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Self-Care Techniques for Massage Therapists

Massage therapists are faced with not only the mental and emotional stress of running a business or managing a career, but they have the added stress of strenuous physical effort.

Your commitment to self-care is an indication that you recognize the importance of balance in your life. Placing a priority on self-care helps you center yourself and reduce stress.

You Are a Role Model to Your Massage Clients

As a massage therapy practitioner in the field of integrated health and wellness, clients look to you to set a good wellness example. Think of the effect on your business if your clients see you munching on a candy bar between appointments or if your speech sounds rushed or shrill due to the stress of a too-busy day.

Self-Care Is a Profitability Tool

Practicing self-care is as important to your massage therapy business success as your client and business skills are. If you injure yourself through poor use of body mechanics or physical exhaustion, the effect on your massage business could be devastating.

A healthy self-care routine allows you to take on the demanding yet satisfying work required of massage therapists. Take care of yourself and your business at the same time.

On-the-Job Self-Care Tips for Massage Therapists

  • consistently good body mechanics
  • breathwork
  • meditating or praying
  • quiet breaks
  • healthy eating

Off-the-Job Self-Care Tips for Massage Therapists

  • sacred ritual practice
  • physical exercise
  • regular massage for yourself
  • participation in sports and games
  • vacations
  • time spent with friends and family

Related: 12 Self-Care Secrets for Massage Therapsits | 4 Credit Hours

Tags: massage therapy career, self-care

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