Yoga is a great way to help massage therapists and their clients. For the therapist, it helps to stretch out the strains of practicing massage and is a great self-care strategy to mitigate the impact your practice has on your
body. It also helps to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. All you need to get started is a yoga mat and a positive attitude.
Your clients can also benefit from doing a simple yoga routine. Not only will yoga stretches help to alleviate their pain, it will also help them to get the most out of their massage. They can prolong the relief that massage brings with stretching at home to reduce stress and pain.
Benefits of Yoga
Improved flexibility: Yoga poses help to stretch out muscles so you retain flexibility. This will help to improve mobility and relief any strains or tiredness in muscles.
Better breathing: Yoga encourages you to focus on your breath. This helps to bring oxygen to sore or tired muscles and it helps to relax and reduce tension.
Heart healthy: Practicing yoga reduces blood pressure and slows the heart rate while improving immune system functioning.
Improved strength and muscle tone: Yoga stretching helps to strengthen and tone muscles, especially the core which is so important for massage therapists.
Yoga is for everyone: You don’t need much to practice yoga; just a little square of floor and a Pilates/yoga mat. Yoga can be practiced by everyone, no matter how old or young.
As a massage therapists, just a couple of yoga every day will help you to stay flexible and relieve any pain. When you are consulting a client, give them one or two poses to practice that will help to alleviate their symptoms between massages.