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Going Strong – How I Avoided Burn Out as a Massage Therapist

It is an unfortunate fact that most massage therapists burn out and quit the industry after less than 2 years. Right now, whether you have just graduated massage school or have been in the industry for a while I want to share my tips for avoiding burnout.

Self-Care

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One of the biggest factors of burnout for me is exhaustion, it absolutely kills my drive and drags my whole week down. Now it may confuse you to learn that the best way to avoid exhaustion is to exercise, something many people associate with being exhausted, however, a consistent workout schedule will not only energize you but will also increase your natural energy reservoir allowing you to expend yourself for longer and more often.

With exercising more often you will also need to keep yourself limber, always stretch before and after your workouts! It helps prevent injury and helps you bounce back quicker after exercising. On the topic of stretching, I have not met anyone who does not recommend yoga, it can be your workout, stretch and meditation wrapped up all into one package! If I could provide you with one tip toward making yourself happier it would be to start regularly doing yoga.

Focus on Quality, Not Quantity

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A lot of therapists I have met are terrified of increasing their prices, this is because they do not think they provide a service worth paying the higher price for, and honestly, if they believe it, it becomes true. They need to raise the quality of their work to be able to become comfortable with charging more. Keep your attention on providing the best massage to your clients that you can, and they will come out of it ready and willing to make another appointment.

You will want to be able to furnish clients with offers that your competition lacks, building your niche of the market around the specialized massage you can supply. Learning techniques such as Thai massage, Deep tissue, sports, and Reiki can assist in launching your business even further than you could have predicted.

Work Smart

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We have all heard “work smarter not harder” so often that most of us probably are more likely to elicit a groan at the pithy quote than to be reminded of its meaning. You do not have to reinvent the wheel; people have been experimenting and have discovered more massage techniques than you could hope to learn in a lifetime. Discovering each of these help with your transition into the “working smarter” side of the saying, however, it can be and is an awfully slow process without help, practice and experiment is the way you will get that desired hands-on experience, however, it is a bad idea to practice brand new techniques on your clients. The greatest way to get this practice in is to locate yourself a massage trading partner! The best group to practice on will be your fellow graduates, you already know them, and it will give them a chance to practice as well. I still have friends that I trade massages with from 10 years ago.

About Eric:

Eric has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. He is an expert healer with an alternative approach, and he is dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way possible. Now he coaches bodyworkers and health solopreneurs in their journey to fulfillment. Join expert therapists and experience the massage community with his Facebook group: The Happy, Successful Massage Therapist.

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Boise, Idaho Modalities

5 Different Types of Massage to Experience

You might be confused with all of the specialized services that massage therapists offer. By having knowledge about the different modalities, you can, as a client, choose a practitioner who really knows what they’re doing.

1.     Deep Tissue

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One of the most common requests my therapists at MassagEric get from new clients is for deep tissue because they can “handle a lot of pressure”. Many massage therapists, both beginner, and veteran, also hold this erroneous view that more pressure = better massage, and that any situation just needs a good pain tolerance and some elbow grease.

My guys at MassagEric give the perfect amount of pressure that your muscles and body need. They use intuitive judgment and perception to understand where your body is currently at and what it can handle.

2.     Thai

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It may surprise you to learn that the Thai style of massage originates from Thailand…

Another massage that is rising in popularity is Thai. Here at MassagEric, we are one of the only businesses in the entire Idaho Treasure Valley to do Thai massage, including in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Caldwell Kuna, and Garden City.

Although it might look like an odd form of yoga, a Thai massage is much more with the therapist guiding the client into each of the positions, applying pressure in key areas to maximize relief, and helping the client into positions that they might not otherwise be able to get into unassisted. Thai massages are known for increasing the function of your immune system and helping with headaches, migraines, anxiety, and back pain.

3.     Hot Stone Therapy

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Hot stones are pretty toasty. Watch out.

Hot stone massage probably originated from massage therapists getting bored and seeing what they could use to massage their clients besides their own appendages. A hot stone massage is traditionally believed to increase your appetite, give you better posture, and increase the rate in which your body recovers from injury. Although there is no real evidence to back up those aforementioned claims, a hot stone massage does still increase the benefits of a massage if not also providing an interesting diversion from the norm.

4.     Lymphatic

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These are not massage beds, however, people whom you perform a lymphatic massage on will be familiar with them.

Used in the treatment of lymphedema, a lymphatic massage is used to help drain buildups of fluid after a mastectomy or other surgeries that call for the removal of the lymph nodes. Lymphatic massages have been linked with helping post-op clients with

  • Stress levels.
  • The vitality of their skin
  • Their immune system.

A lymphatic massage does not need to be performed on a client that has no medical need for it.

5.     Sports

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You don’t have to be a depressed robot if you don’t want to be.

Another great massage to beef out your repertoire, sports massages are used before or after events by athletes, professionals, and aspiring amateurs. An advanced form of stretching, sports massage can help reduce the likelihood of injury and help you recover from your sporty exertions. There are ties with sports massages and a better range of motion, a reduction in muscle tension and spasms. Although there are many other claimed benefits to sports massages a good many have no real evidence backing them, so be careful what you advertise to your clients.

Afterward

Trying all of these massages should be a smooth and relaxing process. Feel free to book online with us at www.MassagEric.com to try out all of the above modalities.

Written in Boise, Idaho. We serve the Meridian, Kuna, Eagle, Nampa, and Caldwell districts as well.

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About the author:

Eric Deegear is an entrepreneur, author, therapist, motivational speaker & business coach. He holds a psychology degree and several therapeutic licenses. After creating and applying successful principles in his personal life, he began to utilize his skills professionally to help those looking to change their lives for the better. Drop him a line for any questions, comments, or love-notes.