This thesis examines the importance of self-care for American Sign Language educational interpreters. The research presented in this study adopts a holistic approach to analyzing the mental and physical health effects resulting from the regular use of massage therapy. The goal of this thesis is to identify some controls an interpreter can implement when mental and physical demands intensify due to job-related stress. Data was collected using a questionnaire available only to educational interpreters concerning job-induced stresses and the effects of regular massage. The findings of this study identify the psychological and physiological benefits professionals feel after implementing periodic massage therapy as a form of self-care. Further investigation could reveal a greater variety of self-care opportunities that could impact an interpreter’s wellbeing.

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self-care, American Sign Language interpreters, massage therapy, stretching, educational interpreters



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Education | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures

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