About Me

Leila Mazouz, LMT, CIPI

All massage therapists know how physically demanding our job can be. The strains that our work puts on our bodies result in more than just sore hands at the end of the day, we are also at high risk of developing many chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs): tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tension neck syndrome, bursitis and disc degeneration...etc.

Unfortunately, injury prevention for massage therapists has been overlooked and rarely discussed in courses or workshops in the UK. There are serious consequences to this lack of attention towards injury prevention. In some cases, the MSDs that massage therapists develop are so severe that they are forced to change the type of massage they practice or end their career completely.

I know this from personal experience. In 2017, I developed golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis). At the time, I didn’t understand how my work led to such an injury. My musculoskeletal doctor had one solution: change my job. Determined to keep the job I love, I started looking for other massage techniques that would be less strenuous on my body. During my research, I stumbled upon ‘Save Your Hands: The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists’, a book used by manual therapists in the USA and Canada since 1993 but largely unknown in the UK.

It was immediately clear how valuable such information was, not just for me, but for the thousands of other massage therapists in the UK who are at risk of developing career-ending MSDs. I decided to become an Injury Prevention Instructor to help myself and other therapists have a longer and healthier career. Thanks to my training, I’m still practicing massage therapy to this day.

My Injury Prevention for Massage Therapists Course focuses on preventing injuries to the upper extremities, neck and back. It also increases awareness of the risk factors for MSDs both in and out of work. Understanding why and how injuries happen is the most important factor in preventing them from occurring in the first place, and is the main focus of the course. I demonstrate to therapists good injury prevention habits to use day-to-day and ergonomic principles to utilise while working.

As every therapist is different, my approach is practical, hands-on and individualised. Every therapist will personally practice healthy body mechanics, modify techniques which may increase risk of injury and learn safer alternatives.

I teach therapists how to recognise and respond to early symptoms of MSDs. Many therapists come to accept small pains and niggles as part of the reality of doing their work, but these could be signs that a serious injury is developing.

This course is ideal for manual therapists at all levels of their profession, as both new and experienced therapists have to deal with the same physical challenges. I can also work with spas and clinics to hold workshops for all their therapists to help prolong their career and reduce their sick leave.

 

Leila Mazouz, massage therapist and trainer