Walking the Walk, Not Just Talking a Talk

Posted: February 23, 2012 in Ethics, Health & Wellness, Massage Therapy
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“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons  of preaching”

Mahatma Gandhi

 

This day in age the benefits of massage have been proven more and more to help people to reduce stress, recover from injury, and overall just feel better. These simple facts help to promote myself as well as other massage therapists out there as “healthcare providers.”

Many people will come into our offices or spas to seek relief, achieve better overall well-being, and even ask for our advice on health care topics and other related subjects.  Now it’s not in our Scope of Practice to  diagnose problems,  write prescriptions, design fitness routines and so forth; we leave that to the other healthcare professionals. We are here to treat the discomfort in muscles, reduce stress, improve overall wellness and we do that by treatments, education, and leading by example.

As therapists, it is important for us to educate ourselves on the latest healthcare topics and how they can impact us all. This education will assist us,  the therapists,  in providing the best treatments for you  as well as give us knowledgeable information that you  can utilize as advice in creating the best healthcare plan for yourself.

It is in my opinion, as well as many other’s, that the best way to promote health and wellness it to exude health and wellness. How do we exude it you  may ask? Following the old adage of “Practice What You  Preach!” I don’t know about you but it’s always been difficult for me to listen to a healthcare professional talk to me about being healthy when they are overweight,  have poor eating habits, drink often, smoke, and the list could go on. This is like getting pulled over by a police officer for speeding then being issued a ticket right before he speeds off for not particular reason. There are so many other metaphors out there that we could use, but  for time we will limit it. Feel free to leave your best examples in the comment spaces below. Sorry, I digress, but to me these situations just don’t make sense and almost seem hypocritical.

I love to write about health and wellness as well as suggest simple tips to achieve these goals as well as promote my profession and skills. You can rest assured that all of these things I have at least tried and experienced or still practice on a regular basis.  Back in 2005 I decided to lead a StraightEdge lifestyle which simply means that I don’t drink, smoke, or use an unnecessary drugs. This decision was based upon the fact that if I was going to talk about and urge others to be of a healthier lifestyle, I needed to follow it myself. I stretch daily, use dynamic warm-ups before activities, get massage at least once a month, and workout at least 3 times a week. These activities help me stay at the top of my game so that I can provide the best treatment for my clients. I have been vegetarian, vegan, tried many different workouts including P90X, practiced yoga,  meditations, and so much more all in the desire to see what works best for me as well as understand them more to see what may work best for YOU!

Call it leading by example, inspiration, or whatever you will; I feel that in order to help others you have to be the best you can be first. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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