Massage Therapy For The Caregiver
Massage Therapy = Self-care for the Care-giver
As a massage therapist, you spend your days caring for your clients—and most likely your evenings caring for your loved ones. As a caregiver you may be feeling stressed or anxious trying to manage it all. That’s a very natural reaction—and a common one.
Just because you’re a caregiver doesn’t mean you don’t need care-giving yourself. In fact, you probably need it more than most. The physical strain of performing massage therapy is strenuous and takes its toll. Rest and physical attention is crucial to your success as a massage practitioner. Below are a few tips for self-care for the care-giver.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Perhaps establish a massage-trade with a fellow colleague. As you know more than anyone, massage therapy offers huge benefits to one’s wellbeing.
- In addition to planning time for yourself, be sure to keep up on your medical appointments. Sometimes doctors’ appointments can be the first thing pushed aside to leave room for career, family, and life. A visit to your doctor can ensure you’re maintaining your own health and wellness.
- Lastly, and most importantly, learn to just say No. It’s a small, simple word, yet one of the hardest to say. You can’t do it all and there’s nothing to be ashamed about. Being able to say no will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed.