This might seem not to be about massage therapy, but I look at massage therapy as prevention from ill health. In Chinese medicine, we do not separate ourselves from the environment like we do in Western medicine. What I mean by this is the earth is made up of five elements, Wood, Metal, Fire, Water and Earth. These elements are within the body, but we continue to separate ourselves from nature more and more. I am not going to get into to much of five elements of Chinese medicine. If you’re interested in that, please feel free to do some research on it. I’m sure you’ll find it amazing.

Why I bring up the five elements of Chinese medicine is when we are out of balance with nature we become as unhealthy as our surroundings. Example, the bodies of waters of the world are getting more and more polluted. The body of water inside our body is the kidneys and Bladder. The reason I bring up this element is because there is a taste, a smell, an emotion and the negative feeling   is FEAR to the water element, Now you say, what does this have to do with massage.

Well, I’ll try to simplify it for you. The world as a whole is finally hitting the bottom. I hope for our sakes this is it. For years we have looked at the government as the mommy and daddy. We never question them why? They’ll take care of us, no questions asked. Are any of you really surprised that we are where we are today? Did everyone think that they could just go about their business focusing selfishly without any foresight on what was and is going on? Now, panic and fear mode, which accomplishes nothing. We are all responsible for the environmental, economical and financial mess we are in.

Then healthcare. I should really say our lack there of heath care. We never, ever question the doctor, after all it is so much easier to be the victim of our ill health. How could this have happened to me? I watch TV, it informs me of the medications that I should take to solve all my problem. It tells me all about the healthy foods from the fast food joints, to the prepared food, to the white flour to the sugar blah blah blah blah blah.

Well, I my friends am fed up with the ignorance of lazy, unmotivated, selfish people. I tell my clients the truth. I am not here to fix anyone. I am here to help you to heal, to give you information and your on your own. The people that come to me thinking I’m going to put a Band-Aid on them I will not continue seeing.

We need to teach ourselves to focus on finding the solution. Blame never brings about change. Taking responsibility for the parts you play in every relationship as well as removing yourselves from the ones that are unhealthy, is our responsibility.

The problems we have manifested will take time to solve. Taking responsibility for changing our health will take time as well. The most important part is to take charge of the thoughts we think, the way we look at each day and most important, the way we treat and talk to others. That my friend is really all we have control over.

Again, how does this tie into massage therapy? You have one body, one mind, and plenty of healing to do. I can offer massage therapy that helps you reconnect to your body even if it’s only for an hour. It takes stress to bring about change. Stress will always be in our lives. It does lodge itself in our bodies. It’s what we do with it and again I offer a solution through massage therapy.

I only hope that all of us can have a shift in our thinking and open our minds to healing ourselves. A ripple effect will happen if we as a whole get on a path of healing. It’s funny, I am not a religious person but, I am spiritual. I also have attention deficit disorder, so remembering things doesn’t come easy to me. It does strike me as unusual that the one thing that I do know by heart, is the Lord’s Prayer and massage therapy. I know with out one doubt massage works and I believe we can have a heaven here on earth.

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  • Drink filtered water, at least 8 glasses.
  • Eat organically.
  • Eat only meat once in a blue moon.
  • Eat plenty of greens.
  • Read the labels on foods.Exercise and practice yoga.
  • Take time for reflection.
  • Get a Massage at least once a month from me.
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  • Book an appointment with me today…609-683-1608 GotcherBack.com

I feel truly lucky that I have a job that I love. I can’t imagine my life without massage and I can’t imagine not receiving massage either, my body can’t live without it. I had to go quite a while without getting massages due to not being able to find a massage therapist that was not only a good massage therapist but, one that understood how to work with a body and how it responds to the right amount of touch. I believe that if all of the people that never received Massage got a Intelligent Massage they would be amazed at how stressed and how much tension they where holding inside them. At times there is necessary discomfort/ pain to heal in getting a Massage. It sounds like life doesn’t it?

The bodies response to massage is that persons willingness to start a healing process or not. It is truly amazing to see how environment, eating habits, attitude, emotional expression or lack thereof can either facilitate or inhibit their healing process. There are some people who want to stay in their pain, it serves some kind of purpose to them. Not everyone wants to move forward and we can find many ways to sabotage our path to healing to success and self peace. It can start out as low back pain, shoulder and neck tightness, or an injury that we may need to make us come to a screeching halt. I know this because I truly believe that’s what happened with me when I was hit and suffer major damage to a disk in my neck from a car accident.

Gifts come in many shapes and forms. It’s if you choose to look at them and how you look at them and even if you want to look at them. There are a lot of people that won’t agree with this. My intention is not to gain a popularity contest. It is to speak the truth as I see it, one body at a time. What I do for a living is a gift. My favorite people to work on our athletes.The problem is, most people that do repetitive sports, running, biking, college sports, swimming and all the rest of the sports not mentioned need to realize that massage and stretching are imperative to staying injury free and keeping them at peak performance. Do your body and mind a favor book an appointment today, be open minded and give it a try!

I have a couple people in stores and products I would like to highly recommend. I guess I’m fortunate that when I don’t know how to do something I have no problem asking for help. I watch people at the gym, some of my clients, friends and people just running by, not knowing what they’re doing. Please learn to ask when it comes to working out, running or any sport or practice. You can injure yourself and you don’t need to. Plus learning to do it the right way first saves a lot of time. When I recommend someone my credibility is on the line so, when I recommend someone you can bet that I’m pretty damn sure that they are excellent at what they do.

I would like to recommend an incredible fitness trainer, Clyde Mealy. Clyde is a personal trainer that I would recommend to any parent who wants their child to have the best training possible. I would say, he rates on a scale of 1 to 10 on every level is a 10. Please contact him at phase4llc@gmail.com or phone him at 732-309-4667. I can promise that you will not be disappointed. I would also like to highly recommend, which I believe goes hand-in-hand with massage is chiropractic. Dr. Ari Cohn is by far one of the best chiropractors in Princeton. You can reach Ari at 609-683-3996. I did a lot of research on chiropractors, because I knew that I wanted to have my massage practice with a chiropractor and I’m happy it is Dr. Cohn. There is also another excellent body worker, who I admire and aspire today like Laurie Latner who specializes in Rolfing/structural integration. You can reach Laurie at 609-497-3232. Although I do not know any excellent craniosacral therapists. I find that if you have a family member that has had a stroke. This might be where you want to go. There is a web-site called http://www.upledger.org there is a practitioner locator on that site. I recommend that they have several levels in several years under their belt. I study craniosacral one and I apply it in sessions. I would not consider myself a cranio-sacral specialist.

Here are a few stores in Princeton, that I would like to endorse as well. One is The Walking Company. Their phone number is 609-252-9255. The people that work there are wonderful. And I want to recommend one of the most genius pair of shoes I have ever worn. They amaze me every time I put them on. The shoes are called MBT’s. If you treat yourself to one thing this year buy yourself a pair of these shoes and you won’t be disappointed. I would like to say something to all the runners and joggers in Princeton the only place I know that is truly knowledgeable about what type of shoe you should be running in is The Princeton Running Company. They can be reached at 609-252-9110. The two of these stores are located on Nassau Street here in Princeton, New Jersey.

If you work out on a regular basis there are a few things I think you should own. One is a yoga mat, first to do yoga on and there are plenty of you classes here in Princeton too. This yoga mat can be used for stretching and to stabilize yourself on your physio- ball. You need to buy a physio- ball as well. The next item is a Foam Roller or The Stick. If you’re a runner, biker, candlestick maker you need to loosen that ilio tibial band (That’s that tight band that runs down the outer sides of both of your legs, that starts at your hip and runs down to your knee.) Also, your quadriceps, calves and hamstrings. The only other way to get relief from these tight areas is through massage. The stick by the way is a little bit more handier. It’s a flexible plastic tool that is used to strip the quadriceps, calves, hamstrings and shoulders. I sell these items in my practice, along with a wonderful foot roller, which is great to prevent plantar fasciitis. Please feel free to contact me and stop by to purchase them.
SuzanneNewmanCMT@aol.com or 609-683-1608. These items are relatively inexpensive and are extremely helpful in preventing injuries, and that’s what it’s all about, prevention.

I am finding it harder and harder to find Massage Therapists that know what they are doing. When I say this I am talking about Therapeutic Massage Therapy which is different than Spa/relaxation Massage. I work mostly on Athletes, Sports injuries and rehabilitation clients. I hear more and more from my new clients how frustrated they are with the Massage Therapists out there and how happy they are to have found me. I am pleased with their wonderful compliments and the new clients but, frustrated with whats going on with our Massage Therapists. Please for the people that are looking for a Massage Therapist out there, feel free to call me for referrals. I know great Chiroprators in Princeton, NJ, a few great Accupucturists, one excellent Rolfer/Structural integration therapist, energy workers and a few great nutritionists. I am also taking new clients daily and if you are at all unhappy with me I do know a few good Massage Therapists too.

To the Massage Therapists out there. Do not advertize things you can not do and are not your strenghts. People will not come back. Your client should not have to tell you what to do. You are the professional. It is so important to listen and yes, ask them their problem area/areas but, it is your job to know how to promote healing and to suggest things to your client to do to help them selves. I have had Massages where Therapists do not understand that every thing is connected and I had to show them what to do to release a muscle but, also work on the surrounding areas. Then hand them the money at the end. I walked out more stressed out than I did when I walked in.

Please read, watch video’s, attend seminars on what you do if you want clients and want to keep them. If you want to do fluff Massage say that you just do Swedish Massage. Every Massage should be geared to what your clients issues are. I have no two Massages that are alike. I don’t understand this name the Massage thing. They are custom made to suit you as they all should be by every Massage Therapist unless you are doing Swedish Massage which, I consider to do on someone who has lost a loved one, someone totally stressed out or won’t allow themselves to feel pain which says alot right there. Then don’t go there with them untill they are ready.

Don’t get me wrong, touch no matter what is healing as long as your intent is to heal. Just make sure you advertize what you do correctly. If you don’t clients do not come back.

Stroke identification:

A friend stumbled and took a little fall… she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call the paramedics)… she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.  The got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food.  Was she appeared a bit shaken up, she went about enjoying herself.  The rest of the evening.  Her husband called later telling everyone that her wife had been taking to the hospital… (at 6 p.m. she passed away.)  She had suffered a stroke.  Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be alive today.  Some don’t die… but they can end up helpless and hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this…

A neurologist said that if he can get a stroke victim within three hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke… totally.  He said, the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and then getting the patient medically cared for within three hours, which is tough.

Recognizing a stroke.

Thank God for the sense to remember the three steps, STR…  Read and learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke or it difficult to identify.  Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.  The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage.  When people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now, doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three a simple questions:

S*….. Ask the individual to SMILE
T*….. Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently).
(i.e. IT IS SUNNY OUT TODAY.)
R*….. Ask him or her true Raise Both Arms.

If he or she has any trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and described the symptoms of the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke  ………………………….  STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE.

Note: asked the person to ‘stick’ out her or his tongue… If the tongue is ‘CROOKED’,
it goes to one side or the other, this is also an indication of a stroke.

Please Pass this information to loved ones, it truely can save their lives!

***Thank you, to whom ever wrote this. I am glad to pass it on.***

This is in remembrance of my mom, Gloria M Newman who died July 3, 2007

Suzanne Newman

This information is from WWW.hospitalinfection.org  Most of us will have to go to the hospital someday.  Here are specific steps you can follow to protect yourself from deadly hospital infections:

1.  Ask that hospital staff, clean their hands before treating you.  This is the single most important way to protect yourself in the hospital.  If you’re worried about being too aggressive, just remember your life could be at stake. All caregivers should clean their hands before treating you. Do not hesitate to say the following to your doctor or caregiver: “excuse me, but there’s an alcohol dispenser right there.  Would you mind using that before you touch me, so I can see it?” Don’t be falsely assured by gloves. Gloves more often protect staff and patients. If caregivers have pulled on gloves without quitting their hands first, the gloves or are ready contaminated before they touch you.

2.  Before your doctor uses a stethoscope to listen to your chest, asked that the diaphragm(or flat surface of the stethoscope) be waived with alcohol. Numerous studies show that stethoscopes are often contaminated with Staphlococcus aureus and other dangerous bacteria, because caregivers seldom take the time to clean them between patients use.  The American Medical Association recommends that stethoscopes routinely be cleaned for each patient. The same precautions should be taken for many other commonly used pieces of equipment too.

3. Ask visitors to clean their hands and avoid sitting on your bed.

4. If you need surgery, choose a surgeon with a low infection rate.  Surgeons know their rate of infection for various procedures.  Ask for it. If they don’t tell you, consider choosing another surgeon.  He should be able to compare hospital infection report cards in every state.

5. Beginning three to five days before surgery, shower daily with 4%cholorhexidine soap.  Drug stores that don’t stock chlorhexidine soap are generally happy to order it for you. You don’t need a prescription.  Only the easiest brands to find is hibiclens. Using the soap will help remove any dangerous bacteria.  You may be caring on your own skin that could enter your surgical incision and cause an infection. Keep the soap away from your eyes and ears.

6. Ask your surgeon if he has been tested for Staphylococcus aureus a least one week before you come into the hospital.  This test is simple, usually just nasal swab. About one third of people carry Staphylococcus aureus on their skin, and if you are one of them, extra precautions can be taken to protect you from infection, to give you the correct antibiotic during surgery, and to prevent you from transmitting bacteria to others.

7. Stop smoking well in advance of your surgery.  Patients who smoke or three times as likely to develop the surgical site infection than nonsmokers, and have significantly slower recoveries and longer hospital stays.

8. On the first of your operation, remind your doctor that you may need an antibiotic one hour before the first incision.  For many types of surgery, a pre-surgical antibiotic is the standard of care, but it is often overlooked by busy hospital staff.

9. Ask your doctor about keeping you warm during surgery. Operating rooms are often kept cold for the comfort of the staff, a research shows that many types of surgery, patients who were kept warm resist infection better. There are many ways to keep a patient warm, including special blankets, hats and booties, and warmed IV liquids.

10. Do not shave the surgical site. Razors can create small nicks in the skin, through which bacteria can enter.  If hair must be removed before surgery, asked the Clippers be used instead of a razor.

11. As that your surgeon limit the number of personal (including medical students) in the operating room. Every increase in number of people as to your risk of infection.  

12. Ask your doctor about monitoring your glucose (sugar) levels continuously during and after surgery, especially if you’re having cardiac surgery.  The stress of the surgery often makes glucose levels spike erratically.  New research shows that when blood glucose levels are tightly controlled to stay between 80 — 110 mg/unit, her patients resist infection better.  Continue monitoring, even when you are discharged from hospital, because you are not fully healed yet.

13. Avoid a urinary tract catheter, if possible.  It is a common cause of infection.  The tube allows year-end to flow from the bladder out of your body. Sometime catheters are used when busy hospital staff don’t have the time to walk patients to the bathroom.  Ask for a day per or bed pan instead.  They’re safer.

14. You if you must have an IV, make sure that it is inserted and removed under clean conditions and changed every three to four days.  Intravenous catheters, or IV’s, or common source of infection and are not always necessary.  If you need one, insist that it is inserted and removed under clean conditions, which means that your skin is cleaned at the site of the insertion, and the person treating you is wearing clean gloves and is washed her hands.  Alert hospital staff immediately if redness appears.

15. If you’re planning on having a baby by Cesarean, follow the steps listed above as if you were having any other type of surgery. Most mothers today in our worried about hospital infections.  But if you’re having a cesarean, you are 10 times more at risk of infection, and if you’re giving birth vaginally.

Ideally, you should choose a hospital with a low infection rate.  Good luck at getting that information.  It’s impossible.  Many states collect data on infections that lead to serious injury or death, but nearly every site — with the exception of 6 — has given into the hospital’s industry demands to keep the information secret.  The Federal Centers For Disease control and Prevention also collect information that are from hospitals across the nation, but refused to make it public.  Government is too often on their backs, instead of on our side.

What’s the answer? Hospital infections, report cards.  Hospitals object that comparisons would be unfair because hospitals that treat sicker patients, such as AIDS, cancer, and transplant patients who have weakened immune systems, will have a higher infection rate.  True, but the data can be risk-adjusted to make comparisons fair.  What is unfair is preventing the public from knowing which hospitals have infection epidemics.  Keep the infection rate secret, may help hospitals save face, but won’t save lives. 

This is memory of my father, Lieutenant Commander Dale E. Newman who died June 6, 2002. My father went into the hospital for cancer. The cancer was removed but, my father died from a secondary infection which the well known cancer hospital in Pennsylvania would not tell us what it was?

  Massage Therapy has been my passion for going on 14 years. I’d like to give a few pointers on what I have seen and felt from the massage therapy that I’ve received. Please this is based on what my body needs from a massage therapy.  I believe there are many different types of bodywork but, I think the one that is used most frequently is Massage Therapy.  The clients that are getting massages need to know the difference between spa and gym massages and therapeutic/deep tissue massage in order to know what type of massage to get.  I consider myself some what an athlete; deep tissue massage is a must for me.  My frustration in most of the massages that I have received and I say this in order to help other massage therapists. There is a lack of proper body mechanics, to correct this issue is by keeping the wrists and arms aligned properly and also the proper body stance. Self assurance shows in the strength in massage therapist’s hands and a confident touch. Strong hands are incredibly important not only to give the work that is needed for athletes but, also to prevent injury for your selves. Push ups help. Yoga is another great hand strengthener. There is also lifting weights, squeezing tennis balls or grippers.

 I see a lack of   knowledge also in how to release the muscles that are tight on clients. That is my major complaint with all the massages I have received. It has also been a complaint of new clients coming to me. Trigger point work is very easy to learn and is needed for everyone. I use it on every client. I explain to my clients when you work out you are sore the next day.  In the same respect that’s what happens with a good massage at times. You are a little sore the next day. This is not a bad thing! This means that lactic acid and adhesions have been broken up. Blood is flowing in area’s that where once tight.  I also tell my clients you may be a little sore the next day but, the following day you’ll feel great. I base this on the great reviews I get and the great tips! What makes an excellent Massage Therapist is taking care of yourself; understanding your client’s body and gearing that massage session to their needs.

There is a need I’m sure for more superficial massages.  What I mean by this is a lighter touch.  I firmly believe the athletic community needs deep tissue work, therapeutic massage.  Let me explain this. When I run, lift weights, bike ride and practicing yoga, I am building muscle.  In building muscle what is happening is we continually stress our muscles often causing Micro- tears within the muscle fibers as well as a build up of Lactic acid / waste products. Your Muscles need oxygen to function properly and efficiently, nutrients such as amino acids to repair damaged muscle fibers and lymphatic fluid carry waste away from the muscles. Oxygen, nutrients and lymphatic fluid are transported through your body via the blood stream.

Massage therapy markedly increases your body’s recovery rate by increasing blood flow within your circulatory system so Oxygen arrives faster to the area in need. Amino acids are delivered quickly and the waste products get moved rapidly away from the muscles.

Clients with medical injuries, football player’s at the colleges, runners, bikers, tennis players, weight lifters and all other repetitive sports cause muscles to contract in a relatively shortened range of motion for long periods of time. These tight muscles cause extra strain to be placed on tendons and may result in common injuries like Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendentious, Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Shine Splints. Adhesions that form within the fascial connective tissue surrounding muscle fibers can also cause tightness.

Massage breaks up adhesions as well as broadens and lengthens muscle fibers. Freeing up fascia in and around muscles and creating length within muscles which helps prevent injury because it reduces the stain placed on the tendons. Staying healthy and preventing injury threw massage lead to improved athletic performance increasing range of motion in the hip, knee and ankle joints by releasing and lengthening leg muscles through Massage can increase stride length, which will, in- turn increase running speed and thus improve performance. Weather you run for stress relief, pure enjoyment or in competition, Massage Therapy can be extremely beneficial and will improve athletic performance. Call today to make an appointment and feel the difference. Office 609-683-1608

  I am a firm believer that yes, we are all going to at some point expire. My hopes are that much more aware human beings will evolve. I can not disagree that we may all have weak genetic links. The idea is to become aware of what they are. That means paying attention to our bodies. Yes, also look at our family of origins health issues. 

  I truly believe eating relatively organic and to the smarty pants out there that means not skippy peanut butter get to a health food store and get it without sugar. Read the labels of what you eat. I know I like sugar at times but, I don’t want it in my apple pie. Learn to cook and cook a head of time and freeze servings in containers.

  Exercise, please we can all come up with an excuse. It is a must! Women weight bearing exercises that helps with bone loss and guess what we will need strength in our arms when we get old, to push ourselves up from a chair. Stretch! The computer is great for this Google stretching and presto, wonderful simple stretches you can even do in a chair. Walk, run, practice yoga, dance, jump rope, lift weights, do squats while standing at your desk. Get up from that computer and stretch. Breathe, Breathe, Breathe the most important of them all. Express your feelings! Learn how to communicate clearly. Get professional counseling when you are stuck emotionally or need to work thought family issues.

  I am not writing what I am about to write to offend, blame or gain a popularity contest. I am speaking from what I have seen with clients and through my own personal experiences. This is to show you how the power of words can affect you in a negative matter. I have experienced a lot of clients with Fibromyalgia the main symptom of fibromyalgia is pain all over the body for more than 3 months. It is common for people to experience achy muscles that feel tender to the touch and morning stiffness. The pain of fibromyalgia is a “deep” muscle pain and may be felt as: aching, shooting, burning, nagging

  The pain may not always be the same. For some people with fibromyalgia, the pain and stiffness are worst when they wake up, improve during the day, and increase again at night. But others have all-day, non-stop pain. For many, the pain gets worse with physical activity, stress, or anxiety. Fibromyalgia patients may be more sensitive to light and temperature. 

   Along with overall pain, people with fibromyalgia have many specific parts of the body that are tender to the touch, also known as tender points. These include: the front and back of the neck, mid to the upper back of the shoulders, elbows, upper portion of the buttocks, hips and knees.

  This is where my theory comes in. I believe no one should own a name a doctor came up with. Your body hurts! Period. You don’t have to own this for life. It hurts you today. The body is all connected, and part of your body is called connective tissue. You have muscles that are attached to bone, tendons and ligaments and they have a memory. That memory is attached to pain in this case of this thing some doctor named fibromyalgia. I hope your following me here. My belief is that this all started with some sort of trauma. I believe emotional. When an emotion is not expressed where does it go? Into the body and more of the same things continue to happen, usually unhealthy things. Why? Because we continue to push that “thing” away by not dealing with it. We split off from it but, our wonderful bodies keep trying to tell us, pay attention to me I hurt. Oh, you won’t listen I’ll hurt louder.

  How do I know this because I hurt all over at one point too. I drank the pain away. Presto, I got sober and the pain got really, really bad. I needed to get that pain out and I listened to my body for the first time at age 26 after drinking and doing drugs since I was 14 years old. I went to Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings and dumped all that toxic childhood pain and adult emotional pain. To be honest it was like being in hell in those rooms for me. I just kept going because my health and well being counted on it. I didn’t do a lot of what they told me and frankly I am glad I didn’t. I found a good therapist. I did not befriend too many people there. I went talked it out, cried, screamed and went 3 times a day some days. What was interesting is as I talked and cried I could literally feel the pain lift from my body.

  There are some people that I have shared my belief with about this pain body and they accuse me of blaming them for their pain. No, no I just believe that you can truly let it go. It is never just cut and dry. All the things listed above play a roll in this natural cure. It’s not always popping pills maybe really good fish oils, vitamin D, a good liquid vitamin, liquid B complex, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture.  There will be plenty of painful emotions in our life times and if you feel the pain, cry, scream get it out I truly believe we can all live healthier lives by communicating and emoting not masking the problem with pharmaceutical drugs and crippling diseases. The body is in a state of dis-ease, so let’s help ourselves heal with words, action and movement forward in a positive direction.

  I am sure I will get some crazed responses but, before you send them sit with what you just ingested and know that all the above can not happen over night it didn’t for me. Try just giving it a chance. There are also really good nutritionists out there that can be really helpful or do your own research like I did.

As a runner we continually stress our muscles often causing Micro- tears within the muscle fibers as well as a build up of Lactic acid / waste products. Your Muscles need oxygen to function properly and efficiently, nutrients such as amino acids to repair damaged muscle fibers and lymphatic fluid carry waste away from the muscles. Oxygen, nutrients and lymphatic fluid are transported through your body via the blood stream.

Massage Therapy markedly increases your body’s recovery rate by increasing blood flow within your circulatory system so Oxygen arrives faster to the area in need. Amino acids are delivered quickly and the waste products get moved rapidly away from the muscles.

Runner’s muscles are contracted in a relatively shortened range of motion for long periods of time. These tight muscles cause extra strain to be placed on tendons and may result in common injuries like Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendentious, Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Shine Splints. Adhesions that form within the fascial connective tissue surrounding muscle fibers can also cause tightness.

Massage breaks up adhesions as well as broadens and lengthens muscle fibers. Freeing up fascia in and around muscles and creating length within muscles which helps prevent injury because it reduces the stain placed on the tendons. Staying healthy and preventing injury threw Massage lead to improved athletic performance increasing range of motion in the hip, knee and ankle joints by releasing and lengthening leg muscles through Massage can increase stride length, which will, in- turn increase running speed and thus improve performance. Weather you run for stress relief, pure enjoyment or in competition, Massage Therapy can be extremely beneficial and will improve athletic performance.

Plantar Fasciitis pain, occurs on the bottom of the foot because of tight fascia. A sharp pain occurs at the base of the heal and some times the arch. Place both golf ball and or frozen water bottle on the floor and roll the bottom side of your foot back and forth over your Massage tool. Go easy at first and realize this will feel uncomfortable at first because you are breaking up adhesions, so be patient and go easy.

  1. Get those hard to reach areas that need to be Massaged. Take a tennis ball while you are sitting in a hard chair and yes… sit on it! There are a lot of Trigger Points that you can release so experiment. (Trigger Points are areas of pain through out the body. When you go directly into the pain with a tennis ball, golf ball, elbow or Massage tool they release after a few seconds, which is called Trigger Point Therapy. I use this method in your Massage treatment) You can position the ball (Tennis or Golf)against the back of your chair by your shoulder blades and lean into the ball.
  2. Take two balls Tennis or Golf tie them into men’s dress socks as shown in the diagram below. Place knots where they pull the balls close enough together to fit your back so that the balls are on either side of the spine. NOT ON THE SPINE. Locate the area of pain and fix the balls so they are directly on the painful spot and allow your body weight to push into the Trigger Point for relief.