The more often a person does a specific task or activity, the easier it may be to drift off or pay less attention, as the task or activity becomes rather rote. Examples of daily actions that might have become mechanical include taking a shower, making the bed and brewing up a pot of coffee in the morning. Unfortunately, the drawbacks of repetition can become apparent in our work lives as well.
For professional massage therapists and bodyworkers, there is the danger of taking away from the client’s experience if you are not fully present during the session of hands-on therapy. Obviously, this can be a big drawback from your business if it becomes a habit.
There are also other ways that this type of rote performance can affect your practice. When you are “spacing out” during your workday, you can easily miss out on gathering information that could boost and refine your business. A great example of this is when a professional massage therapist or bodyworker stops checking to make sure his or her tools of the trade are still doing the trick.
One such tool of the trade is your massage cream. If you found a massage cream you truly liked a while back, you may have decided, whether consciously or subconsciously, that you could now stop thinking about the traits and performance of your massage cream. However, the successful massage therapist or bodyworker should be aware of how well a massage cream works across the board, throughout a long period of time.
For instance, if you make it a point to pay attention to the details of each session, you might notice that you find yourself using a large quantity of massage cream. This could be due to several different reasons, such as a move toward using more longer, lighter and gliding strokes.
Regardless of the reason, if you were to recognize that you are using what seems like large quantities of your massage cream in order to perform each technique as you wish, then that observation could guide you on a search for a new massage cream that could perform more efficiently.
Being committed to staying mentally present in the session room, and catching yourself whenever you begin to go into rote mode, can also help you tune in to other factors related to your current massage cream. As you pay more attention, you may find that a large number of your clients could benefit from a massage cream that contains pain-relieving ingredients, such as menthol or Arnica montana, or from a massage cream that contains essential oils reported to induce a sense of calm and relaxation.
Make a point of staying mentally present and mindful of what is happening in your session room, including the long-term value and performance of your massage cream. It is all too easy to get into a rut when it comes to massage cream and forget that your own needs and the needs of your clients may change over time.