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Do You Have An Attitude of Self Care?

“Self-Care is the attitude and action that contributes to our happiness, balance, and well-being.”

The Day Class at Cohutta Healing Art Institute’s School of Massage has recently been discussing and learning How to Suggest Client Self-Care. CHAI students now know more about giving recommendations to their clients and are able to suggest stretches, exercises, home treatments and more for clients to do at home, in addition to returning for future sessions.

How do you think of self-care?

What actions and attitudes would you consider as self-care? When you think of self-care, does massage therapy come to mind?

Many people think of massage as an indulgence or luxury. However, more and more, clients are understanding just how closely linked massage can be to personal health and well-being. Massage is often considered self-care in and of itself, with benefits such as increasing relaxation, decreasing stress, relieving tense muscles, and more. It is likely that, regardless of your wants, needs or goals, massage therapy can assist you in obtaining your personal objectives for health and well-being.

The actions you take prior to and after your session(s) can be counted as self-care and have the high potential of complimenting and/or enhancing the benefits gained from your massage treatments. Whether you receive massage therapy to relax, for therapeutic reasons, or a combination of both, there is a wide array of self-care strategies to help you get the most out of your session(s).

How is Self-Care Related to Massage?

  • Prolongs Massage Benefits. The self-care that you apply at home can prolong and/or compliment and even enhance the benefits acquired from massage. For example, by incorporating isolated stretches into your daily routine, or through regular deep-breathing exercises and meditation, you can increase the stress-relieving benefits of a Swedish massage and prolong the reduced tension and reduced tightness resulting from a therapeutic massage.
  • Provides Client Education. A massage therapists may suggest appropriate self-care to assist their client in understanding what may be going in within their body (specifically the muscles and tissues), and what actions they may be able to take after their session to increase or prolong the effects of their treatment.
  • Enables Empowerment/Ownership over your own Health and Well-being. The suggestions provided for self-care in conjunction with your massage therapy session(s) enables you as the client to take action in the course of meeting the goals you have set for yourself. You get to decide what steps you want and need to take in order to reach your objectives, with the added benefit of your massage provider’s suggestions. You’re in control!

Our students can now assist clients in meeting treatment goals by recommending appropriate self-care based on the information they gather pre-session and by the visual assessment and findings procured during a session.

For more information about the benefits of massage, becoming a massage therapist, or receiving massage and bodywork, visit: www.CohuttaHealingArts.com or call 855-515-2424.

Written by Leslie Byrd LMT, CHAI graduate & contributing author to the CHAI Massage Blog