3 Self-Care Tips for Massage Therapists

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.

Being able to more easily recognize how you're feeling can be key in remaining healthy.

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 back." Work Smarter, Not Harder »

3. Listen to your body

"Being more aware of your internal sensory experiences helps you recognize when your body is signaling that you’re uncomfortable, tired or stressed. And being able to understand how you’re feeling can be key in remaining healthy, especially when considering your emotional well-being." Self-Care: Listening to Your Body »

Self-Care for Massage Therapists CE

12 Self-Care Secrets | 4 Credit Hours

Healthy Hands: How to Properly Take Care of Forearms, Wrists and Hands | 2 Credit Hours

Avoiding Burnout for Massage Therapists | 2 Credit Hours

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