I was talking to my friend and office mate Christina the other day about confidence and how tough it can be for new therapists to find their groove and feel good about the work they do.
Christina gave me a brilliant piece of advice and I’m passing it along to you:
When you have a great experience giving massage (or even just a pretty good one) write the details down. Use a real pen and paper and make some notes about that particular treatment. When we actually write things down our brains process and remember those bits of information differently (and better).
This technique can be helpful to minimize negative self-talk and boost confidence in your work. What you write can and will vary, but here are some ideas to get you started.
- When did you first feel like you were in the zone or connecting well with the client or their body?
- What part of the body you were working on when that happened?
- What exactly were your hands doing?
- Did the client communicate with you verbally? Non-verbally? How did you respond
- What music was playing?
- What did the client say after the massage? Anything to confirm your feelings that you were in the zone?
Write down what you want to repeat in the next massage you give. Make the appropriate notes in the client’s chart if it’s client-specific, and elsewhere (in a place you’ll see it) if you want to remember it for all clients.
Hopefully, this technique will help you help you remember and repeat what you are great at and give you a boost when you need it!