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Another post another interest. I'm wondering what other Therapists across the US are doing to save themselves from injury, all whille still making ends meet.
What are the Max # of sessions you'd perform in a day?
How would you space those out to safely manage that amt on a daily basis?
Does where you work have a certain requirement?
I'm hearing while the ME's of the world say that they allow their MT's to pick and choose their schedule that it's not exactly the case at most locals, since I'm thinking of buying into this industry FYI (NOT Massage Envy) I wanting to get a feel across the board for what other Therapist both in the massage box retial environment, as well as privated business onwers have to say.
I think this depends greatly on what kind of physical shape the therapist is in, and how well you can maintain your body mechanics. Some therapists like/need a half hour or so break between clients, and others can do perhaps three in a row and then a longer break - maybe 2 hours.
When I was at my busiest (and younger!) I regularly did 6 - 7 one hour massages per day: 3 in a row then a 2 hour break and then 4. I totalled about 28 a week and did that for years.
I never had an injury or a problem.
Now I have slowed down because I am older, and don't want or need to work so much. I do about 15 massages a week - averaging 3 - 4 a day, with a nice break between each massage.
I am fortunate to be self-employed so I can set my own schedule to meet my needs and those of my clients,.
I suggest that new therapists start out easy so that they can build their strength and endurance. Too many new therapists take on a larger client load than they should and they experience repetitive strain injuries.
When applying for a position, find out what the employer's expectations are about numbers per day and scheduling.
I also think this depends on how great of shapr the therapist is in, I work at the Massage envy in costa mesa CA, and I do 3 massages then an 60 min break then do 3 more then i'm off. I work tuesday through saturday. and all nights so I have my mornings free to workout which involves weighrtlifting, yoga and other forms of exercise. So I stay in good shape and I'm always self aware of my body mechanics. there is a great book called "BODY MECHANICS FOR THE MANUAL THERAPISTS" By Barbara Frye. It is amazing and really helped. I also get two massages per month as required by my location and I also see a chiropractor once a month to get adjusted. hope this helps.
I keep at least an hour between appts. and will not usually do over 4 massages in a day. I am a private practice.