Holding the arms in the air at strange angles for long periods of time can decrease blood flow, cause stiffness and knots in muscles, and contribute to poor posture.
Here are some tips for dealing with and preventing neck, shoulder and arm pain for hairdressers.
- Get to work early. If you arrive in a flurry, out of breath from rushing around, your muscles will be tense before you even start work. If you’re calm and relaxed, your muscles will be too. Also, you will have time to do Tip 2.
- Do a few simple stretches before you start work. Your Pilates Teacher can show you simple exercises to do throughout your day.
- Take a mini break every few minutes. Every few minutes. Let your hands drop your sides and shake loose to relax the muscles.
- In between clients do the stretching exercises again and massage your neck, shoulder and forearm muscles. Your Pilates Teacher can show you how to use tennis balls or a foam roller to release muscle tension.
- Stand with a wider leg stance. The wider base will spread the pressure from gravity out through your legs rather than into your lower back.
- Breathe deeply. This improves the oxygen supply to your muscles and helps keep them relaxed. If you’re tense and breathing shallowly your muscles are more likely to go into spasm.
- At the end of the work day take a Pilates class to get your body back into alignment before you go home. You make everyone else beautiful so it’s time to invest in yourself too.