Stretch yourself before you wreck yourself

Question….how often do you work out?  1 day a week?  2?  5?

Now another question….how often do you stretch?

I’m guessing not nearly as much, am I right?

So many times we put the emphasis on getting an intense workout in, and leaving it all on the floor.  From a grueling Crossfit WOD to setting a personal best for a run, or on the other end of the spectrum, we have some people that don’t incorporate enough movement into their day.  So stretching is totally out of the question.

Now, I could go on and on, and on some more about the types of stretching, why it’s important, how to do it, etc., but for the sake of keeping things simple, I’m going to talk about a few of the stretching techniques and modalities that I offer here at Royal Oak Massage.

Fascial Stretch Therapy:  Designed by Chris and Ann Frederick, this is one of the most effective and unique manual treatment therapy approaches.  It is designed to be done one on one between you (the client) and me (the massage therapist).  It is not a painful treatment at all and can be a great stand alone service as well as an enhancement to your training routine (whatever that may be).

LifeStretch: Also designed by Chris and Ann Frederick, this is a multi-faceted approach to myofascial stretching.  It can be done one on one or in a group class and incorporates the ‘stretch wave’ that moves across multiple planes of movement.

Lokte Method:  This unique approach to connective tissue release is extremely effective and quick to deliver results!  I have helped to alleviate 6 months of shoulder pain in a 5-10 minute treatment, as well as helped clients with their plantar fasciitis pain.  This is a must try for anyone who is suffering from limited range of motion, mobility issues, shoulder impingements, migraines, whiplash, sciatic pain and more.

And don’t think that you have to come in for an appointment for relief.  There are tons of self care options for you to do at home.  Take a yoga or pilates class, start incorporating Yoga Tune Up balls into your daily routine, or be on the lookout for my self care guide that will be coming out soon!  Stretching doesn’t have to be anything super involved or time consuming, but you should be doing SOMETHING with it daily.  Especially if you are a cubicle dweller or in any profession that doesn’t involve much movement.

In good hands,

Rebecca Tamm, LMT