ELBOW PAIN IN MASSAGE THERAPISTS Why it's happening and self care

body mechanics self care Feb 10, 2021

Massage therapists use their hands and other parts of their arms all day giving massage so when elbow pain starts it's an all hands on deck moment. 

Really, the prevention should have started long before the pain shows up.

Knowledge is power so let's look at why the elbow pain is happening and then how we can prevent and treat it.

Why massage therapists get elbow pain

The short answer is poor body mechanics but that doesn't help you unless you know what you are doing that's causing the pain.

Massage therapists use their hands A LOT during a massage session.  Hands are our main tool.  

You should be using other tools at least 40% of the massage but if you're determined to use your hands, let's see the specific reasons why the elbow pain starts. 

Petrissage and Kneading

While you are using petrissage be aware that your wrists are staying neutral. 

  • any wrist flexion puts a strain on the tendons of the elbow

When kneading, aim to knead without a lot of...

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AT HOME WORKOUT #4 ABC CIRCUIT Abs, butt, and legs workout needing no equipment

exercise Feb 05, 2021
 

Massage therapists are often taught good body mechanics in massage school but injury still seems to plague many over time.

This workout helps build strength in the core, butt, and legs to become stronger which helps the body work injury-free for many years in the massage career.

Massage therapists know the importance of body mechanics so take action, put some time into your body and get stronger with this workout!

This week's workout titled ABC Circuit is working abs, butt, and legs from your own home and you won't need any equipment.

Circuit A has three exercises and should be completed in 10 minutes. Go as fast as you can, without sacrificing proper form, through the reps, and move on to the next exercise looking forward to a 90-second break at the end of the circuit.

Circuit B has three exercises, a ten-minute time cap, and a 90-second break at the end.

Circuit C will follow the same outline. You get a break and can go back to the beginning to repeat all circuits or pick your...

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MASSAGE THERAPIST SELF CARE TOOLS. The best tools to get out of pain and stay pain free.

self care Feb 03, 2021

All massage therapists realize the importance of self-care for some part of their body after their first week of 25-30 clients. 

Whether it's hands, thumbs, neck, or back hurting, massage therapists find some form of self care necessary during their career.  

Here we'll take a look at some of the best tools a massage therapist can use when fatigue or muscle soreness sets in. 

[As an Amazon Associate I may receive a small commission from sales of links provided here.  I only link to products I have personally used and would recommend to a friend.]

Types of self care tools

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy or cold therapy can be used when you feel an overuse injury coming on or have signs of inflammation.  Common overuse injuries of the hands and elbow can benefit from cryotherapy as self care.

The tendons of the elbow can be iced with this method if a massage therapist has elbow tendonitis.  Tennis elbow is common with massage therapy work, as is golfer's...

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AT-HOME WORKOUT #3 DESCENT

exercise Jan 29, 2021
 

This video is for general informational and educational purposes only.

It's a good idea to get a doctor's approval before beginning a new exercise program.  See our full disclaimer page here.

This week's workout titled Descent can be done at home and begins with harder exercises and gradually the exercises get easier.

The at-home exercises are demonstrated in the video but you can find the full workout with set and reps and breaks here.

https://wlabs.me/3agWOtZ

There are some low impact options shown in the video in case a jumping exercise doesn't feel good to your joints.

Level one exercises are a good place to start if some of these exercises are new for you. Level two exercises are for more advanced exercisers.

Get the free workout here!

https://wlabs.me/3ae1ReI 

 

Visit us on YouTube for other home workouts.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIR27ZW_2blMXNt-1AhMKug  

Enjoy!

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DEPRESSION AND DIET Your Diet Could Be Making Your Depression Worse

healthy eating self care Jan 27, 2021

Eating healthy for depression

Eating healthy for depression isn't something depressed people worry about.  This knowledge is important to know or share with someone who needs it. 

Diet and depression

When you realize you’re in some level of depression or someone notices you are, healthy eating may be the least of your worries.

Depression and diet and exercise are two natural remedies of depression. Exercise is proven to fight mild depression (see blog here) by increasing serotonin levels and releasing endorphins in the body to feel better.

Let’s take a look at the link between depression and diet. What foods to avoid and which foods may help depression.

Foods that could be adding to depression

Sugar

If you're coping with depression, it can be important to know what not to eat. Unfortunately, many of these foods are the ones people often turn to when they're having a rough day.

We know that sugary foods and drinks are not good for our bodies. What you may not...

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AT-HOME WORKOUT #2 LOWER BODY BLAST

exercise Jan 24, 2021
 

This is an at-home workout with no equipment needed.

You will need the entire workout to show the number of repetitions for each exercise and where breaks are included.

Get the entire workout here.

https://www.facebook.com/thefitmt

Or

Here    

Visit us on YouTube for other home exercises. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIR27ZW_2blMXNt-1AhMKug 

Have fun!

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EXERCISE AND DEPRESSION Exercise is one of the best natural remedies for depression

exercise self care Jan 20, 2021

Of the natural remedies for depression, exercise tops the list.  We are going to look at why exercise is so effective to combat depression.  

*Disclaimer: Depression can be a very serious condition which in some cases requires medication.  This article is for general information and of the author’s opinion, which is not discounting the importance of professional medical advice.  

Depression touches almost everyone’s life at some point. 

Whether it’s a loved one or yourself finding it hard to cope with life, depression can be debilitating.  From mild to severe, depression is commonly remedied with prescription medication.  

With medication always comes side effects.  What if there was a natural way to combat depression with no negative side effects? There is.  The answer is exercise.

How to fight depression

Aerobic exercise and depression

Aerobic exercise is any activity that raises your heart rate above...

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AT-HOME WORKOUT #1 ASCENT

exercise Jan 18, 2021
 

This week's at-home workout doesn't need any equipment.  

This video demonstrates each exercise with a level 1 and level 2 option for different fitness levels from beginner to advanced.

You will need the entire workout to show the number of repetitions for each exercise and where breaks are included.

Workout found here: https://workoutlabs.com/train/workout/angela-robertson-id72845/QwEt44P/ 

Please email if you have any questions.  Enjoy!

 

 

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FINDING YOUR CENTER. CENTERING YOURSELF IN HARD TIMES.

self care Jan 14, 2021

Centering Meditation Exercises For Stress Management

Everyone knows life can get hard at times, and for some, those times can turn into years.

Our mental health can be fragile if not tended to, and different degrees of depression makes it hard to realize when there’s a problem.

Massage therapists, no doubt, have had an introduction to finding your center somewhere in their training. Massage work is best delivered when the massage therapist is centered on the client.

These centering techniques can be used in various life circumstances, from workplace stress to dealing with some of life’s biggest struggles.

Here are simple, applicable strategies to help feel centered and can also be used for centering meditation. These centering exercises can calm down, lessen anxiety, ease worry, and reduce stress.

The Three-Count Breath

One way to help the body relax and reduce stress is to steady your breath.

Begin here: Inhale for three counts. Hold for three counts. Exhale for three...

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MASSAGE THERAPIST GOAL SETTING FOR THE NEW YEAR

current events goals Jan 06, 2021

A How-To Guide For Goal Setting And Why You Need Goals As A Massage Therapist

Happy new year to you, Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners! With a new year usually comes setting new goals for your business and yourself, including your fitness, health, nutrition and personal goals.

I’m doing it and while this year it’s taken more focus than normal because things are up in the air with COVID-19, a new year wouldn’t be complete without talking about goal setting.

Goals, if you aren’t used to setting them will change your life! Write your goals down and watch them become reality. Take a look at how easy it is and how it will bring you a renewed focus for your business.

Setting your goals

Determine what you want to accomplish as the basis for setting your goals. What are those dreams or wishes you have always thought about? Find those things where you say to yourself, ‘If only I could…”

When you figure out what you want, you can...

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