A post last week from Massage Table Outlet about the importance of self-care for massage therapists has inspired me to write this post. Unfortunately, it's a topic that I feel doesn't get enough emphasis in our field.
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Therapists often don't realize the importance until it's too late! So while my list here is playful, please take care of yourself and take this information to ♥
How to Burn Out in 7 Years... or Less!
- Do as many massages a day as humanly possible.
- Only schedule enough time in between clients to change the linens on the table.
- Fuel up on gummi bears and Mt. Dew during your work day.
- Forget everything you ever learned about proper body mechanics.
- Use your thumbs AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE in your work.
- Consider doing massage as your daily requirement for "exercise" and never do anything additional for your body.
- Try to work 7 or 8 days a week.
- Don't stretch - this is for sissies.
- Say YES to everything and everyone - especially clients.
- Never learn any new techniques. Stick to the exact same work you've been doing since massage school so you're sure to be bored out of your mind.
- Play the same massage music every day... for years.
- Charge just enough to feed yourself and possible not make your mortgage or rent payment each month.
- Take on all of your client's emotional and physical baggage yourself - make yourself a martyr.
- Give all of yourself all the time to every one....except yourself.
- Don't learn to work with any kind of tools.
- Spend your off time doing hands-heavy hobbies like playing piano, gardening, kneading dough, etc.
- And last but not least:
Never receive any bodywork yourself!
Do you have other tips to add on how to quickly burnout as an MT? Comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts!