The intention of every hairdresser I have ever met, and I have seen several in my massage practice over the years, is to make their clients look beautiful, to help them feel better about themselves and to improve their self-confidence.
But this quest does not come without a price. Hairdressing is a demanding job for the stylist as well as everyone else on the salon team.
To achieve their maximum potential as employees and experience life joyfully, stylists have to look after themselves and develop simple, sustainable wellness practices.
Are you a hair stylist and you are not sure how to do that? I have a few ideas ...
And so the new year has kicked off!
Can you believe it is just a month ago that we were rushed off our feet trying to finish a hundred and one things before going on leave?
Can you remember how our tempers flared and our relationships unraveled as our nervous systems were run ragged?
How we kept saying to ourselves to hold on and to keep going until suddenly it was holiday time and we could switch off!
And then just as abruptly it was all over and we are back on the hamster wheel and the whole cycle starts again.
But what if I told you we get it the wrong way round every year?
To improve our health and wellness we have got to take action.
But the last thing we need is to add yet another chore to our daily to-do list.
So here are a few ways to gently introduce wellness into your workplace and your life.
Let’s walk and talk, my friend and business coach, Karon Wiercx suggested the other day as we were making our next appointment.
Until then we have always sat down as we chatted and worked through the Consciousness Coaching protocol she uses.
But Karon had this idea to combine coaching and walking.
Every year since 20 March 2012, the world has been commemorating International Day of Happiness.
20 March also happens to be my best friend Lynette’s birthday, an event the two of us have celebrated since 1968!
And I can tell you with no doubt in my mind that our friendship has greatly contributed to my own happiness ever since that day during our first year at school, when she allowed me to use her peacock blue and mauve crayons for my drawing.
But what is this thing, happiness, really? And how is happiness related to health and wellness?
Flip-flops, thongs, plakkies, slops - synonymous with summer, sun and sea.
But these no-heel-strap sandals have become the daily footwear choice for many for its comfort and convenience. many people spend the entire day in flip-flops even wearing it to work.
But that is not the full story. Comfortable and convenient yes, but there is a distinct dark side to wearing flip-flops for long periods.
Read here to see what it can do to posture, muscles and walking patterns.
For my clients the decision by a major South African medical scheme to reimburse members for massage, is a bonus.
For me however, it is another step towards my vision for therapeutic massage in South Africa, a dream that has required great effort and tenacity bordering on plain old pigheaded-ness.
This is but one small step towards incorporating massage into the primary healthcare system, but I want to congratulate my colleagues at Massage Therapy Association of South Africa (MTASA) who had negotiated it.
I am very, very grateful to them.
Find out here how you can benefit from this new development in the massage profession.
If you want to reach new heights in your company this year, invest in the one resource you cannot replace – YOU.
Make workplace wellness your business even if, or in particular if, you are the only person in the business.
Here is how solopreneurs and micro business owners can improve the business bottom-line by improving your own health and wellness.
As a massage therapist I am both blessed and humbled by the opportunity I experience daily to touch people’s lives including those living with HIV and Aids.
But besides supporting survivors on a purely benevolent and emotional level, massage also influences body-mind processes as well as their immune systems.
Low levels of productivity and efficiency can threaten the sustainability and survival of your business.
One way of dealing with it is to increase productivity which should help your company’s revenue to grow.
But here is another: massage can improve your business’ bottom-line:
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!