Beata Aleksandrowicz Top Tips for Therapists - How to look after your body
Beata Aleksandrowicz is an acclaimed expert on massage and healing and the creator of Pure Massage Spa Training Method. In 2002 Beata founded Pure Massage, the first company in London dedicated solely to massage with training techniques based on Twelve Principles of Massage™ created and developed by Beata. Her company became synonymous of the highest quality in massage with a team of highly skilled therapists, developing the style of massage recognised by the press and acknowledged by clients as best available on the market.
Beata is the author of books on massage, translated in several languages and published worldwide by Duncan Baird. She is a former columnist for The Sunday Telegraph, Stella Magazine and main co-author of the Massage Guide created by The Guardian Magazine. She regularly appears as an expert for publications like Spa Business, European Spa Magazine or Professional Spa@Wellness, giving interviews on BBC radio and contributing to several on line trade publications. She is currently serving on the Mental Wellness Initiative for the The Global Wellness Institute and is one of the judges for the World Spa & Wellness Award.
Pure Massage Spa Training Method® is a result of Beata’s ongoing passion and dedication to change the perception of massage and base on her strong belief that massage has to be personalised and go beyond pampering and beauty. Beata’s ground-breaking approach in training techniques provide therapists not only with highly effective and injury free massage, communication skills and self care routines but also - essential in their profession - life coaching. As a result it gives therapists a deep understanding of their role as an active advisor rather than a passive provider.
We are privileged therefore that Beata has taken the time to share some valuable advice for Therapists. The first of three blogs starts with how to look after your body as a Therapist.
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Your body is your tool. Like a dancer or an athlete, you depend on your body, your health and your wellbeing.
Your work is quite physical, and this must be acknowledged, hence you need to prepare your body to be physically prepared for the demanding work it will be required to do throughout a shift.
First and most importantly - Stretch! Make sure that your muscles, joints and ligaments are ready. I can’t emphasise this enough. The work you do in the treatment room is physically (and mentally) strenuous. Your body is your tool and it needs to be warm, flexible and nimble. Do this stretching before you start your shift. Include stretches that will open your shoulder blades, hips, and lower back. You will be surprised what a big difference this will make.
You will need to stretch between your treatments as well. Do not think that only massage therapists need to stretch! If you do many manicures staying in the same position all the time, you will put too much pressure on your skeletal and muscular systems. You need to move as well – again, stretching, walking and moving to balance the effects of being in a single focused position all day.
Next is a breath! Give yourself oxygen. Your muscles need it, your brain needs it, every organ in the body needs it, your entire body depends on it.
Take few conscious breaths between every treatment. It will reset your mind as well and bring you to the present moment.
Makes sure that you have correct posture while working. Adjust your stool or chair or massage table accordingly, so you don't twist or overstretch your body. Use the power from your whole body, massage doesn’t just come from the arms alone.
Eat well. You need fuel. Sugar and potatoes crisps washed with the gulp of coca cola won’t give you that. Have a healthy mix of fruits and vegetables with some carbs and protein. It’s should be a fine balance – and not just junk food.
Sleep. We do need 6-8 hours night rest in order to be able to perform on a high level. Ideally being in bed by around 10.30pm. Check your bedroom, declutter, avoid electronics for about an hour before bed, keep your room fresh and ventilated. These are simple rules but will make a difference.
To learn more about Beata and Pure Massage visit www.puremassage.com