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Friday, February 26, 2010

2010 Paralympic Games

Hello Everyone! ~~ As you can see I am gearing up for my 3rd experience working with world class athletes at an olympic / paralympic venue!

Am I excited... you could say that, I have been watching & following the Olympic Games everyday. I get excited when I see athletes that I know & have worked with and built solid working relationships with. It's just completely amazing!! So.... YES I am extremely excited & can not wait to get there.

I know that I will have long & challenging days ahead ~~ but this is what I chose for my career path and I am loving every minute of it! I feel honored to be asked to come back and work with the sports med team again. It is my job to be there & support our US Paralympic athletes so they can go out and perform and do their jobs to bring home the GOLD!

I will be posting regular messages to keep everyone updated on the behind the scenes action during the games. I will be located in Whistler for the most part, and will be transitioned down to Van Couver toward the end of the games to help assist with the sled hockey team!! I get to see it all!

I will try and upload photos too.. however I'm not an IT person... so the photos may have to wait until I get home... we'll see.

I will also find out if the Paralympics will be televised so you can catch some of the action... There could be a possibility that some of the medical staff could be in the opening & closing ceremonies too!!! Keep your eyes peeled!

So check out the blog every once in a while to see whats going on.. it's going to be great!

The Paralympic Games will run from March 12th - 21st, 2010

I will be returning home on the 24th of March!

Thanks for your continued support ~~ I really appreciate it!

Always & the "Glitter" will be with me in Van Couver!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

New Sports Massage Office Location

WELCOME to the new office of:


Located in the West Shore Wellness Center,
2077 West Shore Road,
Warwick, RI 02889

I have come to realize that I DO NOT have to be in the "gym" atmosphere to provide the sports / injury rehabilitation massage services to benefit and address the needs of my clients.

I have the sports massage team events that allow me to be in the "gym" ~ athletic atmosphere.

The feedback that I have received from many of my clients so far has been extremely positive ~~ I am so excited about the future!

My treatment room reflects me & my many interests and how I have carefully incorporated these various elements into my massage setting and the passion I have for my profession.

  • Sports massage & injury rehabilitation

  • Wounded Warriors ~~Military

  • Olympics & Paralympics

  • Sports massage events

  • Industrial Athletes ~~ that means YOU!!

Please feel free to contact me at anytime with questions, concerns or to schedule an appointment for your massage needs.



Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sports Massage Field

Lets talk about the sports massage field... What's it take to be a highly recognized, educated and talented sports massage therapist.

There are various levels of sports massage.

1. Event - volunteer @ community events

2. Education level - what you learned in school vs actual real world application

3. Continuing education - what you should focus on, subjects that are relevant to working within the athletic community

4. Experience - where have you worked, what level of athlete have you worked with? Where are you going? What is your focus, what athletic group are you targeting?

5. Credentialing - there is NO standardized test for sports massage.. what i think is the highest standard & credential for sports massage is the OLYMPIC ~~ PARALYMPIC one.

Questions that should be asked:

  • what drives you to participate in the sports ~ athletic genre?
  • is it for the recognition?
  • is it for the money $$$?
  • is it for the resume`?
  • is it to support the athlete?
  • do you like the athletic environment?
  • are you looking to increase your exposure in this field & with this clientele?
  • are you a TEAM player?
  • can you take direction from other sports medical personal?

Personally, if you answered yes to the first three (3), maybe you should look in another area of massage and stay in the "office"setting. Also just as important is if you can't take direction & be a Team Player... this specialty field is NOT for you.

My experience has always been a good one, I am part of the TEAM ~~ I embrace this concept. I take direction when given and carry out the objective ( providing excellent, goal orientated sports massage to the athlete in question) and have follow up, chart the progress and make modifications if needed.

I also know when enough is enough, not overworking an area or issue creating additional issues with unnecessary muscle damage which will impede the healing process.

Communication with various sports medical professionals & coaches along with the athlete is critical. Make sure everyone is on the same page in the same book!

If you don't know something, that's OK ~~ research it, study it & practice it! Make it better for the future, this is important, as long as you continue to "invest in yourself" , you will see improvements in understanding the subject matter we work with... THE HUMAN BODY ( muscles & movement)

Now put it all together for the benefit of the athlete ~~ who will recognize your efforts, knowledge & skill.

You also want the athlete / client who is coming to see you for this specific modality to understand the following:

  • one (1) massage will not resolve the issue, there must be 3-4 consecutive sessions & a follow up.
  • chart the progress or lack of
  • introduce & implement a "self care" aspect of the treatment construction plan. The athlete / client must understand they have to contribute to the overall healing - recovery process.
  • continue with sports massage sessions while progress is being made
  • transition to maintenance sports massage
  • REFER OUT if all else fails
  • It may be beneficial to athlete / client to see other health care providers to supplement the massage work. ( chiropractic, athletic trainers, physical therapy, orthopedic, acupressure etc..)

The overall goal of sports massage is to resolve muscular issues~ injuries & improve athletic performance. Remember ~~ we are the 1st line of defense for an athlete... we recognize muscle imbalances, increased muscle and or tendon tension, dehydration & fascial issues in muscle tissue.

It is our job to place the athlete / client in a more conducive healing environment.

Athletes recognize good work and ultimately want to be on the playing field, do your job ~~ do it well and you will be recognized for it!

If you have questions, please contact me.

I'm out! ~~ Always!