Happy, Healthy Holidays from Board Chair, Dr. Leena Guptha
My how time flies! I can hardly believe 2015 is drawing to a close, and 2016 will soon be upon us. As I reflect on all our activities throughout the year, I am reminded just how important it is to remain both happy and healthy throughout the holiday season—a lifestyle that would be incomplete without massage therapy!
Throughout this blog, I will share some helpful tips to avoiding excess holiday stress, list important Self-Care tips for all of us (whether Board Certified Massage Therapists, clients, colleagues, family and/or friends), and reflect on the successes of 2015 for the massage therapy profession at large.
The Importance of Massage Therapy During the Holidays
With the hustle-bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to watch your free time fill up quickly. With that said, it is also easy to find a reason to reschedule your regular massage therapy session, or perhaps forget about it entirely. While it is completely understandable that plans and priorities may change throughout the holiday season, maintaining a regular massage therapy schedule may be just the ticket to ensuring a happy and healthy holiday season for you in mind, body, and spirit!
Benefits of Receiving Massage Therapy During the Holidays:
- Reducing that holiday stress
- Releasing those physical tension areas we all know too well
- Invigorating your mind
- Replenishing your spirit
- Allowing you some quiet time to be at peace with yourself
There is no better time than the holidays to treat yourself to additional spa treatments. This is a great time of year to take advantage of package deals! Ask your Board Certified Massage Therapist what specials or promotions might be available.
Do you know someone else in your life that could benefit from massage therapy? Spread the joy of the season with a friend or family member! Many Board Certified Massage Therapists offer gift certificates for purchase (an ideal holiday gift for that special someone!). You can also share the NCBTMB’s “Find a Board Certified Therapist” application at www.ncbtmb.org to find a high-quality, dedicated therapist near you.
Include Self-Care on Your List of To-Do’s
Whether you are a Board Certified Massage Therapist or an entry-level, licensed therapist just starting out, it’s important to take care of yourself, too. Your health undoubtedly affects your clients, and, ultimately, your business. With that said, Self-Care is key to ensuring you will safely take on the demand of the season (and enjoy every moment)!
Key Self-Care Tips During the Holidays:
- Meditation with your favorite relaxing music
- Practicing proper breathing techniques
- Practicing good body mechanics (keeping the spine long and tall)
- Restorative Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong
- Keeping hydrated with plenty of water and fluids
- Treat yourself to a massage from a fellow Board Certified Massage Therapist
- Maintain a realistic schedule (it is easy to overbook with all the priorities of the season)
While the above tips are geared toward massage therapists, these are undoubtedly great guidelines for massage therapy clients, as well, to embrace during the busy holiday season. Together, we can all end 2015 on a positive, happy, and healthy note.
A Health and Wellness Approach to 2016
This time of year not only provides us the opportunity to reflect on the year gone by, but dream of our envisioned future. DREAM BIG, I always say!
My dream is to see that our massage therapy profession mirrors all the cornerstones of health and wellness professions. Typically, those are outstanding education, accreditation, research, entry-level training, career path development, teacher training, continued education in specialties, etc. I personally know many massage therapists who have furthered themselves through graduating with a Bachelors, Masters, and, in a few cases, Doctoral degrees this very year! I myself am the eternal student, and planning to return back to college soon. Continuing to advance our education and elevating ourselves with other health and wellness professionals, understanding the nuances of inter-professional communication, and integrating are all parts in gaining greater recognition and respect—and, ultimately, positively impacting society at large.
If I had a magic wand, our massage therapy profession and all the stakeholders would work together to exhibit the highest level of professional cornerstones by transforming the landscape through education. Furthering the employment demand not only for Board Certified Massage Therapists (as Google, Mayo Clinic, and now the trend of larger Spas raising their standards has), but to be on par with all the health and wellness professions as a community recognized for our education, training, and specialization. The responsibility lies within all of our stakeholders—and all of us as massage therapists—to rise up and be part of this transformation.
With that in mind, your National Certification Board is looking carefully at a three to five year strategic plan—further meeting the needs of the profession, creating opportunities for advancement to serve therapists and clients alike, and supporting the sustainability, growth, and the next evolution of our profession.
We at NCBTMB would love to hear from you, whether you are a massage therapist, client, family, friend, colleague, or peer, in how we can serve you better. Connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-296-0664.
To check out all of NCBTMB’s exciting 2015 accomplishments, click here.
Wishing you all Happy, Healthy Holidays.
This blog was written by:
Dr. Leena S. Guptha
D.O., MBA, BCTMB