Jonny “Bones” Jones Massage

This was fun, filming the massage for Jon Jones, just before he left for his “media tour” for his next fight, UFC 197 in Las Vegas, April 23.

It’s hard to finish a massage for Jon in less than 90 minutes because his legs, back, neck and arms need plenty of attention. I have been massaging Jon for several years now, and it’s easier to know what an athlete needs after working with them for a good amount of time.

Jon is a great athlete to work with.  Not only is he always kind, thoughtful, playful and respectful, he listens and does his stretching homework between treatments so that massage really helps him recover quicker.

As always, Good luck!!

 

 

 

Kudos to WPBeginners.com

Kudos to WPBeginners.com

i just wanted to write a “Thank you Blog” to WPBeginners.com (WordPress for beginners).  Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 2.22.22 PM

If you use WordPress for your blogging or your website, these guys have a great FREE website with oodles of info. There are many sites with WP info.  I can find my way around this site.

I’ve also found their Facebook page helpful. It’s easy to scroll through all the subjects they have articles on.

The video tutorials are very helpful.  I’ve used several video tutorials on moving pictures, putting galleries in a post (which I’m not great at yet) and some others.

My favorite “kudos”:  I sent an email explaining my issues with moving pictures on my WordPress blog… and I received a reply email within an hour.  Very Cool!  Jeremy gave me links to answer my questions and offered more help if needed.  That impressed me. Thanks for your help, Jeremy. 🙂

Valentines Couples Massage Class!

Come join us for a special Valentines Massage class.

Couples Massage class, a great idea for Valentines Day

Couples Massage class, a great idea for Valentines Day

Friday, February 14, 6:00-9:00 at our beautiful office!!

$80 per couple

Learn to give a simple, nurturing and relaxing massage.  Each of you will receive and learn to give a basic massage.

Give your loved one a gift that will enhance your relationship throughout the year.

Your partner will love you for it.

Includes a wonderful Gift basket!
This is so fun!  We can’t wait to share!
Please call or email early as space is limited!

Includes a 1 hour massage each plus an Awesome GIFT BASKET!

5 Benefits of Massage, by Diane Chase

by Diane Chase, MA, LMT

Diane Chase, MA, LMT, Athletic Touch Therapeutic Massage Therapist

Diane Chase, MA, LMT, Athletic Touch Therapeutic Massage Therapist

5 Benefits of Massage

It was in my mid twenties when I first encountered the ominous sounding

word “stress”

…It was the first time I felt my body communicating something to me that was uncomfortable in the gut, a ‘spastic colon’ as the  doctor diagnosed and gave the prescription for Librium.

Yet the symptoms continued and the stress of solitary  life in a big city, riding the packed and stuffy, gloomy and  glum bus packed full of workers continued to takes its toll.  And there were more scary and stressful incidents there in the city that kept my little self on edge.

If it hadn’t been for  Shiatsu (Acupressure)massage and meditation back there in San Francisco  my life and my health  would have taken another direction entirely. This small example from my  personal history is a constant reminder of how beneficial  are the effects of massage and  the holistic healing arts.

Five of the numerous  benefits of massage  come to mind rolling with R’s to give and indication of how wonderful bodywork can be.

Massage provides an opportunity to:

  1. Relax the tension and aches and pains that accumulate in various parts of the body  from daily living,  athletic training, challenging physical conditions and other circumstances.
  1. Repose, the state of being at rest, free from anxiety, tranquility, to lie supported by something, to stop, to pause.  This definition alone is reason enough to schedule a massage given the varying levels of intensity , immersion and  stimulation we as modern urban people are interacting with on a steady basis.
  1. Remember  that it is a good thing to nurture and support your body’s  sensitive, intelligent lifelong  functioning as an  entity, am operating  system if your will,  that requires care and consideration.  Also, often during a massage  one can literally remember or be reminded of something important or long forgotten that has a chanceto surface  as one enters into a deeper state or zone of relaxation.
  1. To  Receive  allows a person a time frame in which to let go of having to do and  allows the yang aspect  that drives the daily life activities a chance to be harmonized in a yin or receptive posturing and mind state.  To be willing and able to take in the care and skilled touch of a massage  professional to relieve stress is also  learning to balance and harmonize  the dynamics of give and take, of yin and yang.
  1. Restore essential patternings and flows in the body’s circulatory and nervous systems.For example, the blood has a strong muscle to pump and circulate the blood but the lymphatic system which affects our immune system requires movement and exercise to maintain the efficient flows to the lymph glands and ducts.  Massage helps to facilitate and support this movement as well as stimulate the nerve receptors in the skin and reduce ‘stickiness’ or  adhesions in the connective tissue that lead to more muscle tension and stiffness.  Massage restores peace of mind and provides the body necessary time to recharge and restore the vital essence.

The Best Schedule for Injury Care

Massage for injury rehabWhen clients come in with an injury that stops them from playing their sport, they usually want to know when they will be 100%.  And they usually hope you can tell them.  They want anyone to tell them.

They know their body pretty well, and they know how severe or mild their own injury is, so the answer or words they are really hoping to hear is for someone to tell them “out loud” what they are thinking to themselves.

“Oh, this is terrible.  Just terrible.  You are out for 6 weeks or 12 weeks.  Then you’ll be right back where you were before you got hurt.”

We wish it were that easy to know the future of when and/or how fast or slow someone will get back to 100%.

But it’s not that easy.  Every human body is different.  Every injury is different.  Every athlete is different and has unique styles of discipline, rest, recovery, diet, positive self-talk, etc.

Even the exact same doctor performing the exact same ACL replacement has different outcomes.  A different muscle tone before the surgery, different muscle imbalances that probably caused the ACL tear in the first place, etc, etc.

So, when helping athletes, put yourself in their shoes.  Consider their fear of NEVER playing their sport again.  Even with a simple injury, THIS is their main concern.

This is the schedule I usually try for acute injuries: (not the plan for post-surgery)

  • First Session: 1 hour in length, massage with assessment, ice, ice massage, stretches if indicated, refer to doctor if indicated.  You are looking for the specific muscle affected, how hot/swollen it is, is it even safe for you to work on them. After isolating the problem area, assess how much pressure they can handle, how strong of a contraction if any can they make, how much stretching of the area can they handle. Ice the area, and ice massage if tolerated.
  • Next Day, Day 2: 30 minutes in length, quick massage with assessment, ice massage, stretches
  • Next Day, Day 3: 30 minutes, same as yesterday
  • Two Days later, and every 2 days for 2 weeks: 30 minutes, same treatment plan using more pressure as tolerated, adding more stretching as tolerated.  If you are also a personal trainer, add strengthening as tolerated. Start assessing why the injured area is possibly out of balance.  If injury does not improve, or keeps coming back with little activity, send them to a doctor
  • 7 & 14 days after first session: 1 hour in length (in the middle of the 30 min/every other day schedule), massage with assessment, use more pressure as tolerated, ice massage, stretches and start adding opposite areas.  Always check in with the athlete about their workout schedule and how they are feeling, are they back to regular workouts? How is the pain right after the massage? When do they feel best? Worst? What are they doing themselves to help heal? You are looking for the swelling to go down, the heat in the affected area to go away, the pain to go away with pressure and then with action of that muscle, and lastly no pain with both.
  • Next twice per week @ 30 minutes or 1 @ 60 minutes, if they are still hurting, or this is a more serious injury that will take more time, pull back to 2-30 minutes or 1 60 minute session per week, depending on their availability and yours.  Be consistent & show them their progress.

Hope this helps.

 

Orthopedic Massage with Whitney Lowe

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Orthopedic Massage demonstrations

Orthopedic Massage demonstrations

Whitney Lowe’s Orthopedic Massage was well worth the drive to Denver!

The Basics:

There were about 40 people in the class.  The class was 16 hours and yielded 1.6 CEUs for massage therapists.  The hotel classroom was clean and just a bit too small, but it still worked.  The hotel staff were good support of Whitney in a quick technical help if and when he needed them.  They also quietly kept our water, hot coffee and hot water filled and ready for our use.

The Colorado chapter of the AMTA hosted the event and did a nice job of organizing everything.  Kudos to them for collecting so many samples for all the massage therapist’s goodie bags.  Their follow up survey was well worded and they do a good job of including their AMTA members in their chapter.

The Class:

Whitney is a good scholar and has a calm teaching style that invites questions & concerns.  His gentle and humble demeanor  foster a fun & safe environment for learning.  One can’t help but giggling in support of Whitney once he starts talking.

His information is well organized in a very precise book that he wrote about Orthopedic Assessment for Massage Therapists, which has been a helpful resource and was nice to follow along with in class.

After an hour or so of lecturing, we practiced what he was demonstrating with our partner.  My partner,  Jody Foster, from Colorado Springs, was great and helped me understand the information better by figuring questions out together and getting all the movements correct together. I think having a good partner makes a big difference in this type of course because you need each other to learn and teach the movements being taught.  I was thankful that my partner and I were well matched.

The information Whitney taught was easy to remember and use the next week in my office.  I especially liked the psoas stretches, the piriformis pin & stretch, the stripping of the biceps femoris and the different ideas he had about muscle insertions/origins all around the sacrum.

I wish there had been a bit more hands-on learning and a bit more time with Whitney himself, or with a teacher’s aide.  There was only one helper, and an additional helper would have been helpful, in my opinion.

All in all, this was a great class that I highly recommend.  I plan on taking the rest of his series of classes.

Self-Care for Bruises: Our Suggestions

Have a recent bruise? Ouch! We have been through the pain of bruises, too!  We are not doctors, just athletes giving advice on what has worked for us in the past.  Here are some of our suggestions:

First, if you can, put ice in a zip-lock plastic bag, seal it, place a towel over the bruise, then lay the ice on the bruise with the ice touching as much of the effected area as possible.  Elevate the area above your heart (if you can) and leave the ice on for about 10 minutes.  Don’t put the ice bag directly on the skin. Let the area warm up again, then more ice for 10 minutes.  If you are at a tournament, away from home, and what is available is the instant ice packs from a first-aide kits, these work great, and sometimes don’t need anything between them and the skin.

Next, take some Homeopathic Arnica, which is for bruising or over exertion. 4 tablets under your tongue.  Take 4 tablets every 20 minutes for 2 hours, then back off to 4 tablets every hour, then 4 tablets every 4 hours.

Also, apply Homeopathic Arnica salve.  There are many brand, we tend to use Hylaands brand, then Traumeel.

If you believe your bone was also bruised, we would also suggest using Homeopathic Symphytum which is for bone healing.

After 24 hours you can also heat it, then ice it.  Start and end with ice. You could ice the area, take a shower or bath, then ice again, for example.

After 48 hours you can start doing ice massage.  For ice massage, place a towel under your leg/arm, rub a big piece of ice directly on the skin of the effected area with a 3 inch radius around the area. Use a 2nd towel to blot up the drips of water melting off the ice.

Once the skin is red, put the ice aside, pat the area dry, and use a bit of oil or lotion to massage towards the heart.  Use slow, medium pressure strokes.  Try to massage the most tender area first. Use enough pressure to break edema up, yet not to cause any more pain or bruising. This takes some practice.  Best to use caution, so if you think you may be causing more pain, use less pressure!

Once the skin is warm again, stop your massage.

Rest is crucial.  Depending on how deep and severe your bruise is, without rest, it can cause permanent damage.

A broken bone does not hurt as much as a sprain or some deep bruises, so if you don’t get better soon, go see your doctor!

My Kids Discovered Roller Skating

Rollerskating 101

First, it was a birthday party at the roller skating rink, for which they were intimidated and worried.  It didn’t help that it was packed with families, we had to fight for parking, and as we waited to find our birthday party there was a team of fire fighters rolling a teenage girl out on a stretcher and another young girl with ice on her head.  I can’t say I was too excited for my kids to jump into this environment after witnessing our first 2 minutes of injuries.

We found our birthday party, then put our skates on.  My kids couldn’t stand up and looked like young fawns learning to walk.  I was trying to stop myself from laughing out loud while helping them keep their composure at the same time.  My arms were sore for days. Plus, I was no expert myself, bent over and awkward, pulling from my ’80’s disco roller skating muscle memory.  We were quite the site that day.

After about 20 minutes of falling with every 3rd step, each of the kids got the hang of it and let go of me and the wall.  By the end of the 2 hour session, they were both going laps without falling.  Now, several weeks later, with our own rollerblades now, and they are joining the “speed skating” competition and doing laps around me.

Jake is now on the Roller Hockey Team for Kindergarten-2nd Graders, and Elizabeth wants to start in the Fall.

What’s great about roller skating, is that the kids are so worn out afterwards, that it’s a guaranteed break for me when we get home.  Or, more honestly, a sure nap for all of us when we get home.  Also, unfortunately, it’s also a sure thing for my son to have blisters.