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“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

– Dr. Seuss

Some experts claim that stretching is a bad idea and they aren’t wrong! If you stretch too much or attempt to stretch without the right goals or proper instruction, it could lead to disastrous outcomes. Most people are unaware of the components of good stretching. Determining goals and learning what type of stretching that works best for you are most important to avoid pain and injury.

Stretching can not only prevent injury but help to promote health and wellness.

Stretching can not only prevent injury but help to promote health and wellness.

The 2 main goals to consider when stretching are whether you want to just prep the muscles for strenuous activity or whether you would like to lengthen the muscles to increase range of motion and improve movement? If you are getting ready for a work out or about to do strenuous activity the type of stretching that would be better suited for you would be Ballistic, which involves bouncing , or a short duration static stretches, which involves holding a stretch for a short period of time. You also want to make sure that you are stretching target muscles that you will be utilizing. If you are looking to improve your range of motion and optimize movement while recorrecting your posture, then you would be more suited to visit a specialist that can help teach you Static, Active Isolated, and/or PNF stretching that would include the proper movements, adequate amounts of pressure and durations, and tips to avoid overstretching.
The idea behind stretching, either for activity prep or for increasing range of motion, is to avoid injury. Stretching increases blood flow to the area which increases localized temperature making the muscle fibers more pliable and easier to reduce muscular tension. The increase in blood flow also brings nutrients to the area that assists in the recovery of muscle tissue from activity and injury. With benefits like that, it should be an easy choice that stretching is a good move, but remember to stretch smart and stretch well. Always remember to seek professional advice on stretching from professionals such as chiropractors, massage therapist, personal trainers, and rehab specialists!

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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

With Spring upon us and Summer right around the corner the temperatures are getting more desirable and the days are longer which prompts so many of us to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Some of us enjoy laying on the beach or being out on a boat, while others of us enjoy more intense recreation such as hiking, biking, kayaking, surfing, kiteboarding, and rock climbing to name a few. What ever way that we choose to enjoy the outdoors there is a chance of injury. If we choose to layout on the beach or boat we run the risk of sunburn and if we choose the more intense activities we run a higher risk for injuries including strains, sprains, and other muscle related mishaps. Preventative maintenance is our best option to avoid any pain and discomfort. For possible sunburns it’s easy, sunscreen. For possible injuries, let’s look towards therapeutic massage.
The main causes of most injuries related to outdoor activities are minor traumas, lack of preparation, lack of flexibility, and overused muscles. All of these causes can be easily limited through therapeutic massage whether it is for recovery or preventative maintenance. Therapeutic massage offers a combination of stretching, sports massage, and even strengthening exercises. Stretching and massage offers a way to increase our blood flow and our range of motion. Increasing our blood flow is a great way to not only warm up our muscles and make them pliable, but also to efficiently deliver nutrients and
remove wastes allowing for a quicker recovery. A quicker recovery means that we get back to the fun in the sun sooner! Strengthening exercises are great ways to keep us in a good posture and at a higher level of fitness to enjoy our outdoor activities. All three parts to therapeutic massage add up to a perfect way to avoid possible injuries.
Whether you are paddling out surfing, reaching far rock climbing, peddling faster biking, flying high kite boarding, or going the distance hiking keep in mind that the best way to avoid injuries and have the optimum enjoyment of the great outdoors is by being prepared through preventative maintenance. It may seem like a little much just to keep up with your activities but the rewards of being able to participate more often in better health and fitness are well worth your time and efforts.

“Twice and thrice over,  as they say,  good is it to repeat and review what is good”

-Plato

 

So the end of the year is upon us and for many this is a time to reflect and review. I like to take this opportunity to review for a moment, but not for the whole year just the holiday. So much went on this past year that it would make this BLOG way too long. This holiday season was one of the best ever for my career and I would like to thank all my amazing clients for their loyalty and support in helping make DEFINED: Therapeutic Massage and the Healthy U radio show so successful.

Social media marketing has proven to be a great way to promote the benefits of massage therapy to the local market here in Charleston, SC. In December, I have received more NEW clients than any other month this past year.  To all my new clients, welcome to the D:TM family.  Speaking of welcoming to the family, I am pleased to announce the sponsorship of 2 local athletes! Jen Kryzanowski is a local triathlete looking to  hit the ranks Professional in 2013 and with her dedication and perseverance combined with the recovery of therapeutic massage, we are optimistic to hit that goal this year! Pete Kaasa is a amateur professional wrestler who has recently auditioned for WWE and is utilizing the many benefits of therapeutic massage to fine tune his skills and slam in to the industry! I am honored to be working with these athletes and can’t wait to help them achieve their goals!

On my personal fitness goals, I have been keeping up with workouts and even accepted a workout challenge on Christmas morning.

As a result of this challenge, I was able to raise for several charities including The Lymphoma & Leukemia Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, as  well as several other charities! Thank you to all of those who made the donations! YOU ROCK! If you would like to make any donations,  please do and email me the amount and what charity you donated to so that you can be recognized properly. Thank you in advance!

2013 holds  a lot for DEFINED: Therapeutic Massage as I am looking to expand  into retail and the distribution of  Biofreeze, China Gel, Foam Rollers, and Visalus products. I look forward to helping as many people move, feel, & BE better. To all of you out there, Have a very Happy New Year!

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