Thursday, December 5, 2013

Burn Baby Burn---Tips For Massage Therapist To Avoid Burnout

Every massage therapist I know, myself included, has experienced massage burnout on some level. Whether taking too many clients during the day/week or just not ever taking time off for themselves. I know therapists who pushed and pushed to the point where not only did they suffer the physical stresses of burnout, but they fell out of love with performing massage in any capacity.

We all learned about self care in school, are you practicing? How often do you take time for yourself?
Are you utilizing any "helper" tools during your massages to help with any soreness you may be experiencing?

In order to give our best work, we must be in our best condition!

Here are some self care tools and helper tools to aid in combating massage hangovers:

Thera Cane
Tiger Tail Self-Massage Tool / 22" by Tiger Tail
The Orbi Self Massage Tool by Orbi
Index Knobber II
Thumb Saver Trigger Point Massage Therapy Tool
Thumbsaver Small Female Red 
Thumbsaver Large Male Blue
Bongers Set of 2
Thumper Mini Pro

Here are some very easy self care tips to remember as you go about your day to day:

*Be mindful of your body mechanics at all times. You may not feel the stress during the massage but your body will and at some point, if you keep pushing...it will let you know!
* TAKE BREAKS!!! always try to schedule enough time between clients to recharge, have a snack, take a quick walk
*Receive regular massage...this is very important!!!
*Stretch. If you aren't already doing some form of stretching, it's time to start. Here are a few videos to get you started...


Remember, we are role models for our clients and must learn to take our own advice! 

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