A solid self-care regimen is important for a long and healthy massage therapy career. Here are three tips to help keep you in peak condition.
1. Keep your hands healthy
"To avoid hand and wrist injuries, keeping wrists neutral is an absolute must—while performing massage therapy and all throughout other daily activities, such as computer and phone use, for example." Playful Self-Care for Hands and Wrists »
2. Proper body mechanics are key
"When preparing for a massage therapy session, make sure you’re working at a proper table height. A higher table translates to less low-back bending and a more normal wrist angle. Conversely, lower massage table heights cause the massage therapist to bend over more, moving their center of gravity forward and increasing the stress on the low back." Work Smarter, Not Harder »
3. Listen to your body
"Being more aware of your internal sensory experiences makes noticing the cues your body is sending to signal when you’re uncomfortable, tired or stressed easier to recognize. And being able to more easily recognize how you’re feeling can be key in remaining healthy, especially when considering your emotional well-being." Self-Care: Listening to Your Body »
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