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Saturday, December 1, 2012


Hello Everyone!!    Today is the day that I have to tell you about some upcoming and very important news regarding the USMT office and myself.      First, let me say that I appreciate everyone of you who have stayed with me through thick & thin ~ good and bad times and those of you who have been with me from the very and I do mean VERY beginning.  You have been on this same great adventure with me!  ~ For the most part it's been a blast and sometimes a new experience for you ( I'm putting a smiley face in there) with all the new things I learn .. I had to try it out sometime... But in all seriousness, I really appreciate you all sticking with me.
I know that this may be last minute information, but I couldn't pass it to you until I had it myself.
As of January 2013 I will be moving to Jacksonville North Carolina.  I have been selected and offered a position at a newly developed, state of the art fitness facility located on Camp LeJeuene.  I will be close to the Wounded Warrior Barracks, athletes from Team Semper Fi and Marines.  For those of you who really know me, this is something I have been waiting for and wanting for a very long time.  I will be leaving the office as of January 10th, and inbound to North Carolina for around the 15th of January.  I am NOT shutting down the USMT Providence office.  Rainee, Alex & Kristen will oversee the day to day operations.  As always I will only be a text, phone call or e-mail away if you need to speak with me personally.  I will be back to RI and the USMT office every 6-8 weeks to check in.  I will see clients & athletes when I'm in town.  I'll keep you posted.  The web blog & facebook page will have updated info on a regular basis.  I encourage you all to stay connected to the USMT Providence office ~ Rainee & Kristen are FABULOUS massage therapist's and I believe in them!  :o)
There are going to be new changes coming in the near future.  Some have already started to be implemented.
1st is Rainee will be back to the office providing traditional massage therapy along with USMT style sports massage and she is also bringing her Shivaka Thai Massage back as well.  What an incredible experience if you have not tried that modality out yet ~ don't wait to long... for the month of December it will be offered at an introductory rate of $70.00 for a 1 hour session.  I've experienced it and LOVE IT!!! ~ and you all know I wouldn't out my seal -of-approval on it unless I did.
2nd thing is we are restructuring office files and we will be asking everyone to fill out a new client history form.  Sorry if it causes any inconvenience on your part, but it will only take approx. 5-10 minutes of your time.  We just want to make sure we have up to date & accurate information on file.
Another issue is the USMT posted rates:
1/2 HR M = $50.00
1HR M = $90.00
1 1/2 HR M =$120.00
There are no more "package deals", special rates etc..  relaxing massage, hot stone massage & thai massage are all specialty services~ so you have to request them separately... otherwise the front desk will charge you for the sports massage service... this is our specialty.. this is what we provide. 
Always & with the GLITTER!!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shivaka Thai Massage by Rainee

Photo: One could say that Thai massage is the original form of sports massage.  It's a deep and rhythmic acupressure massage incorporated with yoga-like stretches.  My standard sessions are an hour and a half but come in to USMT for a 1 hour Thai massage just to get a feel for it.  I promise you won't be disappointed.
RAINEE   -   Your Shivaka Thai Therapist

 Thai massage is one of the oldest forms of medicine. It is based on the idea that muscle tension and improper alignment may cause and/or contribute to physical, mental and internal imbalances. The techniques are focused on reducing tension within the body and improving the structure to facilitate the free flow of blood and energy.

When this flow of blood and energy has improved, the major systems of the body (immune, circulatory, nervous, etc.) will be better able to naturally heal disease and to promote health and well-being.

Photo One could say that Thai massage is the original form of sports massage. It's a deep and rhythmic acupressure massage incorporated with yoga-like stretches. My standard sessions are an hour and a half but come in to USMT for a 1 hour Thai massage just to get a feel for it. I promise you won't be disappointed.


Thai massage includes static stretching in yoga-like positions and deep rhythmic massage.  A standard session lasts an hour and a half but can stretch to three hours depending on the needs of the client.  Thai massage is an extremely effective form of bodywork, affecting the physical and energetic bodies at once.  Rainee has blended her training in Gua Sha, Amma therapy and Thai massage to create a truly healing treatment - Shivaka Thai Massage. 


Your session begins with an assessment of your individual alignment, energetic qualities and physical form.  You may address any concerns with the therapist at this time.  You will then enjoy a foot soak and a detoxification of the body through the lower legs.

Next, enjoy the yoga-like stretches and acupressure of Thai massage, slowly working up from the feet and around the body to the head, ending with the feet once again.

Amma therapy and gua sha are always available modalities should you want to make use of their powerful healing effects. 


Thai massage is a very convenient form of massage.  It can be done anywhere that has enough floor space for a queen-size thai mat and tranquil surroundings.

Comfortable cotton clothing that allows you to move with a full range of motion is recommended.  Bolsters are provided to make your session extremely comfortable.  The only thing you need to bring is YOUR SELF!!  Lie back and enjoy.

we have a variety of supplies available from which to choose, however, you may use your own blend of detoxifying tea if you wish and any special scrubs or aromas for your foot saok as well.  Oils, cre`mes and lotions are not used during a standard Thai massage.  Only if gua sha is administered is oil used.

Please call for more details on bodywork services, scheduling and pricing.

Shivaka Thai Massage


Friday, November 23, 2012

Marine Corps Marathon October 28th,2012

 The Ultimate Sports Massage Team was on hand at the 2012 MCM partnering with 2 separate charities this year: The Semper Fi Fund & Hope 4 the Warriors.  We provided sports massage for the participants at the end of the Marathon.  We dealt with hand cyclists, 10K runners and able bodied runners for the full 26.2 miles.

 Hurricane Sandy was fast approaching but did not effect the marathon for the most part.. nor did it affect the way we provided the post event sports massage services.

We did deal with a few cold related post marathon issues -- muscle cramping, hyperthermia etc... nothing life threatening but still caused us to be "on alert" for anything.  I say this because anything can happen with our wounded warrior athletes after an intense physical activity like this.   For our hand cyclists ... it was shoulder issues... lots of it!  We laughed a lot when our wounded warrior athletes commented that they never receive massage like this.. that's all I'm going to say on that!  (for those of you who really know me... you know why)

 What a great experience again and both charities were extremely grateful for the care and attention we provided to all the athletes running or hand cycling to support the mission... raise awareness to our military and support them in their recovery.

As always ~ we did our job!!

Always & with the Glitter!!

Lori-Ann & Crew

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Office Hours today October 30th, 2012

The USMT office will open back up this afternoon for 4 PM.  Lori-Ann is able to get in.. but please call the office if you are scheduled with another MT.. they may not be able to.


The USMT staff hopes everyone is safe & sound.


Monday, October 29, 2012


Do to the impending Hurricane Sandy, the mega storm that is on it's way here... I have decided to close the USMT office for safety reasons.  I do not want to put myself.. my team-mates,  you - our clients & athletes  .. or our public safety officials at risk because of a massage session that can clearly wait till this destructive weather passes us here in the New England area.

The USMT office will be closed effectively from October 29th till October 31st.

PLEASE check back with us here on the web page.. face book or call the office for updates.

Be SAFE people!!

Always & with the Glitter.... Even through "Sandy"

Lori-Ann & Kristen

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade
 September 20th... you got it.. I was sitting ring side at Boo Boo's Fight!

Obviously this is a post celebratory photo we took.. but what a great night of boxing!  So exciting to be a part of the big picture to help this athlete stay healthy & injury free leading up to the big fight.  Even if I only had a little hand in it.. it was still my little hand!!  LOL  .. I'm sure those of you who know me can hear me chuckling.  But seriously.. this is important, and I know I did my job leading up to this event and Boo Boo did his!    18-0

Looking forward to many more years of keeping him in tip top shape!!

OOHHHHH yeah.... the other pretty interesting and funny things that happened that night.. Alex got an autograph from Mickey Ward... great guy, very nice to everyone at our table... and as usual.. I left some glitter here & there.. At the end of the night.. Alex says "Oh my god MOM... you left glitter on his cheek"!  It happens...

It was a great night of Boxing!

I'm out for now..

Always & With the Glitter!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dave & Peter @ the 2012 London Olympics

David Silvia ~ my friend and sports massage therapist along with Peter Toohey, ATC and my mentor ... I am so proud of these two guys !

Kinesio Taping 1&2... On my way to the Certifcation Course!

So, the weekend of September 8th & 9th found me at the Lake Placid NY Kinesio Taping course.  It was very exciting, educational and informative.  I absolutely loved the course facilitator... Doug did a fabulous job with the material and was extremely knowledgeable as well.  I really liked the diversity of all the participants too.  Everyone who attended was very nice and I felt like there was this high quality of professional respect.  This part I really liked.  As a Sports Massage Therapist... this isn't always the case... But this weekend... not the case.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

If you have never been to one of these courses.. let me say that you will be taped from head to toe!... good times!  My partner for the weekend, her name is Shelley and she was awesome!  I have been able to expand on my taping skills and able to use a variety of various approaches now as well.  This really is for the benefit of my clients & athletes.

Next weekend.. I'll be at an Orthopedic Massage Assessment course... staying on the cutting edge to better serve you!



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Continued Feedback....

This says it all!....

Hi Lori-Ann,
Just wanted to let you know how much better my hand and arm is.  Everyday getting stronger and more agile.  I still cannot THANK YOU & Kristen enough... I think about you & your kindness everyday.  Makes me remember there are still angels on earth -- Thank you!


Sunday, August 5, 2012


I really like this new USMT banner!

So, July 28th (Saturday) found me & two other team mates at this annual event.  It's an ULTRA running race.  This is an interesting running race with some pretty incredible people.  We did encounter some pretty intense individuals who run with passion!  Some run for the fun of it and and others feel like they have something to prove.   I like to run.. but I know I could never run for that long or for that distance... well, I won't say never ~ I'll say I choose not to ~ that's a big difference.

I am glad that I was able to be there to help support all the runners who came by our tent for some sports massage services to help them get through their event.    By the time we got on site, the runners and relay teams had already been running for over 12 hours.  good grief ~~ muscle soreness & micro tears, cramps and dehydration galore!            

We came prepared, we had on site with us:
  • ice tub
  • ice  & ice bricks
  • Sombra & Biofreeze
  • 1st aid supplies / VASELINE
  • tents to rest under    and ...        GOOD HUMOR!!   we are good for a few good laughs.
Some of the athletes were concerned about the possibility of not finishing the race.  Once we determine that they are muscularly sound to continue running ~~ it was like a "sigh of relief" for them. They didn't want to let their relay partners down.  It's also very important  to recognize their fear.  Have they ever experienced this feeling before? Most do not understand what is happening to their bodies during this activity.  They are not use to pushing themselves this hard for this long.   Yes, they know they have been running for a long time, but they didn't expect their muscles to start feeling like "mush"... chewed up raw hamburg... actually that's the only way I know how to explain or describe it.  So, yes.. this can be very scary & unsettling to someone who wasn't expecting this to happen. ~~  or, the athlete that shows up with a very current or chronic injury.  It's the current injury on top of the micro tearing from the current activity that creates the biggest issues for us.

The chronic muscular issues create some issues but easy to deal with.

I found myself providing a lot of ice massage using my "tools" around most athletes knee's and providing a few ice baths for the feet & calf's.   Overall it was a great day ~~ I met some really nice people throughout the day.

We even cleaned up & broke down the massage tent and got out of "dodge" before the rain started to down pour and ultimately ending the event.

HOPEFULLY.... some of the athletes we treated will take the time to come and see us in the office ~~ you know RI is sooo big... it takes forever to get to us.... NOT!  get in here people!  :o)

Always & with the Glitter!


New MT's starting at the USMT Office...

Karen Hynes & Dennis Molloy are the newest additions to the USMT office.  They are excited to be part of the overall office team.

We will be offering a special promotion to help them get better acquainted with the Crossfit Community and get new clients overall.

If you book an hour massage with either of them you will receive a discount of $35.00.  You only pay $55.00!!
This offer will expire on October 31st 2012
Call the office to schedule your appointment.  1-401-228-8554

Karen & Dennis

Sombra Professional Therapy Products

Sombra Professional Therapy products are tried & true!.. Love using this product during a sports massage treatment and athletes & clients alike will agree that it provides the relief they need post massage session, workout or in the moment when they need to decrease the pain they are feeling.

Love this product and strongly suggest trying it out if you haven't already done so!



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hydration - Good for your health!

DRINK WATER... that's a pretty common thing you hear around here in the USMT office.... It's also something we ( staff & sports massage therapists) do on a very regular basis... all day long!!

Leading by example... but SERIOUSLY, we say it because we are concerned for you ~ our client's & athlete's.  We know what we have just done to your bodies and how it will affect you -- on a cellular level.  Now it's your turn to execute what we have asked you to do... DRINK some water.. and you know why... we have explained it to you.

Now, here is some additional information for you to "chew on" -- DRINK UP!!

WATER is essential to good health because it:
  • acts as a medium to support numerous metabolic reactions
  • is the main component of blood, so it carries hormones, nutrients and other compounds to the body's cells
  • moves metabolic waste products away from cells, for excretion from the body
  • is the "solvent that assists the elimination of the soluble metabolic wastes by the kidney's, through the production of urine", and..
  • ensures body temperature regulation
  •  fatigue
  • muscle soreness
  • joint pain
  • foggy thinking / decrease in cognitive performance
  • headaches
  • lack of energy
So, here in a nut shell is some interesting information regarding the intake of water... HYDRATE PEOPLE!!

Some of you have heard me say.. "this muscle feels like raw hide".. how much water have you been drinking??  I always get a chuckle out of some who say.. I drink all day long!...  hahahahah.. NO YOU DON"T!  ( I know that some of you who know me can hear me laughing.. but it's true.. it happens)

If you would like to find out more information on this subject .. check out this website:

How much water to drink?? ... that is the question:  Multiply your weight by two-thirds to get the number of ounces of water you should consume each day.  ( A 180 -pound person, for example .. should consume 120 ounces , or 3.75 quarts of water daily)

A little trick I use in the morning before my daily "cup of joe" is to drink a 6-8 oz glass of water... because we know what the coffee will do to us.. dehydrate us... balance it out!

It's also important to note that water rich food such as: fruits & vegetables contribute to your overall water intake.. and your dehydration level can be affected by;
  • physical exertion
  • climate
  • general physical condition
  • altitude
So, lets please stay focused on your water intake and make it a priority.

Always & with the sparkly Glitter I move onto the day!!


Feedback.... After first session!

I want to express my gratitude... nothing short of a miracle.  2 hours after my first therapy I was able to lift my hand half way.  I've tried for 9 weeks without even a flinch.. it brought tears (of joy) to my eyes.  Then I got your letter... you've made such an impression on me. ~~ I'm lucky to have found you.  I look forward to working with you and cannot express how indebted to you I am.  THANK YOU ... I'll see you tomorrow.  


This is what it's all about.. providing long lasting results and changing peoples lives for the better!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Working outside of your comfort zone...

Lori-Ann & Kristen
So today I received a call from a client that was scheduled to come in tonight... He was inquiring to see if it was possible to take a look at his friend and determine if my sports massage work could benefit him.  My response was quick... yes, bring him in!  Now I have no idea whats going on with this guy.. how he injured himself, how long it's been going on or how it's affecting him.

Man was I in for a treat!  This is going to be a MARATHON to resolve the issues that are going on.  I'm excited that I will have the opportunity along with my fellow colleague Kristen to help resolve the muscular issues that are plaguing him to get him back on the road to recovery!.

After taking his health history and spending a significant amount of time getting the background info on his overall issue.. I had a plan of action.  I cautioned him that this was not going to be miraculous nor was some of the work going to be pleasant.   The massage work would be slow and steady.  Most likely his sessions would be 20-30 minutes in duration due to the intensity of the work and the use of our "tools" was almost a certainty!

This young man has a certain amount of paralysis in his arm. Experiencing upper neck & shoulder muscle pain at all times and feeling very depressed and not very hopeful since he has been dealing with this situation for over 7 + years.  

I did inform him that I couldn't promise him any particular outcome, but I would focus on positive improvements, but the progress would be slow... but stay focused.. If he was committed to his recovery.. then Kristen & I would be as well!!

Tonight we were able to relieve some of his constant pain!  What an incredible feeling to be able to help someone who is on the verge of loosing feeling & functionality in his arms... we have scheduled him in for 2 additional 20 minute sessions next week for follow up to tonight's work and we will continue to provide this service to him until we get additional concrete neurological data from tests he has had done. Do the doctor's even know whats going on... he is doubtful.. in his own words " I've been down this road with them before, they have no answers"

30 minute session consisted of:
ice towel of thoracic region / erectors - 10 minutes pre-session
massage of BL triceps / biceps / forearms / rotator cuff muscle group
tool assisted manual manipulation of the  L & R tricep with focus on the medial & long heads
tool assisted manual manipulation of the thoracic erectors
massage smooth out of upper & lower back 
ice towel of thoracic region / erectors - 10 minutes post-session
Sombra post session

Great session!!  Results were positive and client left feeling better and with HOPE!!!

Oh yeah.. he had cotton mouth too!  

And as always we informed him to "pound" the water!!

Kristen & I look forward to working with this young man and will update you periodically on his progress! 

Always & With the GLITTER!



The Ultimate Sports Massage facility will be offering "in service" classes in the near future.  The intent is to review information that may need  to be "brushed up" on or to provide information to massage therapists that are not familiar with sports massage, ice massage, tool assisted soft tissue mobilization, stretching and the list goes on.  

Lori-Ann will be facilitating the majority of the classes and there will be a formal format to each class.  Lori-Ann has over 8 years experience in formal massage therapy education and a wide range of experience in the massage field.

There will be a small fee for each "in service class" - $20.00.  You will receive a certificate of attendance & participation at the end of the program.

In service classes will start on:  August 28th @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM  (Tuesday Evenings)

September: 4,11,18 & 25th
October: 2,9,16,23 & 30th
November: 6,13,20 & 27th
December: 4,11 & 18th

There is a total of 17 in service classes.  The in service classes will resume again in January 2013.

Lori-Ann will provide an itinerary on the first scheduled class.