild with making cute eye pillows.

  6. I have had one of these before and I didn’t care for it, but I can see how it can be helpful to a client with puffy eyes, it might feel good to them.

  7. Eye pillows seems like an exellent idea for anxious clients.

    The weight on the eye has a very calming effect and placing the pillow shows the client that you go the extra step for their comfort.

  8. This sounds like something that would work great in bring in more business with clients as well as would be great to use for myself. It also could be an extra way to make income.

  9. I love do it yourself projects, i never can find the time or the talent to actually do them but my pinterest board is filling up…

  10. Those pillows look really comfy. I’d like to try and make one for around the eyes. I think that would help clients that have migraines.
    I know my migraines I need an ice pack, But sometimes the ice pack hurts I think this would be a better fit and feel much better. I’m gonna look into making one for myself and try it out.

  11. I’ve never liked having my eyes covered but I can see where it would help an anxious client relax. These are also nice, quick, and easy gift ideas

  12. So I have never used an eye cover myself and this blog made me very curious, last night as a matter of fact. I loved it; I slept a lot better but when I woke up my eyes were a little sore. I think it was to tight but I did enjoy it.

  13. I’m not very good with a needle and thread. But I still think this is a good idea considering no one like to be blinded when they turn over.

  14. This is an awesome idea to keep in mind for future clients. i love this because i constantly put a sheet or something to cover my eyes.