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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

# IM GOING TO RIO


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!!
Lori-Ann











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!
Lori-Ann

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Seasons Greeting!


Hoping everyone has a fun filled & Fantastic Holiday Season!
Remember it doesn't have to be about expensive gifts, it really comes down to good health, family and friends and the little things in life ~ most of the time we are so busy we over look this.

Slow down just for a few days & take it all in and enjoy!

Lori-Ann

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Why are these 2 things so difficult in the Massage Field?

This past week has been a mental challenge dealing with and interacting with various individuals in the massage field.  Let me take you one step at a time through each situation ( I'll use 2 scenarios)

The first one has been a face to face, day to day interaction - whether it's been actual contact, verbal interaction or through texting.  It's been a struggle.

I have been developing the way I work for a long time with the help from my mentors who are not massage therapist and who have contributed significantly to the creation of me & the USMT Brand and methodology - they have taught me invaluable lessons, techniques and have continued to spark the passion I have for this service I provide to  .. YOU .. My Athletes, My Marines & My Clients ... There is a standard that has been established and I will not lower it... In fact I will continue to raise the bar!  Why you ask?.. Because that is my commitment to you ... To always be the best and to grow & develop to meet the current needs and embrace the new trends and be ever mindful of the information that has been overlooked.  I want to be the guy who is going to be there to pick it up and run with it. 

So with that said, let's get back to the story at hand: Hiring a new potential massage therapist.  It's not easy, every one says the same things; I want to work,  I do a lot of deep tissue at the current spa I work at and so on... I listen to the story they tell.  It's painful because at the end of the day I know I'm going to be disappointed.  It happens, I know this and expect it every time .. I tell these potential MT's  " don't tell me what you think I want to hear".. I want therapists who are going to back up what they say .. Everyday!  I also tell them I am not an easy person to work for or with ( until you figure out the work ethic and the specific ways I want the USMT operation to run) 

It usually takes a good 3-5 months to really grasp the USMT BRAND and what it represents and its methodology.  For the smart ones they pay attention, ask questions &  SACRIFICE and hold on for dear life because it can be bumpy but exciting ride at the same time!  

Don't be mad when I say.. 
I DONT WANT TO SEE YOUR PHONE (for good reason )
SHOW UP and BE PRESENT 
BE PRESENTABLE ( if you look like a wrinkled suit, no one will give you an opportunity) 
BE KNOWLEDGABLE ( if you don't know something, say you don't, then make that weakness a strength)
STATE your specialty 
DONT BE AN INDIVIDUAL WITHIN THIS TEAM... I can GUARENTEE you won't last... 

SHOW UP ON TIME ( that means 30 minutes before your shift starts) so you can set up and be prepared for the day

I'm from New Englad so I'm colorful, direct and have a no nonsense approach to things.. Sometimes things are not received well because I will not be politically correct! That you can count on.

I'm a Sports Massage Therapist with years of experience on providing specific results for ALL clients who come to see me and that's what I expect from those who want to work with me... If you have what it takes, you listen and follow directions and have thick skin ( so your feelings don't get hurt) you too can be Super Uber Successful ASK Kristen Paradise or  Kaela Rise Gentile they'll tell you. 

This past week I had to deal with "walking chaos", excuses, lateness, poor advertising / marketing skills and "hurt feelings" things I don't have time for... I'm still shaking my head. 

I'm not sure if this MT will show up for work on Tuesday.. We will see?

I will not lower the standards, not for anyone....

Then I see a Twitter post... So I respond ~ only to have the original poster come back with a few "angry" almost to the point of name calling responses.  My response to one of them was
"Agree to dissagree" because I'm not going to give my services away for free... What value is in free?

When you provide results and you develop a successful way to reschedule clients (that also pass the word about your amazing talent) there is no need to give your services away for free.

So, When civic leaders, organizational members , church clergy and yes, even sports event / race directors contact you about providing massage or chair massage at their events... It's up to you to set the tone... RIGHT AWAY.. ( sure, this is what my event fee is for X amount of time) We all have choices, make yours a smart one.

So I have come to some kind of conclusion that 99% of the massage field thinks they need to have a gimmick or have "specials" or continuously discount their massage prices to get people in the door and on their tables..?? WHY!!!

This subject is a constant.. But 2 things I know:
1. I will not be discounting my prices 
2. I will not waste valuable time on MT's who are not willing to let go of bad habits, and don't want to learn new things ( I don't want to hear.. That's not what I learned in school) REALLY!!!

I need CAN DO MOTIVATED MT's!!!

I might have rambled on in my ranting, but it's good to get it out sometimes.

Always,
with the Glitter and Power Red Bow!
Lori-Ann

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lake Placid Olympic Training Center Day 1&2

Well I've safely made my way to the LPOTC and settled in.  Got in Sunday and immediately set my massage work station up and then relaxed for the remainder of the day... it was pretty low key around here... the athletes are slowly making their way in for Team Trials. 

We have Bobsled, Skeleton, Luge and Biathlon athletes on deck ( yes, I am using some of my military jargon) there is a lot of mixed emotions & intense energy.. this is serious business because at the end of this two week period the national team will be announced and everyone wants to be on it.. but the reality is not everyone will.

I'm here for the Bobsled - Skeleton Team Trials but will be working with the athletes that are placed on my schedule.

I decided from my experience that I would better serve the athletes and also not go crazy if I picked a later shift to work.  So, I'm scheduled from 1-7 with a small break at 4.  This allows me to get my exercise - running done in the morning and any personal things that need to be taken care of prior to "flipping the switch" and becoming a MACHINE in BEAST MODE while providing that "BONE CRUSHING SPORTS MASSAGE" that all athletes who have worked with me have come to expect. 

True Story

These athletes & coaches really gave me a genuine welcoming when I arrived.  That's pretty special and impressive considering there is a long list of volunteer massage therapists and local massage therapists that work with them on a regular basis.

 Hard work pays off !!  You can't substitute Quality   I AM QUALITY ... I have spent my entire career developing QUALITY and I will never lower my standards... step up or step aside because this freight train will run you over!!  ( I know some will think that's extremely arrogant, it's not... it's my confidence and I dislike working with slugs - slobs - anyone who doesn't treat what it is that I do as a professional service for the benefit of my athletes or any athlete )

Ok, off my rant for the time being....

Monday was a good day, saw 10 athletes
Tuesday ( today) plans on being another action packed day.. 10 more athletes

I was also able to get in 2 days of good running ( I'm still rehabbing my right hamstring & calf)

But super excited about something new I have been introduced to.. I won't utilize this new technique here... I have to master it first and then start implementing it with my MARINES ( they are my Tactical Athletes and my first priority when not with my Olympic Athletes)

I haven't seen Peter yet (he's my mentor - I learn so much from him) but when I do.. I know I'll be picking up some new things from him as well... this is why I occasionally take a hiatus from Camp Lejeune - Wallace Creek & New River Fitness Centers... so I can learn new innovating - cutting edge treatments for my Marine Athletes! ( actually any client that needs my help)

I'm excited about this trip, but it's a double edged sword.. I can't wait to get back and start treating my Marines & athletes with this new information!

And for inquiring  minds... I have to do linens every night to be ready for the next day...

I'm out for now..

Glitter & Bow
Lori-Ann
On my final "leg" into the LPOTC

I think this says it all #USMT on Deck

Of course you got a have a "selfie"

Dinning Hall Motivation

My work station for the week