It’s not uncommon for health care practitioners to neglect their own health needs. But continually sacrificing your health and well-being when the warning signs are obvious negates all the positive energy you’re attempting to share with your clients. If you’re noticing signs of burnout, it’s time to take a step back and begin a self-care regime.
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The physical and emotional demands of massage therapy can sometimes be overwhelming, resulting in burnout. The symptoms of burnout can include fatigue, diminishing joy, loss of confidence or injury.
A recent American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) survey indicates that 65 percent of massage therapists are practicing in some level of pain. And massage therapists—like many wellness professionals—often put the needs of their clients first, sometimes sacrificing their own needs.
That’s where self-care comes in. By learning habits and strategies to keep burnout at bay, massage therapists can ensure a healthy and rewarding massage therapy career for years to come.