Getting into fitness can mean so many different things to so many different people. For example, one man’s idea of making a foray into fitness may simply mean taking steps to achieve consistent, rejuvenating sleep. On the other hand, someone else may have a more mainstream view of fitness and consider joining a gym to be the first step in a get-fit direction.
For the purposes of this article, we will focus on what fitness may mean to a specific portion of the population: professional massage therapists and bodyworkers. We also will touch upon the ways in which fitness may affect or become a part of the professional massage or bodywork practice. To begin with, it is important to remember that providing massage therapy or bodywork on a regular basis is physically demanding.
The reason this is important to keep in mind is because the practitioner needs to realize she is using her body and physical energy on a daily basis in order to make an income through providing massage therapy or bodywork. This, in turn, means that if one’s body or physical energy declines to a certain point, then booking session may cease to be an option. Obviously, this is the burn-out point that every practitioner wants to avoid.
Therefore, fitness tends to take on even greater importance in the lives of professional massage therapists and bodyworkers than in the lives of other people who may make their living in a way that does not involve the body and physical energy. In other words, for touch therapists, fitness may be not only about increased health and well-being, but also about career longevity and the ability to bring in an income.
Of course, just like other members of the population, fitness will tend to mean different things depending on the massage therapist or bodyworker you ask. For example, one practitioner may find he feels refreshed and ready for a day filled with appointments as long as he gets in his morning swim and stretch session. For another practitioner, doing resistance training and cardio exercises three times a week may be the perfect formula for staying strong and energized during each work day.
If you are unsure what form of fitness will bring the best benefits to you and your massage or bodywork practice, then a bit of reflection and experimentation may be in order. For instance, if your shoulders and biceps feel too weak to perform techniques properly after a long day of appointments, you may want to see if you can come up with a weight-training routine that will build your strength in these areas.
On the other hand, you may find that stretching is the form of fitness you most need to implement in order to feel strong and capable even on those long days of back-to-back sessions. The key here is to simply explore the many facets of fitness to find what works best for you and your massage therapy or bodywork practice.