Whether you are a massage therapist or a client, self-care is crucial when it comes to maintaining your overall health and wellness.
Massage Therapists and Self-Care
Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your clients! In a profession dedicated to the needs of others, it can be easy to overwork, overstress, and neglect yourself. Making self-care a priority will help you reduce the stress that stems from running a business or managing a career, as well as reduce work-related injuries; it allows you the time to center yourself and move forward the healthiest, happiest you can be.
When you are on the job, focus on:
- consistently good body mechanics
- taking quiet breaks
- healthy eating
When you are off the job, focus on:
- physical exercise
- time spent with family and friends
- REGULAR MASSAGE FOR YOURSELF!
Set an excellent wellness example for your clients by making self-care a priority.
Clients and Self-Care
Coming in for even a single massage means you are already on the right track when it comes to self-care. Regular massage therapy is one of the best ways to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. However, regular massage often isn’t an option, and the free time between massage sessions can be a great opportunity to take your self-care into your own hands.
Self-care between sessions includes:
- self-massage & trigger points
- using plant extracts/essential oils
- hot/cold therapy
- detox baths
- keeping well hydrated
- lifestyle habits (diet, exercise, rest, bad habits, etc.)
Practicing your own self-care will not only extend the benefits of your massage sessions, but also increase your overall health and wellness when massage therapy isn’t an option. Take care of you!