Pregnancy Massage: differences?

I was recently asked what was different about a pregnancy massage to a ‘normal’ remedial massage. Well, the simple answer is, at first glance, not much; but there are a number of key differences which make it a markedly different treatment. You use (on the whole) the same techniques, treat the client with the same respect, and can gain amazing results with such things as reducing joint pressure due to tight muscles, decreasing swelling and water retention and improving blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. A massage during pregnancy can help alleviate some of the stress and strain that the body … Continue reading

Burpees and bakers

The day of rest yesterday (planned, I might add), was definitely a good idea, and my knee is no longer hurting as it was on Friday. Ibuprofen, ice, lymphatic drainage from the area, and some massage around the quads to help the muscle tissue relax and get rid of waste products = ready for action. I didn’t want to completely rupture anything this time – so just going easy this morning. Power endurance- breathing ladder. Burpees 1-12-1. The original idea was just to go 1-20, but by about 11 I was twinging on the left knee, and not wanting to … Continue reading

yep- me knee

After liberal icing, compression and elevation yesterday, along with lymphatic drainage, it seems that this morning I have slight inflammation of the patella ligament (lateral portion).Despite jumping in a cold bath after yesterdays squatting efforts, my glutes and hamstrings are feeling it this morning.I think the answer is more ice… and longer in the bath. So, the TGUs are out for today, I dont want to be putting pressure on the knee in any way shape or form, I imagine that its a good idea to blow out the hill training tomorrow as well, replacing it with a workout which … Continue reading

oooh, me knee!

After a workout involving squatting, tractor tyre flipping and squat thrusts, my right knee is slightly swollen and tender under the lateral portion of the patella. Its not an impact injury, so I suspect that my biomechanics might be a bit off when I do split squats. I’ve come about to this thought because without an impact, the knee really cant do that much wrong on its own. It’s when it is put out of alignment by other structures in the body- either the one below it – the ankle/foot, or the one above it – the hip – that … Continue reading

Recovery Day

I’ve been told by a good source that there’s no such thing as overtraining, just under-recovery. So, in my training plan which Tim helped me create, today is noted as a Recovery Day. It’s not the same as a Rest Day (generally no activity).  Today’s recovery is aimed at getting blood moving around the body, recovering from previous training sessions and getting my body in to a good place to be able to train better/harder/faster/more efficient in the coming days. The idea in my turbo session was to keep the HR down and be able to hold a conversation – … Continue reading

Match with the Locals

After being called up to help out with Glossop North End the other day, I went along to provide massage support for them in one of their last games of the season. The Physio isn’t generally able to come for mid-week games, so I went along to help out. After arriving early I headed into the changing room- just a room with a physio couch in the middle, and a few bags with a variety of sprays, tapes and bits and pieces in them. After looking through them all, I managed to mix and match the supplies into a bag … Continue reading