Getting trained and certified to work as a registered massage therapist can provide you with a career that is rewarding on many levels but also physically demanding. Because of this, it's important that you schedule massages for yourself regularly. Many massage therapists take care of themselves in this manner—after all, they know the many benefits of this type of therapy. It's handy to partner up with another massage professional and get together regularly to treat each other. Here are some areas that will likely be sore and that you'll want to have treated.
Your shoulders are almost constantly in use when you're giving a massage, and that means that your deltoid muscles can become tight and sore over time. You don't want to develop a repetitive-strain injury to either shoulder, as this would dramatically impede your ability to work for a period of time. Your massage therapist can work on both shoulders to loosen up the muscle fibers and keep this part of your body healthy so that you can continue to work without discomfort.
People may not think of their calves when they consider the muscles that can get sore while performing a massage, but your calf muscles—the gastrocnemius and the soleus—will definitely get sore through your work. This is because you're constantly standing and often leaning forward as you bend over your massage table to work on a client. In this motion, the calf muscles will lengthen and tighten. Sore calves can make every minute that you stand feel uncomfortable, but your massage therapist will concentrate on these muscles to loosen them up and reduce this discomfort.
The wrist flexors in your inner forearms are muscles that will definitely need regular attention after you've begun to work as a massage therapist. These muscles are engaged when you move your wrists and fingers, which is something that occurs countless times over the course of treating a single client, much less over a day full of giving massages. These muscles will get tight in short order; if you run your fingers along them, you'll often be able to identify some discomfort. Instead of attempting to treat these muscles yourself, which is technically possible, it's nice to schedule your own massage appointment so that you can truly relax while another trained professional provides you with the type of care that you administer daily to your own clients.
Contact a company such as Wellness54 to set up an appointment.