I recently volunteered my massage therapy services at a golf tournament held in Vancouver, http://www.freedom55financialopen.com . It was a rewarding experience as it turned into more massage work than anticipated since there was a major rain delay. The players were pacing anxiously as the tee times kept getting pushed back due to the soggy course conditions. It was a great opportunity to receive a massage, helping the athletes mentally and physically cope with the schedule change. Overuse injuries are quite common in golf, especially due to the unilateral nature of the swing. Most of these golfers adhered to daily preventative exercises and sought out physical therapy for any niggling issues. I was impressed with the golfers knowledge and dedication to treatment, I could see why there were successful in their sport!
I recently joined Magic Places cycling adventures through Europe providing massages to a group of road bike riders. The cyclists were competing in the Tour Transalps, which is a seven day stage race through the mountain passes from Germany to Italy. It is a very challenging event with a total of 880 kilometers and 20,000 meters of elevation gain! My RMT colleague Lesley White and I gave massage therapy treatments to the athletes at the end of each day. We helped speed up their recovery with massage sessions focused on their hard working cycling muscles to get them through the race feeling good. It was a fantastic experience working with such driven and fit individuals, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Magic Places cycling adventures and Lesley White RMT. Looking forward to next year!
This month’s blog post I would like to write about an amazing inspirational athlete, Lina Augaitis. Lina is a friend and massage client of mine, who challenges herself to compete internationally in stand up paddle boarding (SUP). Her race results are amazing, over 15 first place finishes this year! She is ranked number one in the world for flat water SUP racing, all of her hard work has paid off. I can relate as a former elite athlete that leads a very active lifestyle, it is important to train hard, but also incorporate rest and recovery. Massage treatments are beneficial for preventing injuries and facilitating muscles to recover between workouts/events. Even if you are not a high level athlete, a balanced fitness program is essential and recovery with massage therapy is very effective. For Lina, we have also developed a restorative stretching and fascial release plan to use when she is travelling around the world competing. I am proud to be a part of Lina Augaitis’s healthcare team, check out her great blog here: http://linaaugaitis.blogspot.ca