The beauty industry evokes the idea of glamour and sophistication. However for beauty therapists and people working in the industry this is often far from the truth.
Beauty Therapists undertake repetitive, constant and forceful work on a daily basis. Over time this can lead to RSI, arthritis, carpal tunnel and back complaints (not quite so glam after all!) from a combination of overuse and repetition, awkward or static posture and somewhat insufficient recovery time. Be it hair or beauty the problems are the same.
What Can We Do To Help
As owners and industry professionals we can put in place measures to help our staff, it’s our duty of care. Many in the beauty world are more than aware of the techniques to use to prevent injuries, putting these into practice is easier said than done in a busy salon. Buy the best, buy once and buy right. Poor equipment will provide poor positioning, it’s not always about customer comfort, or the budget, we must think of our staff too, ergonomic designs with body contouring and exact position control are the way to go. A massage rota is a super idea that your staff will love you for, interspersing massage with alternative, less vigorous work, sharing the heavy workload, saving those precious backs and hands.
Happy Hands – Your Biggest Assets!
Gentle stretching and massaging tired hands is a salon must. You can of course work on each other in the down times but there’s a couple of ‘handy’ things to keep at reception too. A stress ball to squeeze (may work wonders for your blood pressure too) and an elastic band to pop round the fingers for the reverse stretch. Sound weird? Well, try it. This will stretch out the palms, strengthen fingers and wrists. During these simple routines the hand spaces will open to allow good blood flow and promote healing. These exercises should be done until a slight burn is felt in the wrist. There’s even a product called Theraputty designed just for you!
Hand Help. Try this stretch:
1. Place fingers on the edge of a table.
2. Gently push down, stretching the muscles of fingers.
3. Drop elbows and push again so that this time you are stretching the wrist muscles.
4. Repeat three times and hold for 3-4 seconds each.
5. Return hands to normal position, and then place thumb on the edge of the table.
6. Gently push down, and roll your thumb to the side to stretch the muscles of
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Keep those hands happy my beauties! Please share to anyone this may help.