Thank you so much for asking!
We get this question all the time and don’t worry, we are good. We make sure we look after ourselves so you get the best treatment possible regardless if it’s first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
Being protective over our joints is something we are very strict about at Fire & Earth, without it we won’t last long so we drill it into all our therapists from day one to be careful with how we use our bodies. That being said in the early days you can’t really get away from the fact that you will ache in places you didn’t think you would! The amount of squatting and lunging that goes on makes you feel like you’e just done a body pump class without the weights, bonus!
You can also feel quite tired at first as you get used to the physical and emotional nature of the role, we love our clients so want to give them the best possible service, but you also need to protect yourself from taking on too much. This is where the support of the team is crucial to being a successful, happy therapist.
When it comes to our hands we make sure we ‘re-enforce’ our joints, meaning we support our thumbs and fingers with the opposite thumb or finger, to give stability and strength. We would never use these smaller tools on large muscle groups like hamstrings or quadriceps during deep work but rather use our forearms, elbows or palms.
Another strategy to reduce wear and tear on our joints is to limit the number of clients we see in a day. Each therapist is different but the magic number tends to be 7 treatments per day for sustainability and quality.
So next time you are wondering, don’t worry we have got it covered, looking after ourselves means we can look after you even better!