Earthlite shared a great post last month about Winding Down. It's so important (in any profession, really), but with the high rate of burnout in the massage field, I think it's especially important to make sure that we are really taking this time for ourselves at the end of our day.
So I thought I'd add a few things to Earthlite's great suggestions:
- Soak in a hot tub. (I'm a big fan of this in the winter time here in Michigan. Bonus? You can totally count this as "outdoor time" which can be hard to come by in any other form on those blustery days!)
- Get some exercise.
While it doesn't seem like winding down... walking the dog (Iggy's favorite), taking a leisurely bike ride, or really pounding out the pavement with a run can do wonders for the soul.
- Yoga or Tai Chi.
I suppose this could fall under "exercise", but it's a different kind of connection with your own body. And what better way to really disconnect from your clients and reconnect with yourself at the end of the day?
- Play in the dirt.
Ground yourself with some garden therapy.
- Play with your kids, pets, etc. (It's so easy to forget how to play as adults!)
I know a therapist who worked in Hawaii and swore by the recharging powers of swimming in the ocean after a long day of doing massage in a dark room. This would certainly be my choice if I had it available!
What are your favorite ways to wind down at the end of a long massage day?