How does pressure affect your professional life?

As a service provider, of whatever work it is you do, have you ever paused to ask yourself how pressure affects your quality of work?

You may work as a complementary health-care therapist, or you may work in an office or some other professional environment providing a service to your clients. Wherever you work and whatever you do, you are likely to encounter and experience pressure at some point in your day. Some people would say they feel under pressure constantly.

But how does this pressure affect us, and our work? Continue reading “How does pressure affect your professional life?”

Complementary Health-care – Part 2

What is your contribution? 

in Part 1 of this series, we looked at the fact that each therapist and modality within complementary health-care contributes to the quality of the pool of complementary health-care as a whole. Hence we could see that we have a responsibility not only to our clients individually, but we also contribute directly to the overall quality of the health-care industry and the service available to the public.

In this article, we look at what that means for us, as therapists in this field.

So what is the quality of our contribution, not only to our clients, but to the availability of health-care to the wider society we all share?

The quality that we offer comes directly from the quality that we live, across all aspects of life. Continue reading “Complementary Health-care – Part 2”

Complementary Health-care – Part 1

What is your contribution?

If you work as a therapist or complementary health-care practitioner of any kind, is it possible that you are part of something much bigger than just your own personal business or the clinic at which you work?

A practitioner such as a massage therapist is part of complementary health-care, which is an overall term for a range of modalities and therapies which support a person in their health-care but are not conventional medicine. Complementary health-care therapies are exactly that – complementary to conventional medicine (and not a replacement of or alternative to it). Complementary health-care can provide much support to clients, alongside the treatment they may be receiving from conventional medicine.

The provision of any form of health-care to a client carries with it a responsibility. All Massage Therapists or other health-care practitioners will no doubt be aware that they have a duty of care to their client. However, have you considered that your duty of care could be wider than this? Continue reading “Complementary Health-care – Part 1”

Professional service – Part 2 – Sympathy or compassion

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the distinction between support and carrying. We saw that we may think we are supporting people but when we take on their problems or try to fix things for them, or if we are honest, if we need to be the one to fix things for them, then we are not truly in support at all.

We saw that there is a big difference between true support, which is a reflection which offers the possibility of change (which the client or other person must choose for themselves) and carrying (where we do it all for the other person). The latter leads to no growth and is draining on us as well.

We saw also that this is a big thing for service professionals such as Massage Therapists – and it is an illuminating moment to realise what sort of service we are really offering.

This distinction is similar to sympathy and compassion. With sympathy, we could say that someone is down in a bit of a deep hole. If we sympathise, Continue reading “Professional service – Part 2 – Sympathy or compassion”

Professional service – Part 1 – Support or Carrying?

In this 2 part series, we look at professional service, and two very important aspects that professionals often mistake for true service. This week, we look at support.

What does support actually mean?

When we are looking for support, what is it we are asking for? Often, when we say we are not supported, is it possible that we are wanting someone else to take responsibility for difficulties we ourselves are facing?

There is a difference between support and carrying, just like there is a big difference between compassion and sympathy.

Continue reading “Professional service – Part 1 – Support or Carrying?”