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Feb 21, 2015

10 Self-Care Tips for Massage Therapists

As a massage therapist taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your clients. By implementing a good self-care regimen you’ll feel equipped for the demands of running a massage business and working with multiple clients. We’ve compiled a list of self-care practices you can use to reduce high blood pressure, improve digestion, promote healthy sleep and improve your memory.

1. Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of fluids to maintain and replenish water levels is vital for muscle function, joint and brain protection, immune health, digestion, and your mood. If you need help improving your daily water intake download Daily Water – this free app will remind you when to need to drink more water.

 2. Get Regular Massages
Practice what you preach. You know about the benefits of getting a good massage so reap the benefits yourself by booking regular appointments at the NHI Massage Clinic.


3. Practice Meditation
Spend 10 minutes a day meditating to reduce stress and improve your focus. Meditating benefits your emotional well-being and your overall health. To get in the habit of meditating, we recommend using Headspace, a personal meditation guide that fits in your pocket.


4. Don’t Overbook Appointments and Make Time for Quiet Breaks
Overbooking appointments often leads to stress, tiredness, and a bad yelp review from your clients. Leave adequate time in between clients to take a quiet break. Go for a short walk, eat a healthy snack, and listen to soothing music to help you feel refreshed and ready for the next client.

5. Practice Good Hygiene
Maintaining good hygiene is critical for massage therapists as it shows a sense of professionalism and keeps your clients happy.


6. Take Vacations
Give yourself some well deserved R&R every once in a while. A relaxing vacation will rejuvenate your mind and body.


7. Eat Healthy and Workout
Give your body the necessary nutrients it needs to keep you energized, healthy, and strong. If you need help coming up with healthy meals subscribe to home meal kit services such as Blue Apron. This online service delivers all the ingredients you need to prepare a healthy gourmet meal. Complement your diet with a regular exercise plan to maintain strength, flexibility, and good health. 


8. 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.


9. Stretch Properly
Since you are on your feet and exerting some strength and pressure when you perform massages on your clients, it’s important to treat your job like exercise. With that being said, before you exercise every day you should stretch. Light stretches before meeting with any client is a good starting point.

10. Spend Time with Friends and 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.


What self-care tip can you add to this list?