Boston Voyager Magazine Interview

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Check it out, I’ve been interviewed by Boston Voyager Magazine!  It is a great way to discover small local businesses and entrepreneurs, I am honored to be a part of it!

Here is the link below:

Boston Voyager Interview

Thank You Veterans!

 

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As a special thank you in honor of Veterans Day, we are offering free 30 minute massages for retired and active duty military. You also have the option to upgrade to a 1 hour massage for only $40!  This event will be held on Tuesday, November 11th.  Book now, as a limited number of slots are available!

Call, text or email to schedule an appointment or for more details.

781-780-2480

gameon@gameontherapeutix.com

Please come in uniform (we’d love to get your photo for our Facebook page) or bring your military ID or other proof of service.

 

Study Shows Massage Heals Muscles!

Let the healing begin!

Let the healing begin!

 

I came across a study that I’d love to share with you because educated clients are the best kind of clients! You can go directly to the related articles linked below if you’d like. Or stick around, and I will do my best to outline the important points of this study.

How Massage Heals Muscles – The New York Times

Massage’s Mystery Mechanism Unmasked – Science

Now let’s talk about the study, which was published in Science Translational Medicine. It came about because Mark Tarnopolsky, a neurometabolic researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, suffered a severe hamstring injury in a water skiing accident. The massage therapy he received did such a great job relieving his pain that was determined to find out why.

In the study, test subjects had a tissue sample taken from their quadriceps muscles (that’s the thigh muscle), and then participated in an intense cycling session. Ten minutes after their workout, one of their legs was massaged. Then researchers took two more tissue samples, one 10 minutes after the massage, and one 3 hours after the workout.  The genetic profiles of each sample were then compared.

There were clear differences in samples of the massaged legs vs. the un-massaged legs. The massaged legs had had three times less of NFkB, which turns on genes associated with inflammation. They also had 30% more of a gene called PGC-1alpha, which helps muscle cells build mitochondria. In case you forgot your biology, Mitochondria make energy. Mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouses of the cells, as they generate the energy that our cells need to do their jobs. They are pretty important little buggers!

So what the heck does all this mean?

These results suggest that massage suppresses the inflammation that follows exercise while promoting faster healing.

To summarize:

  • Massage turns on genes that help muscles heal
  • Massage turns off genes associated with inflammation

If you beat on your body in sports or at the gym you should definitely be making regular massage a part of your post-exercise recovery routine.  And nothing fuels you through a workout like knowing you will be enjoying a massage after all your hard work!

 

Golf Pros: Where Have All the Golfers Gone? Retaining Clients in a Sport on the Decline

bw golfFor the game of golf, the statistics are pretty bleak:

  • 400,000 players left the game in 2013 (National Golf Foundation)
  • 200,000 of those players were under 35 (National Golf Foundation)
  • 2013 marked the 8th straight year that more courses closed than opened (National Golf Foundation)
  • US golfers played 462 million rounds of golf in 2013, the fewest since 1995 (Golf Datatech)
  • 61% of golfers are over 50 years old (National Golf Foundation)

What does this mean for golf pros?

  • You have fewer new clients
  • You have fewer younger clients
  • Your current clients are older and are facing declining physical health

So what can you do? Grab ahold of that 61% of older golfers and keep them in the game for as long as possible. How can you do that? Develop a relationship with a skilled massage therapist and you will have an invaluable resource for your clients. But not all massage therapists are alike, so take the time to find one that has specialized training in treating sports specific issues and prescribing corrective exercises. In fact, there are many massage therapists who have golf specific training and certification. If you express an interest in developing a referral relationship, most therapists will provide you with a complementary sample session, so you can see what kind of service your clients can expect. Do your homework and due diligence and your clients will reap the rewards.

Refer your clients early and often, before the inevitable loss of mobility or injury occurs. With consistent massage therapy and corrective exercises your clients will gain and retain mobility, stability and flexibility. They will function better, be easier to teach and see more results, allowing you to focus on teaching the skills you love to teach without worrying about physical restrictions.

It’s a win-win for you AND your clients.

5 Ways Massage Will Help Your Golf Game

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There are many muscular restrictions that can get in the way of your golf game.  Receiving massages on a regular basis keeps those muscles loose and relaxed, so you can focus on your game – not your pain.

 

 

 

Here are 5 ways massage will help your golf game:

 

1.  Relaxes the hip and glute muscles, allowing the hips to fully rotate and the pelvis to fully pivot over the leg.

2.  Relaxes the shoulder muscles, allowing the shoulders to fully rotate around the spine.

3.  Relaxes the spinal and abdominal muscles, allowing the torso to fully rotate.

4.  Relaxes the glute and thigh muscles, preventing knee pain.

5.  Relaxes the forearm muscles, preventing golfer’s elbow pain.

 

The next time you have a frustrating and disappointing round of golf, try a massage instead of new equipment or a round of lessons.  The solution just may be easier than you think!

The Time is Now!

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Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time,” is like saying, “I don’t want to.”
~ Lao Tzu

The Time is Now!

Put yourself and your well-being first, for once.

Now that summer is winding down, it’s time to look at what you what to accomplish before the end of the year.

Take the time to improve your golf or tennis game.
Make the time to finally address that nagging pain.
Carve out some time that’s just about YOU.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

What’s the common denominator here? Time. We all never seem to have enough of it. But the truth is, it’s up to us to make the time for ourselves because it will never magically appear. Jobs, kids, household responsibilities and just plain life will get in the way. Every. Single. Time.

I understand how hard it is, I don’t have a lot of time either. In addition to my “real” job I’m working hard to get Game On Therapeutix up off the ground with a solid client base. My dream is to be able to spend my days doing what I love and helping you all in the process.  None of this leaves a lot of time for me.

But I recently took steps to improve my own health and well-being and I can’t believe I waited so long. Why did I do it? It finally occurred to me if I didn’t do this for myself, nobody was going to do it for me. I needed to do it for myself.

You need to do it for YOURself!

What do YOU need?

To rectify a physical limitation that’s affecting your golf or tennis game
To address that painful lower back, or knee, or hip, etc.
Or just a full body sports massage

It’s up to you to do it!

Put yourself and your well-being first, for once!

A Clarification & A Confession of Sorts

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We are in the process of re-branding our website, and we will soon be debuting some new business cards.  There wasn’t a whole lot wrong with the old ones, except for the fact nobody knew what the heck “Integrated Manual Therapy” meant.  Point well taken, and the adjustments are being made.  In an effort to distinguish ourselves from the “massage mills” we used a term that, although it exists within the massage professional community, most clients don’t get it at all. 

Now that we are Game On Therapeutix Golf & Tennis Orthopedic Massage, I think it better explains not only the scope of our practice, but our typical client as well. So does that mean no baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, skiing or snowboarding athletes? Or someone who is not athletic as all? Of course not, we treat everyone!  But we specialize in treating golfers and tennis players, and have made it a point to educate ourselves to that end. So where is the confession part, you ask? Well here goes…we purposefully avoided the term “massage”, because we were afraid you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a “massage mill” massage and what we do here.  You have proven us wrong with your praise and patronage.  And for that, we are ever grateful!

In addition, we will be adding a QR code to our new business cards which will link to this blog.  Originally the idea was to link the QR code to a page that would only display a QR quote of the day (or week, depending upon my level of ambition).  But after encountering some tech difficulties, and realizing how much people like quotes, we have decided to integrate the QR quotes into the blog page.  So occasionally, the blog post will just be a quote instead of a full-fledged blog post.  Some will be relevant, and some will be irrelevant, and some will be irreverent; but hopefully they will all be funny and/or useful.  We hope you like the changes!