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Monday, August 1, 2016

RIO 2016 - 1 Week In

My massage table & work station

Entrance to Sports Med

The signage here is so MOTO!

Covered walk way heading to Sports Med

Amanda & I at the base of Christ The Redeemer

View from the base of the statute

There are 172 stairs total, we climb them  daily

Selfie with a downward view

Well, here it is officially 1 (one) week being in RIO and gearing up for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games.  Its been exciting along with the challenges of getting into a couple of routines.  Things like; what athletes are on the compound and when are their practices?  How many additional athletes & coaches show up each day and where do we start adding their post recovery treatments into the mix.  there is also the occasional switch in training schedules and locations - are they coming to our location or staying at the village?  So needless to say we are on the ever "flexible" end of things.. but perfectly fine by me.  I know from experience it's only going to ramp up with more intensity within this last week leading up to official Opening Ceremonies on Friday August 5th!!  

I am truly EXCITED!! 

Other things we  are figuring out is our daily exercise regiments - we need to stay sharp and be focused, the exercise part I think keeps us on target. I feel like my mental, physical & emotional parts are all synced up right now which is awesome.  It's also nice to wake up and be in a peaceful place as well.

We ( the medical staff) had a day off on Saturday and headed up to Christ the Redeemer - ( not that I'm a super religious person) but was in awe and inspired by its majesty and the beautiful churches in the little town at the base of the mountain.  What a Magical view from above.  From where I could stand and see the Olympic Venues it looks pretty cool... we could even see some of the rowers on the water practicing... pretty cool!

So, Ive had a steady flow of athletes on my massage table- which is super motivating ( you gotta see this massage table) and the case load will continue to grow... I say "BRING IT"  that's why I'm here.

I'm living the dream people - hard work, sacrifice and determination does pay off!   Go Team USA!!

I'm out for now... picking up my clinic shift

Always & with the Glitter!

Friday, July 29, 2016

RIO 2016 - Sports Massage Therapists Journey

Lori-Ann Gallant-Heilborn, LMT

Hello Everyone..  well, here I am but really it's WE - because I'm here with an incredible bunch of sports medical professionals.  Thats what makes up this fabulous Sports Med Team...  We are Team Lonier - High Performance Sports medicine professionals

Lee Feris, LMT

Amanda Jones, MSPT - ATC

Kevin DeWeber, MD

 So we have been on site here at Lonier for almost a week setting up the sports medical high performance facility.  There has been a steady trickle of athletes and coaching staff arriving on a daily basis - Im not going to lie, it's EXCITING!

We have all settled into a daily routine waiting for training and competition schedules.  We are staying busy.  Doc Weber and Celeste keep us updated on new information and always in a flexible mode... things can and will change in a moment.

I'll be here supporting the athletes from the US Delegation until about the 22nd of August!  This is extremely exciting and a complete honor to be here representing and working with our nations top athletes!  Go Team USA!!  

I will keep you all updated on this exciting adventure called the Olympic Games! RIO2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Hard work, dedication to athletes, knowledge and skill have "driven" me to the places I want to go ~ I will always be committed to the highest level of training, technical skill, knowledge and continued learning for the athletes that need my services.  I can honestly say I have set my self apart from the rest of the pack! 
#sportsmassage #IASTM #USMT #KristenParadise #KaelaRoseGentile #Training #MuscleMechanics 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

USMT Marine Athletes

Well the guys do it again!  Gunny, Victor & Greg running in the first endurance race of the year... Cold, wet and a little muddy... All coming in respectfully in their age groups!
Gunny came in Second
Victor came in Fourth
Greg came in Third

Not sure if Greg was "sand-bagging" or not because he was the only one with fresh- USMT- sports massage legs, he came in for a "tune-up" this past week! 

I'm so proud of all my athletes and runners!

2016 Adventure Begins!

Woooowha!  I'm so sorry that I have been "off the grid" and "under the radar".. Buts I've been super busy working with my Marines at Wallace Creek and New River Air Station.  No complaints at all - but those crazy demanding hours keep me from posting and reporting to you!  My Athletes (everyone is an athlete)

January flew by, it seriously was a blur.  My daughter & grandson came for a visit and I spent a few days of quality time with them.  We had a lot of fun!  The weather in NC was amazing during their visit as well.

I personally started on my New Year- New ME!  As of January 2nd -yes that's when I started my new fitness regiment and a running challenge.  A small pre-stretching workout, foam rolling routine prior to heading out on a run.

2014 & 2015 I struggled with a hip,leg & knee  injury that I'm not exactly sure where and how it happened.  So with my knowledge and skill set along with my fellow sports massage therapists (Kristen Paradise) expertise I have been able to eradicate the scar tissue and fascial adhesions that have slowly restricted my ROM & flexibility -it has also caused my muscles in the thigh to stay in a constant shortened state which has effectively weakened my muscles of the thighs into my calfs causing a plethora of additional problems and pain issues.  NO MORE, I'm not getting any younger and I'm the one who has to live with this, so I made a commitment to myself... I said SELF.. (Actually I called myself something I won't write .. You gotta laugh at that, cause it's funny) You can and will do this - and so I have.  I also wanted a notable change when I left for my trip in February (which I'm doing now)

I am committed to my daily morning 15-20 minute pre-workout which consists of:
•Foam Rolling
•Static Stretching ( when done correctly is very powerful)
•Squats (3 sets of 10/12)
•Yoga poses
•Deep Breathing

This pre-workout warms me up before I head out on a small run.  I usually get anywhere from 1.90 to 5K in.  My longest run this year has been just shy of 6 miles (5.89).  I'm trying to get my miles under or at a 12 minute mile... That's realistic because of my height & weight.  I will continue to work at that.  But seriously, it feels good to get out and exercise at my comfort level and I am enjoying my gains!  I get these results from the hard work I put in everyday!  You can do it to!!

If your the type that needs to be pushed, told what to do or need a trainer / coach... Get one, it's worth it. 
Food -nutrition is the next hard piece of this puzzle ... I have my juices (I naturally juice on a weekly basis) and I incorporate salads, nuts, chicken and tons of vegetables as well. I LOVE bread but stay away from it because it ends up being "saddle bags" on my ass! 

What ever you do... Don't quit - invest in yourself, because frankly... NO ONE ELSE WILL

I'm out for now, thanks for reading the beginning of the 2016 journey!

Glitter & all!!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Seasons Greetings & Happy New Year!

Hoping everyone had a Merry Christmas -mine was quiet & small with the ones I love.

I used this time to rest and relax as I have been "slammed" in the office.. My Marines keep me busy - I am grateful for them but I need to get back to taking care of ME otherwise I will not be any good or of use to them.

2016 is going to be one heck of an EPIC year and I'll be setting the tone as of January 4th, 2016. Wait & See... 

However I'll be posting the "year in review" soon.  2015 was a very exciting year as well.

Peace and Glitter!