We all have those days. Maybe we didn’t sleep great last night, or maybe we have had nothing but deep tissue massage sessions all day, but we find ourselves dragging and in real danger of falling asleep right there on the table – next to the client! Sometimes it can feel as if we are so busy taking care of others we never take proper care of ourselves. As massage therapists, most of us try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and, while this can be challenging for sure, it really is possible to keep our energy up while working all day giving the gift of massage.
It has been estimated that giving a 60-minute massage burns about 250 – 300 calories. If we haven’t eaten enough or are not properly rested, this can leave us feeling tired, cranky and physically exhausted even after our first massage. The reality is that we also don’t want to eat a big meal when we are working, as giving a massage while feeling full and bloated is not really any better than working while tired and hungry. The trick, then, is to eat small, healthy meals between clients that give us quick, healthy, and sustainable energy to get us through our days.
7 Healthy Snack Ideas to Eat Between Clients
- Fruit – A great source of carbohydrates, which give us quick energy, fruit also offers fiber to make us feel full.
- Nuts – Protein gives us longer lasting, sustained energy. Nuts also contain magnesium, which is necessary for muscle health.
- Whole Grains – Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest than simple sugars. Whole grain breads, crackers and even oatmeal will make us feel full while giving us sustained energy to last all day.
- Bananas – A great source of carbohydrates and fiber, bananas also contain high levels of potassium, which works with magnesium for muscle function.
- Protein Bars – Another great alternative is a high-quality protein bar that can give a mix of carbohydrates for quick energy and protein for longer lasting energy.
- Smoothies – A yogurt and fruit smoothie also offers a quick carbohydrate boost from fruit and a dose of protein for longer lasting energy. Add in some UltraNourish, a superfood, protein powder that you mix into your favorite shake or smoothie – to ensure a vitamin-rich nutritional boost that will help you power through all your massage sessions! Or, better yet, try Chocolate UltraNourish. Add one scoop to water or your choice of milk, shake, and immediately feed your body what it needs. It’s simple, healthy and delicious!
- Water – It is not uncommon to begin feeling fatigue, dizziness and lethargy when we are dehydrated. We forget that giving a massage is work, and just as you would at the gym, you need to maintain proper hydration.
Foods to Avoid
Just as important as knowing what to eat when we are feeling worn out at work, is knowing what to avoid. Avoid high-fat, high-sugar, highly processed foods that offer a quick rush of energy and then end with a crash. Candy bars, potato chips and other cheap, low quality fast food might make you feel better going into a massage, but you will no doubt crash halfway through.
Highly caffeinated beverages also tend to give you a rush – followed by a nasty crash! A cup of regular coffee typically has about 100 milligrams, and an 8 oz cup of premium coffee can have up to 200 milligrams of caffeine. The suggested daily limit is no more than about 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, or 4 cups of regular coffee. Energy drinks have been shown to contain as much as 242 milligrams of caffeine in one serving, which is the equivalent of almost 2 ½ cups of regular coffee. In addition, most energy drinks contain significant amounts of sugar, which give you a quick rush and an equally quick crash to go with it!
Another Healthy Way to Boost Your Energy
Energy Booster is different. Energy Booster comes in tablet form and, while it does contain some caffeine (about 75 milligrams), it also contains a full range of B vitamins, vitamin C, amino acids, natural herbs and nutrients to give you fast energy and improved focus without the jitters and the unfavorable crash. It has no added sweeteners, flavors or anything artificial. Rather than grabbing empty calories in the form of junk food, soft drinks and energy drinks, try Energy Booster, a healthier option that will give you long lasting, sustained energy throughout your day.
Giving a good massage is work, and it takes energy to do it well. The unfortunate reality in the massage therapy industry is that we often need to power through more massages than we might want to each day. To do that, we need to optimize our own personal energy by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and eating well. Choosing high quality, healthy foods that can be eaten in small meals between clients throughout the day is one way to maintain your energy levels as you continue to take care of others.