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Elliemare wrote:A friend of mine went through the same thing, only to find out it was Lyme disease all this time. Who knows?
Maybe you could start by asking yourself if there a reason why you have an aversion to speaking with a professional about it.
Elliemare wrote: I do think my heart is no longer in massage. At least not to the extent it used to be. Maybe it could be a very part-time job for me in the future. It can't be my focus anymore. I think if I set some goals, and plan to move forward into something new, I can cope with my current situation a little better, rather than feeling stuck in one place forever.
Do you know how you plan to accomplish moving toward providing massage on a minimal and part-time basis? Since you aren't averse to speaking with someone, possibly that could be your opening question. Just thinking out loud.
Its clear I haven't been diligent in preventing burnout.I also located an interesting article on burn-out. http://www.healthpositive.com/blog/2009 ... y-burnout/
pueppi wrote:I look forward to what you have to say!
Elliemare wrote: That's really all I'll need if I intend to do the occasional friend or family massage in the future or if I decide to get back into it again some day.
Elliemare wrote:I don't dislike being a massage therapist. I enjoy the work very much...
Or volunteer my services to worthy causes rather than try to make a living at it?
recently downsized some of my massage supplies as well. I work full time as an employee at a day spa... and have for nearly 5 years. I finally realized there would be no way I could do 8 massages in a day on my day off from the spa and gave them to a friend in private practice who was very grateful to have some gently used sheets! (In the past I have donated some of my old but nice sheets to a friend who was currently in MT school.) And of course, there is always the humane society, ours is always looking for linens & things for the care and comfort of the animals there.
I think that still having some equipment to work on friends or family sounds like a good idea, and as you mentioned you enjoy doing massage and may want to do some volunteer work in the future. I really think that would be a wonderful idea, as you might still be able to do minimal amount of massage... perhaps enough should you want to keep your national certification up, etc. I think you will be much happier if you're able to give from the heart, rather than having to give for a living. If you know what I mean...
I will be keeping up my certification and my state license, I already have a good amount of CEU's under my belt. I worked too long and hard to let those expire, plus PA just passed the licensing law and we waited so long for that to go through I can't let it expire any time soon. I think I will be happier giving from the heart. I always knew since day one that the business end of things sort of took the joy out of the work for me. That is why I always preferred employment to self-employment. However, its really tough to work directly for a spa owner. Its hard to set boundaries. When they ask you to stay late and work on one more client, its hard to say no since its not just lost income for me, its their livelihood too.
Elliemare wrote:I just registered for Nurse Aide training too. I'm not saying that it is what I want to do for a living, but its inexpensive and its education... so why not! Who knows where it could lead? Maybe I'll end up in a hospice job where I could volunteer to do massage once in a while too?? I guess I'll just wait and see where it takes me!
Elliemare wrote:Maybe I'll end up in a hospice job where I could volunteer to do massage once in a while too?? I guess I'll just wait and see where it takes me!
I will say that CNAs are usually in demand as far as employment goes. But it is very hard work IMO, both physically and emotionally.
I hope it works out well for you and that you enjoy the work very much. (Hopefully using both your new CNA & old MT training.)
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