Where are you at 9:30 on Monday mornings?

If you’re an NFL player, you’re either getting a massage or wishing you were.

As you may know, I do not follow football at all. I consider it a violent, barbaric, overpaid activity. Had to get that off my chest. However I know lots of folks who love watching the games and who follow it closely, so I did a little research about massage therapy and football that you may be interested in.

Here are a few fun facts:

  • NFL players (this is play?) spend every Monday trying to put their broken bodies back together. They call it ‘get right’ day.
  • James Harrison, linebacker (don’t ask me which team he plays for) spends a half million dollars on bodywork which includes hefty doses of massage.
  • For these guys, massage is far from an indulgence, they appreciate bodywork as a fundamental tool in prolonging their careers. Regular massage helps them both prepare for game day and repair the damage afterwards.
  • In an article by Greg Bishop entitled ‘You Think Your Mondays Suck?’ he found that Mike Mitchell (Steelers) gets daily massages along with other types of natural healing.
  • For many NFL players massage is a business expense because it helps them do what they get paid for.
  • Massage prevents the football players from getting even more injuries and that’s important when their #1 advantage is being well enough to play again. Soon. 
  • Harrison says massage also helps reduce stress and prepares him for better and longer sleep. Nothing to yawn at.
  • Russell Wilson (Seahawks) takes five two-hour massage sessions each week. “… A big part of being a professional … athlete, is taking care of yourself,” Wilson said. It’s kind of a major part, so it’s not like finding time. It’s really just in the schedule”.

While we are not NFL kamikazes nor even close, life has probably dealt us our share of hard knocks and we are still active (or hoping to be soon) and shouldn’t we also take care of our bodies in all the best ways we can? My answer is a resounding and unequivocal yes!

Therapeutic massage can do for us exactly what it does for these elite athletes:
Gets us ready to do what we have to do, prevent injuries and helps us recover more quickly when we need it. Regular massage reduces stress and gives us a better nights sleep and is at the most basic level a healthy way to take care of ourselves and to feel good.

As much as I don’t agree with football as a sport, if nothing else, I agree with the players approach to massage – as a necessary, preventative and planned part of taking care of themselves each and every week. Even if you aren’t a professional athlete, regular massage does wonders, even for someone who sits on the couch every Sunday watching the games throughout football season.

Call me when you’re ready to try regular massage as a way to feel better and stay well. Effective, affordable, consistent care that will make you smile.

Feel Better, Stay Well. Body Dialog Massage.

Stick with it

Got an injury that’s sticking with you? Kinesio Tape will help you feel better so you can stick to your activities.

Traditional athletic taping has been around for years and used especially when a coach would tape a boxer’s hands or a runner’s ankle to support them during a burst of activity. The tape was rigid and uncomfortable to wear so was only left on for short periods of time. Recent improvements in the tape itself and the development of specific techniques of taping have brought this useful modality to the active general public.
 
  • What is Kinesio Taping?

It’s a therapeutic taping technique that permits full movement, provides support and allows the body to heal. Kinesio tape is made of 100% cotton on one side with a mild, hypoallergenic acrylic, heat-activated adhesive on the other. The tape is highly elastic to allow for many different types of application and will stay in place for 3-5 days through activity and showers.
 

  • How does it work?

The condition must be correctly assessed for the best results. The tape lifts the skin away from the muscle to decrease pressure on a damaged area and to allow for drainage and proper blood flow. Depending on the specific technique used, the tape can relax or contract a muscle, or stabilize a joint.
 

  • How is it applied?

First, clean the skin of oils, sweat or excess hair. Then, apply the tape over the stretched muscle. Tape from muscle origin to insertion to strengthen a weak muscle, usually in a chronic condition. In this application the tape facilitates muscle contraction. Tape from insertion to origin to relax a tight, overused muscle often in an acute condition. In this application the tape inhibits tension.
 

  • What is it good for?

Taping helps with a limitless array of injuries and some inflammatory conditions (because it facilitates lymph flow). It provides relief and support for anyone who has muscle soreness or joint pain. I have used Kinesio tape for plantar fasciitis, low back degenerative pain and shoulder weakness, but there are many, many other useful applications.
 

  • Where can I have Kinesio tape applied?

Many athletic trainers, medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and some massage therapists offer applying kinesio tape as a service that layers nicely in with their work. Most often I will massage the area, clean it, stretch it and apply the tape to maintain the changes I have made during the session. An initial 30-minute session allows for assessment and taping at $40. Re-taping is $20 or I can incorporate it into your massage time and just charge you $5 for the tape.
 

  • How do I remove the tape?

Most people allow the tape to wear off but it can be easily removed with oil or an oily lotion. It’s safe for pediatrics to geriatrics and is well tolerated because it’s so light (roughly the thickness and weight of our skin) and is completely latex -free.

Call me to try Kinesio Taping as part of your pain relief plan.

Feel Better, Stay Well. Body Dialog Massage.