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.

Don’t let residual pain slow you down

Have you ever had an injury or surgery that left you with residual pain, even months afterwards? If so, I can provide relief.
 
When muscle is torn or cut, the body defends the injured tissue by attaching it to surrounding structures to limit the extent of the injury. However helpful and logical this response is, it doesn’t automatically heal the injury.
 
By nature, your body does a great job of repairing the original damage but there are often adhesions (stuck places) left behind. These adhesions can cause pain and limited range of movement not only in the immediate area of injury but also in other parts of the body that might not seem related to the injury.
 
Unfortunately, you can’t just stretch these places out and consider that all is well. The best way to release adhesions and start feeling better is by fairly deep, therapeutically focused massage.
 
I do this type of massage regularly, often with very good results. By communicating with your physician and/or physical therapist, I can create a massage designed specifically to relieve pain and improve range of movement. Once the muscles and adhesions are loosened, it’s up to you as my client to keep these areas moving properly with stretches and exercises I will provide.
 
Of course, not every injury can be resolved in this manner but I can make significant improvements in how your body responds and how you feel. I would love to help YOU feel better in 2017!
 
Feel Better, Stay Well. Body Dialog Massage