A Home-Study Course in Body Mechanics Can Improve Therapists' Health, MASSAGE MagazineIf you’re not healthy, how do you expect to care for your clients?

A massage therapist’s body is a professional tool that needs to be protected against the rigors of daily life–something that is often ignored. But a massage home-study course could be a solution.

Massage therapy is extremely physical, and fatigue can lead to injury. Massage schools, while they have improved in recent years, don’t often teach the maintenance of a therapist’s professional health.

An Internet search revealed numerous results in home-study courses any massage therapist can take to help alleviate these risks.

A massage therapist should be able to provide between four to five massages a day, five days a week, without experiencing excessive fatigue or pain, according to industry experts. Extreme fatigue following a day of providing massage may be caused by poor body mechanics.

And although you might not feel it yet, poor body mechanics can still lead to career-threatening injuries. As you age, the symptoms can intensify.

By taking a home-study course in body mechanics, you can easily safeguard yourself from these injuries and make yourself a more effective therapist. Body mechanics courses often will count toward your continuing education requirements.

A course in body mechanics can teach you how to best use your arms and hands to provide a high-quality massage without stress or injury. Many courses will also focus on posture, stance and body alignment that will help improve your stamina.

Make sure you check with your national and state licensing bodies to make sure the courses you select are acceptable for continuing education credits.