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Feb 21, 2015

12 Self-Care Tips for Massage Therapists

As a massage therapist taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your clients. Your work is demanding, so having a good self-care regimen in place is a necessity. Placing a priority on self-care helps you center yourself and reduce stress.  Your commitment to self-care is an indication that you recognize balance in your life.  A regular program of self-care can reduce high blood pressure, improve digestion, promote healthy sleep and improve your memory. We’ve compiled a list of self care tips that you can start using today.

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1.Stay Hydrated

The human body is made up of over seventy percent water. So understandably, drinking plenty of fluids to maintain and replenish water levels is vital for muscle function, joint and brain protection, immune health, digestion, and even your mood. If you need help improving your daily water intake  download Waterlogged – this free app will remind you when to need to drink more water

2. Get Regular Massages
Practice what you preach! You know all of the benefits of getting a good massage so reap the benefits yourself by booking regular appointments.

3. Practice Meditation
Spend 15 minutes a day meditating to restore your calm and inner peace. Meditating benefits your emotional well-being and your overall health.
4. Take Quiet Breaks
Leave adequate time in between clients to take a quiet break. Go for a short walk, eat a healthy snack, listen to soothing music – this will help you feel refreshed and ready for the next client.

5. Don’t Overbook Appointments 

Overbooking appointments often leads to stress, tiredness, and bad yelp reviews from your clients. Be sure to leave spaces in your schedule and don’t overwork yourself.

6. Practice Good Hygiene

Maintaining good hygiene is critical for massage therapists – it shows a sense of professionalism and keeps your clients happy.

7. Take Vacations
Give yourself some well deserved R&R every once in a while. A relaxing vacation will rejuvenate your mind and body.
8. Physical Exercise
Regular exercise is essential to massage therapists who must maintain strength, flexibility, and good health to perform their job. If running doesn’t excite you then try a trendy fitness class such as CrossFit, SoulCycle, The Bar Method, Piloxing or Trampoline Cardio.

 

9. Spend Time with Friends + Family
Enjoy quality time maintaining positive relationships with your friends and family. According to a study from Brigham Young University having many strong social ties can help you live a longer, healthier life.
10. Eat Healthy

Give your body necessary nutrients it needs to keep you energized, healthy, and strong. If you need help coming up with healthy meals subscribe to Plated. This online service delivers fresh, local ingredients to your doorstep. It saves you the time it usually takes to find healthy recipes and ingredients by providing all the necessities for a gourmet meal. All you need is about 30 minutes to make it.

11. Practice Proper Body Mechanics
The term body mechanics is used to describe the optimal alignment of our body for free-flowing movement. Ease and efficiency of movement will protect massage therapists from unnecessary stress and pain.
12. Manage Your Time
Massage therapy is a demanding profession. Taking care of yourself is essential to not only your health but also the longevity of your career. Part of a good self-care program is learning time management skills so you don’t get burned out or injured.

 

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