“Effective teaching may be the hardest job there is.”
- William Glasser
As the educators in our community are savoring their last few days of summer vacation and preparing to return back to the full swing of the school year, we wanted to encourage them to consider doing something for themselves this month.
Here are just a few reasons why we believe we need to get more teachers on our massage tables:
- Teachers need to heal themselves to heal others. Teachers, like healers, are in professions of serving others. As many a wise person has said, we must first heal ourselves before we heal others. Self-care is important for everyone, but it's especially imperative for teachers who tirelessly work long hours to touch their students' lives. The better shape teachers are in, mentally and physically, the more likely they are to inspire their students.
- Teachers are selfless. If there's one thing all teachers have in common, it's their selfless and giving nature. Their jobs require them to put in long hours grading papers, counseling students and creating lesson plans, putting in hours far beyond the average 9-5 work day. They don't just need a massage - they deserve one!
- Teaching truly is one of the toughest jobs out there. This survey here found that teaching is of the hardest working professions. When other people are having down time from work, teachers are planning lessons ahead, and up to 70% percent frequently pull all nighters.
- Massage is a great way for coping with stress and burnout. Teacher burnout is a huge problem among educators. Massage is an effective way to combat the intense mental fatigue that teachers are facing.
- Teachers wear many hats. A teacher's role stretches far beyond instructing in the classroom. Teachers also act as unofficial parents, counselors, therapists and coaches for their students. Making time for a massage gives teachers the chance to be taken care of for a change.