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MAY | JUNE 2017

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C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 51 do a yoga pose, or anything else you need to regroup and reground yourself. You sometimes compromise your boundaries in order to fill your appointment book. We all understand the desire to help clients (and an urgency to pay the rent), so there's a good chance a number of massage therapists might say they've neglected a self-care boundary or two throughout their careers to squeeze in that last-minute client (even though they're exhausted), or booked some overly long days to accommodate clients' schedules. It's not always easy to turn clients away, but healthy scheduling always proves best for both client and therapist. You sometimes compromise body mechanics in order to help clients. Have you taxed your body to the point of pain in an attempt to "fix" a client who wasn't finding relief? Compromising proper body mechanics is never a good idea. Make smart choices and maintain good physical boundaries. Proper ergonomics isn't something that can be neglected if you want a healthy practice. No matter where you fall on the self- care spectrum, use the following pages as inspiration for new ways to stay in the game. Don't let the most important thing you can do for your career be the last thing on the to-do list. Reinvigorate your self-care routine today. It's the number one thing you can do to prolong your career. Note 1. Entry-Level Analysis Project, "Final Report," accessed March 2017, www.elapmassage. org/_files/ELAP_FinalReport.pdf. Karrie Osborn is senior editor at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Contact her at karrie@abmp.com.

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