Burnout is a common outcome amongst massage therapists of all sorts. We try to do too many sessions per day to make enough money. Pushing sometimes beyond our threshold is a good thing, but to do it all the time is crazy. Finally the body says no-in one form or another, always getting a bit more emphatic in its messages. If we still don't respond, the consequences can be dire.
I will be posting tips to avoid burnout from time to time for therapists, and this is one. Practice what you preach. While you're preaching it. When you ask a client to 'relax', 'breathe', 'open' or whatever you say to clients, listen to what you re saying and do it yourself in the moment. Then you are communicating with your client through your own body language, and at the same time establishing an inner communication loop of opening and relaxing your own body while you are working. and since that can be quite a few hours a day, you have the ongoing opportunity to be with you, work with you, heal you. It is a wonderful bonus of our careers.
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