I’ve been a Massage Therapist for a number of years now and what Im about to share with you is something I learned early in my studies to become a Remedial Therapist.
That is; Check your clients Occupation.
It is one of the first things I look at when assessing a client form. Why? Because knowing what you are doing with your body for 40 odd hours a week gives me great insight to where I may find tension in your muscles. Now of course there are many other factors involved that could influence your posture and muscle health, but generally speaking, this one piece of information will tell me right where to go before Ive even laid a finger on you.
A butcher who stands all day and wears heavy boots on concrete floors will most likely have tight hamstrings and lower back.
A receptionist or office worker sitting long days at a desk will most likely have a tight neck and shoulder region.
And the Labourer or Construction worker will almost always need the full body work over!
I’ve joked with my clients and told them to quit their jobs because those long hours and repetitive movements are painfully reflecting in their bodies. And I’m seeing it more and more. I learned about what to expect when I decided to pursue this career. And I have to say that I didn’t really think about it back then, but after years of experiencing that theory in practice and having genuine concern for my clients wellbeing; I have to say- having a healthy work/life balance is so important!
Be kind to yourself.