by Jane McClurg 6th April 2017
Teachers are some of our most regular clients and it’s not hard to see why. Inspiring our future generations can be exhausting work ...I know I’m exhausted after a day at home with my 3 year old! I’m always so in awe of the day-care teachers when I pick my son up from day-care. Then of course the teachers of older children from primary, intermediate and college who have a huge task daily in managing larger and larger classroom sizes, variety of behaviours at the same time as being creative and inspiring.
Then there is the marking in the “holidays” and the after school activities and other school events such as fundraising....so they are constantly giving, giving, giving!
Sometimes when you are really good at giving, receiving is difficult...but a
good place to start is by receiving a massage as it can really help reduce stress levels and return feelings of well-being.
Best bits of massage for teachers
As Nick Halsman-Smith from the Nurturing Schools Network says “Teachers need to acknowledge the impact of their wellbeing on pupils and prioritise setting time aside for themselves, without feeling guilty. When you are on an aeroplane, flight attendants instruct travellers to put on their own oxygen mask before helping others in an emergency, and this analogy is applicable to teacher wellbeing.”
So many of us these days put others first when we should be taking care of ourselves so we can look after those we care about and those we teach in a better more positive way.
Massage is a fantastic tool for this as it is scheduled time-out for you and at the same time it can also help to reduce any physical pain as well as restore your energy reserves.
So share this if you know a teacher...they will thank you for it!