Between the pressures of everyday life and the physical demands of your massage work, you can find yourself feeling physically tense and emotionally drained.

You should be aware that the resulting muscular tension and fatigue are both risk factors for injury; anxiety and emotional stress are also highly associated with musculoskeletal disorders.

It’s important to find ways to relieve pressure, calm anxiety and reduce physical tension so you can find the balance and energy necessary to do your work safely.

Exercise, yoga, meditation, listening to music, taking a walk in nature, practicing hobbies, playing with your dog or cat, or just spending time with a loved one are all great ways to relax and recharge.

By invoking your body’s relaxation response, you’ll experience a number of health benefits, including reduced muscle tension, lowered blood pressure and improved immune system functioning.

All of these will help your body’s ability to heal while also improving your emotional well-being.

And of course, don’t forget another effective way to induce the relaxation response: get a massage!

Save Your Hands, MASSAGE MagazineReproduced with permission from Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, Second Edition , C.E.A.S., and Richard W. Goggins, C.P.E., L.M.P., © 2008 Gilded Age Press. For more information, visit www.saveyourhands.com. Read their blog here.