Recently I joined a group of amazing athletes for a training camp held in Thousand Oaks, California. B78 coaching and Human Powered Racing organized a challenging start to 2016 with miles of hills to cycle up and down! I rode with the group, then set up my massage table for a few treatments at the end of the day. One important lesson from the camp was that your body is your most essential tool when it comes to training. It doesn’t matter how fancy your bike gear is if you are dehydrated and fighting through chronic injuries. Massage therapy helps with recovery from workouts, especially if you are pushing the limits of your physical capabilities with an Ironman triathlon training plan. I recommend taking care of your hard working muscles by scheduling regular massage sessions, not waiting until you feel too sore. Working with a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) to develop a treatment plan is the perfect way to maximize your training and racing results!
Approximately 60% of our bodies are made up of water, our brain is almost 80% water! The majority of this water is held in our cells for a multitude of functions. Water is required for transport of nutrients, digestion and elimination, joint lubrication, and temperature regulation. Although technically water does not provide energy, it helps fuel our cells with oxygen and we feel better when hydrated. There is not necessarily a magic number for how much water we should drink, it depends on a few factors such as body size and activity level. I recommend my clients always try to consume enough water prior to a massage, it helps with the elasticity and pliability of their skin and muscles. Basically we should be mindful of drinking enough water throughout the day, it is a simple way to keep our bodies running smoothly!
Do you know what the biggest organ of your body is? Your skin! Massage therapists are very in tune with skin and how we can help improve your health through our touch. The skin plays a major role in protection as it the first layer of defense and immunity. Skin also helps regulate our temperature, produces vitamin D from ultraviolet light, provides sensory feedback, and plays a role in nutrient exchange. Massage is beneficial for increasing blood flow to the skin and gently stimulating the nervous system, resulting in a nice healthy glow!
The winter season is here and for the West coast it means time to play in the snow on the mountains! This is also the time of year when I see many clients limping in for their massage appointments with injuries from their winter activities. Two simple ways to prevent aches and pains are warming up and staying hydrated. Typically warming up is non existent for snow sports, however even a few bodyweight squats or yoga postures beforehand are beneficial. Waking up your nervous system and getting the blood flowing to your muscles will help your body perform the movement patterns you want to do on the slopes. Also, drinking water throughout the your day is important for keeping you hydrated and proper muscle function. For example, you wouldn’t go for a four hour hike without drinking water, so why would you try to snowboard all afternoon without water?!? If you do happen to sustain an injury from your snow sport adventures, massage therapy will help relieve pain and restore function. In my sessions I will create a personalized treatment plan to help get you back out there having fun on the mountains!