Hi everyone, sorry I have been “mia” for a while but I promise to make it up.

A few days ago I conducted an interview with Patricia Smith, a massage therapist in Texas. After a session with her your muscles literally goes “ahhhhhhhhh”.

Here is the interview:

1. What got you interested in massage therapy?

I am a strong advocate of living a balanced life. Love of body in terms of eating clean nutrient based foods, exercise and the power of massage.
Love of spirit being present for family, friends and clients.

2. What are the benefits of massage?

There is no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage can be a powerful ally in your health care regimen.

* Decreased anxiety
* Enhanced sleep quality
* Greater energy
* Improved concentration
* Increased circulation
* Reduced fatigue

3. What are the main problem areas in runners?

For consistent runners the repetitive motion of the sport wears on Calves, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, I.T. Band and the Lumbar area.

4. How is massage especially beneficial for runners /athletes ?

Massage helps athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from strenuous workouts.

Massage helps to stretch weak and tight muscles. Massage helps to relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.

5. Why do you offer water after a massage?

Two reasons come to mind:

Massage stimulates lymph flow (the body’s drainage system). Drinking water will aid in the process of elimination.
Deep tissue massage will push possible lactic acid build up and toxins out. It will also aid in keeping muscles hydrated to prevent soreness.

Thanks Patricia.

See you tonight for another post.

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