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Things That You Might Not Know About Massage Therapists

Things That You Might Not Know About Massage Therapists

A day at the spa often includes a relaxing massage by a massage therapist whose magic fingers seem to have the power to melt away any lingering stress or trouble spots that you have been suffering from.

For clients, it may seem like healing others through massage is a dream profession, but it also takes a lot of hard work and physical strength to be successful. It also is important to have great interpersonal skills, since the work involves being in such close proximity with clients.

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Here are a few other things that might surprise you about being a massage therapist.

They are trained to do various types of massage

You may be used to receiving a stress-relieving massage during your spa visit, but there are in fact many different kinds of massages to target different populations and issues. Some masseuses are trained in giving massages specifically targeted to the common issues faced by athletes (such as Olympic athletes and marathon runners), to keep their muscles and joints in prime shape. There are also specific massages geared toward physical therapy patients that help to sustain mobility during the recovery period.

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They do not know your body best

Massage therapists have had a lot of professional training and experience, but every client is unique and their physiological composition can vary greatly from others. It is important to be vocal if you are experiencing pain during the massage or if something does not feel quite right. Do not feel embarrassed that you are calling them out, because you are actually doing them a favor. Massage therapists cannot always tell if something is off just by touch and they rely on their clients’ reactions to let them know if they should adjust their techniques.

They always try to create a professional environment

Being a massage therapist is a unique occupation because you are in a sensitive environment, where you are dealing with a client who is in a very vulnerable position as they are usually naked. One of the most important things for a massage therapist is to create boundaries and make sure that both they and their client feel 100% safe. There are a lot of misconceptions about masseuses, due to them frequently being portrayed in the media as sex workers, but there are only a small percentage that work in massage parlors hidden from the public. If there is any aspect of the experience that makes you feel uncomfortable, it is important to speak up. Massage therapists always want to make sure their client is completely relaxed to ensure the best experience possible.

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They experience burnout often

It is physically demanding being a massage therapist and the burnout rates are no joke. It is not always ideal as a long-term occupation, especially if the therapist is prone to physical health issues that can result from the daily wear and tear that their bodies go through with each client. Being a massage therapist can also be emotionally draining. Dealing with difficult clients, long hours on your feet, inconsiderate bosses and never-ending paperwork can take a toll as well.

They need to have an aptitude for science

Going through massage school is no easy walk in the park. It includes a lot of late nights cramming for anatomy, physiology, kinesology and pathology tests, where there are hundreds of terms and systems you need to commit to memory- not to mention the final exam for the actual massage license. It is important that a massage therapist excel in all of their courses, because knowing how the body works is crucial to being able to give a effective massage. There is no room for error once you are with a client and one wrong move can make things much worse.

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Last Updated on June 26, 2019

I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

Hating life is a bit of a misnomer it seems: in the media, in education, in every aspect of our lives, we’re shown visions of a perfect world, one where everyone is happy and life is a decades-long dream. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Life can and is hard and tough and painful at times. I have first-hand experience of this: at this time years ago, I was a recent university graduate, unemployed and aimless. All of this was having a knock-on effect on my social and mental wellbeing—I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t seeing my friends as often. I was snappy to family members and I could barely drag myself out of bed in the morning…

That doesn’t mean it can’t change.

Life goes through ebbs and flows all the time and the key to getting through it all without cutting off your social circle and eating your local grocery store out of Ben & Jerry’s, is to cultivate some techniques and methods of going through life with some stability and grace. It’s not a guarantee against life’s hardships but, take the steps you want to use and you won’t hate life.

If you want to stop hating your life and start falling in love with it, take these steps:

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

Seriously, you’re obviously going to be grouchy and more inclined towards the more miserable side, if you’re not getting your recommended seven or more hours of sleep a night.

Start checking in how much you sleep and then start making steps to go to bed earlier and sleep for longer. It might cure every problem but at least you’ll be well-rested and less likely to nap throughout the day. If you having trouble getting to sleep, go and

2. Eat Healthily

I have had a real issue with eating healthily for years and it wasn’t until I was hospitalised a few years ago (for a condition unrelated to my eating for the sake of disclosure), that I really started to look at what I ate and how I viewed my body.

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I’m absolutely an advocate of body positivity and loving your body at any size and while I haven’t lost any huge amount of weight, eating a hell of a lot healthier improved my mood and made me feel better.

In short, it’s absolutely okay to have a pizza and a soda as a treat, but just have something healthier tomorrow.

3. Write It All Down

Sometimes the best thing you can do is let it all out. Keeping things that are making you hate life all bottled up is neither helpful to getting out of that cycle nor healthy for your overall wellbeing.

Grab yourself a notebook, a journal, a diary, a bit of paper, whatever, and just start writing down how you feel. As soon as you’ve done that, start thinking about what you could do in theory to stop this from happening or to stop you from feeling like this.

4. Get Some Fresh Air

It’s underrated and we all take it for granted, but really, getting out of your home and going for a walk can be really beneficial. It gets you outside in the (hopefully) sunshine and getting to see the whole of life as you walk around can be really grounding and calming.

Believe me, if you’re stuck inside mulling over on the bad things of your life, grab a pair of sneakers and go for a walk. Plus, it’s free. Can’t say better than that, can you?

5. Get Some Exercise

This is practically a Part II of the previous step, but as someone who used to look at the gym as something people did when they were feeling particularly masochistic, I can actually say I enjoy it now.

You don’t even have to subscribe to a fancy gym—go for a run around the block with your headphones in or lift some heavy boxes to build up muscle tone.

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Bonus: Doing all that heavy lifting of boxes or incorporating exercise into chores will make your house cleaner and look even more awesome, as well as making you look and feel better.

6. Treat Yourself

Hating your life can be exhausting, and I mean that literally. It drains the energy from you until all you want to do is lie in bed with a pint of ice cream and the last five seasons of a TV show on Netflix.

Therefore, a good thing to keep your spirits up can be to treat yourself.

Life is too short, after all, to deny yourself some treats. Go see that movie that looks awesome in the cinema, grab a gelato with a friend, paint your nails, whatever makes you happy, do it. You deserve it.

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7. Cut out Those Negative Triggers

Chances are that if you hate life, something is setting off those triggers in your head. Until you’re able to deal with them without turning all misanthropic, the best thing might be just to get rid of all of those negative triggers.

If you’re suffering from what AllGroanUp refer to as “Obsessive Comparison Disorder” (i.e. obsessively checking out the lifestyles of all your “successful” friends), then stop using Facebook and Twitter as much.

Social media can be a fantastic way to connect, but it can be also be a toxic environment for neuroses and comparisons to breed.

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Trust me, I know. If it sets you off, cut it out.

8. Dance

Yes you can dance. No, really, you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re not some breakdancing dynamo or ballroom extraordinaire, everyone can dance. It’s programmed into the human race, the ultimate expression of emotion.

Dance like no one’s watching, dance like you don’t care. Tap your feet, sway your hips, go as mad or as wild as you want to to your favourite songs. Nothing quite shakes the cobwebs off than losing yourself in rhythm and dance to a song you love.

9. Get Organized

A great way to start moving forward and looking at what you can change in your life to make it better, is to get organized.

Spend a weekend going through your home and clearing the unnecessary stuff out of it. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or don’t want anymore and start to give everything a space.

It doesn’t have to look like it’s stepped off the pages of Good Housekeeping, but clearing a lot of space and making sure that your home has a bit of harmony can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

10. Pay It Forward

Life is a mystery and it can be a minefield to get through. Sometimes you stumble, sometimes you fall. The important part is to pick yourself back up and keep walking forward.

Paying it forward is simply helping others. Charity is something that is often thrown around as an accessory to human behavior—how many celebrities have you read about who have done something heinous, but are defended by the phrase “but [they] do charity work”?

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Go volunteer! If you think you’re at breaking point, go help other people.

People in the world out there will be going through the same things that you are going through; and while you might not run into someone who’s going through the exact same circumstances, you will be helping people who need help.

Helping out a soup kitchen, or at a church bake sale, or at a homeless shelter or wherever needs help, can make a huge difference to the lives of those individuals involved. And believe me, it’ll do a hell of a lot for your state of mind .

A great idol of mine, Audrey Hepburn, once stated that we have two hands: one for helping ourselves, and one for helping others. That’s a fantastic sentiment and one I think will help people who hate their live.

If you go and help other people, you’re having such a positive ripple effect on the world that some of it will come back to you one way or another, and it will get better.

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