Firefighters and Teachers are STRESSED

Posted on August 24th, 2012 by Shari´ Parks

What a rewarding week!

I’ve had the pleasure of providing massage therapy to, in my opinion, two of the hardest working professions! Teachers and Firefighters.

I found many similarities in these professions. Both are physically demanding and mentally stressful; leaving the body and mind depleted at the end of the day.

Another commonality is that stress is held in these four locations:

* top of shoulders (upper trapezius)
* between the shoulder blades
* neck
* mid to lower back

Frequent massage, monthly or sooner, can:

* reduce muscular tension and stress
* bring a sense of mental well being and relaxation

I found when massaging this population deep tissue was the preferred pressure. Stretches to the limbs were also necessary to lengthen shortened muscles.

Thank you firefighters and public school teachers for all that you do!

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