This weeks nugget of information is all about Sports Massage!
Who? More than just athletes. In fact, a sports massage can often be the best fit for a person with limited time, only have 30 min? Stay clothed and don’t worry about lotions or oils. This work can be done through your regular clothes.
When? Often! Because this work can be done fully clothed / or in workout clothes, it is simple to pop in (appointments suggested). It is not uncommon to see people who train fairly consistently and intensely weekly for a 30 min Pre/Post Workout massage.
Why? Well… that is simple, because we are all human and have aches and pains that can be eliminated or reduced by massage.
How? In sports massage, the strokes are generally faster than a typical Swedish massage and may also include compression, trigger point therapy, friction, and joint mobilization.
Sports Massage 101
Do you have to be a hard core athlete to get a sports massage? No. The idea behind sports massage is to manipulate the body’s soft tissues, and focus on certain muscle groups depending on which sport someone is playing. This type of massage can help with increased blood flow, increased range of motion, and increased flexibility. Designed to prevent and treat injuries, improve flexibility, and enhance athletic performance, sports massage can be used by athletes of all abilities to prepare for or recover from athletic or sports events. Even if you aren’t an athlete, sports massage may help muscle pain or restricted range of motion.
Fun Holidays this Week:
July 29: National Lasagna Day – Mmmmm. Try this recipe. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/23600/worlds-best-lasagna/
July 30: International Day of Friendship – According to the United Nations, today is day set aside to promote friendship among peoples, cultures and countries. It is a day of respect for others and a day to celebrate diversity.
August 3: National Watermelon Day – Here are some surprising watermelon recipes for you to try. http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/g2883/watermelon-recipes/
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:
Mint Watermelon Water
- 4 cups seedless watermelon, slightly mashed
- 5 sprigs of mint leaves, muddled
Add watermelon and mint to a pitcher of water. Refrigerate 2-4 hours to chill and infuse.