How to look after your body as a Therapist 

Your body is your tool.

Like a dancer or an athlete, you depend on your body, your health and your wellbeing.

Your work is quite physical, and this must be acknowledged, hence you need to prepare your body to be physically prepared for the demanding work it will be required to do throughout a shift. It will also help you mentally. See my Ebook on Burn out : http://bit.ly/2Nd2c9d

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First and most importantly - Stretch!

Make sure that your muscles, joints and ligaments are ready.

I can’t emphasise this enough. The work you do in the treatment room is physically (and mentally) strenuous.

Your body is your tool and it needs to be warm, flexible and nimble.

Do some stretching before you start your shift. Include stretches that will open your shoulder blades, hips, and lower back. You will be surprised what a big difference this will make.

You will need to stretch between your treatments as well.

Do not think that only massage therapists need to stretch!

If you do many manicures staying in the same position all the time, you will put too much pressure on your skeletal and muscular systems. You need to move as well – again, stretching, walking and moving to balance the effects of being in a single focused position all day.

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Next is

breathing!

Give yourself oxygen. Your muscles need it, your brain needs it, every organ in the body needs it, your entire body depends on it.

Take a few conscious breaths between every treatment. It will reset your mind as well, and bring you to the present moment.

Make sure that you have the correct posture while working.

Adjust your stool or chair or massage table accordingly, so you don't twist or overstretch your body.

Use the power from your whole body, massage doesn’t just come from the arms alone.

3.

Eat well.

You need fuel. Sugar and potatoes crisps washed with a gulp of coca cola won’t give you that. Have a healthy mix of fruits and vegetables with some carbs and protein.

It should be a fine balance – and not just junk food.

4.

Sleep.

We do need 6-8 hours night rest in order to be able to perform on a high level. Ideally being in bed by around 10.30pm. Check your bedroom, declutter it.

Avoid electronics for about an hour before bedtime, keep your room fresh and ventilated.

These are simple rules but will make a big difference.

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