Elements massage therapists from around the country discuss what makes being a massage therapist especially challenging:
"The stress that we can put on ourselves as therapists to make sure we are growing, learning and applying what we've learned on our clients."
"For me, the hardest part is making sure I keep a safe emotional distance from clients only because I must stay objective to treat them the best I can."
"For me, one of the most difficult parts of being a therapist is confidence: in my skills, in my approach -- is it the best for my client on that day? -- and in my ability to facilitate progress in my client. Luckily for me, I work within the Elements organization and use my training to seek feedback from my clients before, during and after each session. That feedback makes me a better therapist each and every day."
"The hardest part about being a massage therapist is listening to your own advice and taking care of your own body. No matter how many times I tell my clients to drink plenty of water and make sure to stretch it always seems to be the last thing on my mind. So I feel like the hardest part about being a LMT is maintaining your own health and wellness while still taking care of your clients' needs."
"The toughest part about being a massage therapist is that I want to have more time with my clients so I can help them. I also do not take time out for me, but I am getting better with this."
"While it is such a blessing to be able to help clients with their tension and stress, even while practicing good body mechanics I find I have sore hands, wrists and back issues often."