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Avoiding RMT Burnout

Registered massage therapist showing signs of on the job burnout

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) can experience burnout due to the physical demands of their job, along with the emotional demands of providing care for clients. Here are five ways RMTs can avoid job burnout:

  1. Self-care: RMTs should prioritize their own self-care, including stretching, regular exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough rest. Engaging in hobbies or activities they enjoy can also be helpful in preventing burnout.

  2. Ergonomics: RMTs should ensure that their work environment is ergonomically designed to reduce the physical strain of their job. This can include using proper body mechanics, maintaining good posture, and using equipment such as massage tables and chairs that are designed to reduce physical strain.

  3. Boundaries: RMTs should establish clear boundaries with clients, such as setting limits on session length or the number of appointments they schedule in a day. They should also take breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge.

  4. Continuing education: RMTs should continue to learn and stay up-to-date with new massage techniques and modalities. This can help them stay motivated and engaged in their work, while also providing opportunities to expand their skills and knowledge.

  5. Peer support: Talking to other RMTs or healthcare professionals can provide opportunities for support and guidance. This can help RMTs feel less isolated and provide an outlet to discuss any concerns or challenges they may be experiencing.

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