Self-Care Tips for Massage Therapists: Avoiding Burnout

Massage therapists play a crucial role in promoting the well-being of their clients, but it’s essential for them to prioritize their own self-care to prevent burnout. Here are some self-care tips for massage therapists:

Regular Massage Sessions:

Schedule regular massages for yourself to experience the benefits and relaxation that you provide to your clients. When was the last time you had a massage? If you can’t remember, then you definitely need to book one in! Maybe you could arrange to do a massage swap with another local massage therapist – then you both benefit!

Balanced Schedule:

Avoid overbooking and maintain a balanced schedule to prevent physical and mental exhaustion. Allow time between sessions to recharge. Know your daily limit for taking on clients and if you get enquiries when you are already full, then refer the client to another trusted therapist, and ask them to do the same for you, that way you can help each other out during the really busy periods. Have a look on our Find a Practitioner Listing. This listing contains practitioners who have graduated from The College of Classical Massage, who have set up in practice and who wish to be contacted regarding massage and any other therapy they may offer.

Ergonomic Workspace:

Ensure your workspace is ergonomically sound to prevent strain on your body. Invest in a comfortable and supportive massage table and use proper body mechanics during sessions. If you are experiencing pain and strain then it is worth enrolling on relevant workshops that address this. We run a 1 day Deep Tissue Massage Workshop in Brighton and Bath where you will learn deeper massage techniques to use on clients while taking the pressure off using your hands, fingers and thumbs, therefore prolonging your massage career. Details on all our courses and workshops can be found here.

Physical Exercise:

Engage in regular physical exercise to maintain strength, flexibility, and overall health. This can help prevent injuries and reduce stress. Getting out in the fresh air for a daily walk is the perfect exercise to do on a regular basis.

Mindfulness and Meditation:

Incorporate mindfulness techniques and meditation into your daily routine to manage stress and promote mental well-being.

Continuing Education:

Stay updated with the latest massage techniques and attend workshops or courses to keep your skills fresh and prevent monotony. We run regular workshops for qualified massage therapists and encourage our past students to continually develop their skills.

Set Boundaries:

Clearly communicate your professional boundaries to clients. Make sure to take breaks and avoid excessive work hours to prevent burnout.

Variety in Techniques:

Incorporate a variety of massage techniques into your practice to prevent repetitive strain. This can also make your work more interesting and dynamic. Consider training in Chair Massage, a popular treatment for clients that can be taken into the workplace or enjoyed at festivals.

Social Support:

Connect with other massage therapists or healthcare professionals to share experiences and provide mutual support. Having a support system can be invaluable. Keep in touch with past students on your course and meet up with local therapists in your area at any networking events.

Healthy Lifestyle:

Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious meals, staying hydrated, and getting adequate sleep. A well-nourished body and mind are better equipped to handle stress.

Hobbies and Leisure Activities:

Engage in hobbies and activities outside of work to help you relax and unwind. This can be anything from reading to gardening, providing a healthy balance to your life.

Regular Breaks:

Take short breaks between sessions to stretch, move around, and reset your mind. This can help prevent physical and mental fatigue. You may need to schedule regular lunch breaks and short breaks into your calendar to ensure that appointments are booked accordingly.


Regularly reflect on your career and personal goals. Assess your job satisfaction and make adjustments as needed to ensure a fulfilling and sustainable career.

Professional Support:

Consider seeking professional support from a counsellor or therapist if you find yourself struggling with stress, anxiety, or burnout.

Remember, self-care is not a luxury but a necessity, and by taking care of yourself, using the above self-care tips, you’ll be better equipped to provide quality care to your clients!

Do check out our YouTube channel. We have plenty of massage videos to support your practice and inspire you with new techniques and ideas!

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