Most of us worry about the burnout syndrome - we have good reasons to worry and we should continue to find ways to avoid such condition. But this is not the only enemy out there to the wellbeing of massage therapists; in the top list, just behind burnout, you’ll find another dangerous condition: boredom.
Boredom, unlike burnout, tends to be overlooked. Why this is the case, I can only think that boredom is linked more to the psyche rather than the body, therefore it is believed to have little, if none, impact on the physical delivery of the massage.
This belief could not be more wrong.
Boredom is the lack of interest, dedication and commitment. It is the never ending repetition of action that doesn’t involve creativity nor thought. Boredom means to be rather than being. Our mind is the first to be affected by such a powerful beast, yet, at some point, our body will reflect it too.
A great therapist can be so only when fully involved in what he/she does. This means not only having advanced skills and techniques but also being able to rely on the passion for the profession, desire to learn and a strong mind.
A therapist is, first of all, a human being. And as a human being, he/she takes the responsibility to create a very intimate connection with his/her client - through this intimate connection, the power of touch, a powerful, healing, experience is delivered.
The success of such experience depends solely on the strengths of the therapist/human being. It is therefore so important that the mind and soul of the therapist are nurtured and allowed to develop as much as his/her professional skills.
Your therapist (and the human being) is your spa’s biggest asset. When boredom takes hold of him/her, you must take immediate action. I myself make sure my therapists are constantly encouraged to go beyond their comfort zone, challenge their boundaries and look for what makes them happy, in and outside of work. In this way, they are kept motivated and curious. It’s not just about what kind of massage they can deliver, but how they will deliver it.