Are you an “Athletic Adult”, someone who participates in marathons or Ironmans, routinely run 13 miles or bike for hours? And, have you ever wondered why your muscles are getting tight, stiff, sore. Have you ever wondered why you’re less flexible and have less range of motion, especially as you get a little bit older. Let me tell you why that is!
I have been a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist now since 2004. I worked with Raleigh Orthopedics, a large orthopedic clinic here in Raleigh, North Carolina. I also worked for six years with Carolina Hurricanes, a professional hockey team in Raleigh and with NC State athletic department for roughly 12 years.
Christina is also trained and has worked as a neuromuscular massage since 2004. Her passion and focus is in the field of manual lymph drainage. Christina also loves to teach. She has a masters in Education and taught for 12 years before entering the wellness field. She brings that experience into her love of teaching wellness education.
Christina and I have had our own massage business here in Raleigh since 2006, and we’ve owned our own business since 2004. Christina and I have worked on a wide range of clients, from primary schools, (middle school, and high school athletes), to collegiate athletes, to professional athletes, to semi-professional athletes to very highly motivated athletic adults.
The common theme that keeps on popping up is that athletes just don’t have a basic understanding of their muscles. And muscles are what they’re working on and they’re trying to make stronger. Unfortunately, they don’t have an basic understanding of what the muscles does, where the muscles are, how to take care of their muscles, and why their muscles are getting tighter.
The main question our clients ask is, “why are we getting tighter and tighter”. They keep working out harder and harder and they keep getting tighter and tighter and tighter. And with that comes more soreness.
So we feel there is a need for basic anatomy, Just a very simple understanding of where the muscles are, what they do, how to take care of them and how to use self-care tools effectively.
One thing we noticed over the years, and we think most of you would agree with this is that athletics has tremendously increased in its intensity over the years, If you think about how many athletic adults are doing marathons and triathlons and Iron Man. It’s just amazing and it’s a great thing! But many of those people don’t have a support team, they just have themselves. Most athletic adults don’t have a physical therapist on their team, they don’t have a trainer on their team, and they don’t have an orthopeadic surgeon on their team. Very few people have that support.
Even when you look at middle school and high school, they’re training and competing at a level that college students used to 10 years ago. Collegiate athletes are training at a levels that professionals would have trained at 10 years ago. If you’re looking at professional, even semi-professionals, it’s crazy! The intensity in training and competition is increasing, but the self-care, the knowledge of your muscles, how to be a good self-advocate, is not increasing at the same level.j
What we’re passionate about is helping the athletic adult to have a better understanding of their muscles; where they’re located, their function, and how to take care of them. We are looking at the basics. We not replacing your PT, your doctor or trainer. Our focus is to help you to become a better self-advocate. To be more familiar with your muscles and how they work and how to take care of them. Knowing the basics will help you to have a better understanding of what your PT or Training is suggesting. If an injury does occurs you’re going to be in a much better place, because you will have more knowledge of whats going on and this allows you to take an active role in your rehabilitation. This will also be beneficial as you are training, and competing. If there’s an issue you can decide if it is something you can handle or if a professional need to address it.
We feel this makes you a much better athlete, a more knowledgeable athlete and a much stronger self-advocate.
This is why we created the Ultimate Foam Roller Blue Print for you – to give you self care tools and a basic understanding of how your muscles work.
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To Your Healthy Steps,
Brian and Christina Hagan