Our Favorite Stretch

If you don’t have a ball, you can lay on the ground. Or, you can do a side bend…but the ball works best.

Try this stretch for aching in your neck, shoulder, arm or low back. The key is to point and push your big toe into the ground. This will help stretch your hip away from your shoulder which gives a great stretch.

Start by sitting on the ball, turning on your side with your hip pointing toward the ceiling. Push your upper toe into the ground, and try to place it as far behind you as possible.

Next, reach your arm over your head.

Try to get the most distance between your hip bone and your shoulder. Twist your chest toward the ceiling, then away–looking down–to get the best range of stretching from this position.

This is by far my favorite stretch and the most requested by my clients.

Does it work for you? If not, what is aching on you? Maybe we can come up with a better stretch for you. Email me.Image

Massage is Great for Soccer

Soccer Ball

Soccer is a rough sport, causing many bruises and sore muscles.  Bruises can be worked out with massage, either from a massage therapist, or by yourself.  Check out the article “Self Care of Bruises” in another article.

Soccer players use many specific muscles for shooting or different types of kicks that can leave the body sore and tired.

You, as a soccer player, use your lower back to extend (lift) your leg behind you in order to kick or shoot.  The higher your leg, the more of your muscle is working.  On the flip side, the front of your body needs to balance you and stabilize your leg.

Massage for Soccer Players is great for this reason: it pinpoints those areas that sometimes won’t relax after practice or a game/tournament. Our goal is to ease the pain of the bruises and relax the areas of powerful  spurts, ie. your legs, back, glutes and neck.  Deep massage on these areas can really give you relief.  And, not only does massage help the body heal 50% faster than rest alone, it can get you back to playing your hardest faster as well.

Stretching and massaging the front of the body are usually the key for allowing the back and legs to relax.  The front stomach and hip flexor muscles are usually over worked on most soccer players, and the front muscles being tight will keep the low back and glutes tight.

If you are pressed for time, or you just can’t get a massage therapist, then stretching is the next best thing…besides a week of rest.

Stretching forward to relieve your back pain is one way, but we suggest also stretching your abs, your psoas major and all your hip flexors along with your rectus abdominus and obliques.

Check out the “Rainbow Stretch” in the stretching section of our website or “My Favorite Stretch” in the blog articles.  This is one of the best stretches for soccer players.