We all know that full time lashing is at least 40 + hours a week. So looking after your back is a MUST. Sitting in the same position day in day out can put so much strain on your body. But the truth is, not only does bad posture have a negative effect on the spine, but it also can also have a detrimental impact on your overall health and well being.
Poor posture can also contribute to the following:
- Poor Circulation
- Negative Mood
- Increased Stress
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Less Motivation
- Poor Digestion
So, if you are finding you are suffering from any of the above, firstly see your GP, but also look into your posture, you may be surprised.
Correct posture for a lash technician
If you currently have poor posture you may find that when you begin to correct it, it can be uncomfortable because your body has become so used to sitting and standing in a particular way.
Try these 5 easy steps and see how you get on:
- Keep your back straight at all times.
- Your chin needs to be kept up and not angled too far down.
- Move forward with your entire body, not just your back.
- Make sure your hands are in a neutral position and not flexed up or down.
- Place your feet flat on the floor, making sure they are shoulder-width apart.
Top Posture Tips
Now you know how to sit correctly, let’s look at other ways you can support your back and improve your posture when lashing.
Invest in a supportive chair – your chair should be adjustable and be at a height that allows your feet to be flat on the floor with a small gap between the front of your chair and your knees.
Position yourself correctly – make sure your client is as comfortable as possible, but don’t be afraid to move your client to suit you, don’t move your position to suit your client, you will be in the same position ALL day your client will only be there for the time it takes for them to have their lashes done.
Bonus Tip: The ergonomic pillow is a game changer for both you and your client. It supports your client’s head and neck whilst elevating them so you are not straining your back to reach them.
Stretch between clients – stretching will decrease stress, reduce pain & stiffness, enhance performance, and also minimises wear and tear on joints.
The NHS has put together some exercises that will help the posture, which you can find here
Have regular massages – now some will see this as a treat but a good sports massage is far from relaxing. However, it will really help relieve tense, tight muscles and significantly improve posture. Ideally, visit a Physio who specialises in these types of massage they know their stuff. They will also help you with your stretches.
We hope this has helped you become more mindful of your posture, but please do make sure you visit your GP prior to undertaking any exercises and stretches if you suffer from any medical conditions.
As always if you have any questions drop us a DM on Instagram @LashBase_UK and we'll be happy to help!