I know what you’re thinking! How does watching Texas Ranger’s player Shin-Soo Chin warm up before a game relate to massage? When we think of massage therapy training, we think of traditional schooling, and maybe of books and trade journals – but that’s not what solved a huge problem for me. What a-ha moment did I get from watching a Rangers game? Well, I’m going to tell you!
My plantar fasciitis was a huge pain and nothing I was doing helped! We’re conditioned to live in pain and I was determined to take care of my plantar fasciitis on my own since I’m a massage therapist. What I was doing was helping, but not completely. Then it hit me while I was watching one of the trainers help Shin-Soo Chin stretch out his hips. The trainer wasn’t going easy on Shin-Soo’s sore spot – he was making him stretch further than he was able to on his own.
The combination of stretching and massage works even better than traditional massage alone! I bought some stretchy bands and I really began to stretch my calves further than I could have unassisted. I added some calf stretches using the wall, and continued getting massages a few times a month (in addition to some self massage I had been doing) and after a few weeks, I had no more heel pain!
Now I add stretching to a lot of massages I give! Because I know how helpful stretching is, I add it to many of the 90 minute massages I give. Before every session, my client and I discuss what’s ailing them and I use that information as a guide to give them a relaxing AND therapeutic massage.
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