If you're not including sports massage in your training plan you're shortchanging your performance. Whether you're an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, sports massage can prepare your body for athletic activity, help maintain it in optimal condition, and help prevent injuries. Whether you're a golfer, tennis player, or runner, you can benefit from sports massage.
Have you ever tried to dance without listening to the beat of the music? The body naturally works to its own rhythm. The more we are able to attune to that beat, the better we feel. Your daily life, like dancing, can only truly work when you listen to the beat of your body. Fail in this and your body will build up tension and stress that reduces your ability to achieve peak performance.
That's the role of massage. It creates a space where you can focus on you and release the tensions that day to day life builds up and leaves behind. The outcome is simple, to reintegrate with your inner rhythm.
I try to get a massage on a regular basis, and I've been to many different massage therapists. Your massage was by far the best! I really felt pampered and cared for. What's so amazing to me is how a big tough guy like you can give such a tender and sensitive massage. I can't thank you enough. What a great afternoon. There's something very spiritual about your work. I really appreciate it and you.
Massage from Mike is among the best gifts I have ever given myself. His touch is warm but firm. I have been seeing him for over a year now for everything from relaxation to recovery from an injury I suffered, always with great results.
You've turned off your cell phone and disrobed in the changing area, hung your clothes, and found a clean robe, towel, washcloth, and variety of bath products. You took a leisurely shower. Feeling relaxed, you are invited to the massage room where the table is covered with fresh, clean linens. Aromatherapy diffuser perfumes the air. Meditative music is playing softly. You choose from a variety of massage oils or cream to enhance your experience. You remove your robe and climb onto the table face down, and cover yourself with the drape folded at the foot of the table, placing your head into the adjustable cradle.
You are comfortable on the hydraulic massage table that can be raised and lowered to achieve the exact amount of pressure needed to work into your muscles. I enter and we discuss your questionnaire. I remind you that the only dumb question is the one that was never asked. I explain that the purpose of the massage is to provide stress relief, pain control and relaxation and that you always have control of the session and can always say "stop." I begin by using a series of movements starting with your head, shoulders, arms, torso, hips, legs and feet. The purpose of the movements is to assess the level of resistance to my pressure. After the movements I may ask additional questions and together we will arrive at the course the massage will take.
You breathe in as I release pressure and out as I apply pressure. I will first concentrate my attention on the areas we discussed. After that, you will receive a full body massage. As each major body area is completed you will be toweled with a heated towel and then wrapped with it. You are relaxed and may even fall asleep. Nothing to be embarrassed about - I consider it a compliment if my client falls asleep. Don't worry about anything. This time is all about you!
As we come to the final five minutes of the massage, I begin to wake you up with more invigorating movements. By the end of the massage you should feel relaxed and invigorated and ready to face the rest of the day. As you finish your massage, I give you bottle of water and you drink the whole bottle and maybe another. After the massage you are welcome to relax and enjoy another shower to remove any excess oil.
Lotus Touch brand organic massage oil: When mind and muscles are weary, try a little tenderness with a silky massage oil drenched in healing herbs. Breathe in the calming bouquets of lavender, cardamom and nutmeg, the woodsy aroma of juniper to revive the spirit; and rosemary, an ancient medicinal whose touch relieves aching muscles and whose scent sharpens thought.
Lotus Touch brand organic massage cream: Unscented cream that allows smooth glide and exceptional friction control.
Medicine Flower brand Sacred Sage massage oil: White Sage and Cedar have been used for thousands of years to purify living areas, ceremonial spaces and healing rooms. White Sage handpicked in the high desert mountains and other sacred herbs are blended in this unique blend to create balance and harmony.
The Massage Store brand Sport hydrasperse oil: Contains Safflower oil, Sesame oil, Octyl Palimitate, PEG-40, Sorbitan, Peroleate, Sweet almond oil, Grapeseed oil, Avocado oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Tocopherol. With Clove leaf oil, Bay oil, and Cinnamon oil for Fragrance.
The Massage Store brand Unscented massage oil: Pure blend of massage oils without scent.
I also use a variety of lotions including Sacred Earth Botanicals: Vegan Massage lotion. This is a dimethicone- and paraben- free product that is hypoallergenic and does not use any nut oils. It uses as many certified organic ingredients as possible (currently, no standards are in place for body care products to be certified organic by the USDA).