There’s no doubt that retaining great therapists has become a bigger focus for spa and salon leaders in recent years, with measures such as flexible shifts and workplace wellness becoming more commonplace.
One of the most common reasons therapists drop out of the industry is through injury, particularly when massage forms a large proportion of their working day. This month, we take a fresh look at the issue, with advice on how to prevent injuries from occurring and how to manage them if they do, as well as ways to stay grounded when dealing with the emotions of clients. Massage therapists and trainers share the tips and tools that keep them physically and mentally healthy from page 64.
Understanding the individual pressures that each therapist may be going through is also key to creating a working environment they want to stick around in, and in this month’s hot topic feature on page 107, therapist and licensed menopause trainer Jazz Sidhu outlines ways in which salon owners can adapt their businesses and practices to be more welcoming to people experiencing symptoms of menopause or perimenopause – be that clients, therapists or the business owners themselves.
Of course, investing in training and development is also vital to keep therapists engaged and excited. Our feature on mastering the French manicure (page 93) shares some invaluable advice for perfecting your skills in this sometimes difficult-to-master technique, while our peptides focus on page 88 takes a deep dive into these mighty molecules, uncovering how you can harness them for different skin health goals, what to pair them with and why they are trending among consumers right now.
One of the best ways to develop your skills and those of your teams is with a visit to Professional Beauty North, and you can check out all the innovations and education opportunites in-store at the show from page 68.