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

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!

 

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!