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Self-Care for Massage Therapists

Massage therapists’ hands are powerful tools for healing. But without special care, they might need healing too. Licensed massage therapist Morgan Rachel Deale will offer a self-care class, Save Your Hands: Injury Prevention for Massage Therapists, on September 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Breathe Yoga Scenic, located at 3101 East Cervantes Street in Pensacola. 

Deale is a certified injury prevention instructor with Save Your Hands! and a specialist in structural integration, Thai-yoga, bodywork and craniosacral therapy.

“Injury prevention is an under-taught topic in both massage schools and continuing education courses,” she says. “The Save Your Hands! curriculum is a well-rounded approach to self-care for LMTs, including not only training in proper body mechanics and ergonomics, but also helping therapists identify their personal risk factors and what they’re doing, both in and out of the office, that will lead to an increased chance of injury.” 

Open to massage therapy students and professionals, the class offers hands-on practice in techniques that help prevent musculoskeletal injury, reduce fatigue and extend one’s career. Therapists should bring supplies they use in their daily practice, such as a massage table, a mat, a chair, sheets, oils and lotions.

The $190 cost includes a second edition Save Your Hands! textbook, and students will leave with injury prevention tips, a strong understanding of ergonomics and a self-care plan. Current Florida massage therapists will receive eight hours of hands-on continuing education units. 

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