Sunday, June 3, 2012
Working 1 on 1 with a Professional Athlete....
I have worked with this athlete since the 2008 summer Olympic games... it's been a great partnership and also just as rewarding to watch this athlete grow.
I was out of the USMT office for the week and had other MT's that are part of the overall USMT Team fill in for me. What a stress reliever that was. It's tough having a skill set as mine and trying not to let any of my athletes or clients that have come to count on me down. Overall, it was a huge success on all levels.
While I was with my athlete ( I'm only going to refer to this individual as my athlete to keep their privacy) I was able to relax a little, exercised more and had to change my treatment (session) times to accommodate the training schedule on their part. Obviously I want the work to be beneficial, so it would take place post training.
I worked on my athlete everyday and started the first session pretty aggressively and for the longest time frame (1 hr)... targeted everything.. as I like to call it, I got a "blue print" .. which then allowed me to taper the 2nd session (45 minutes) ... the 3rd session was shorter ( 30 minutes) and more specific and then finally the last session was a good flush.. worked out all the kinks. This athlete is good to go!
I used a significant amount of ice with the first 3 sessions... ice, massage, ice, massage and continue this process during the 30 minute sessions. I work quick.. for various reasons... remember, this is not a relaxing massage.. I have to get in.. get it done & get out.. it's like a RECON MISSION!!
I am always communication with my athlete... I have to know what he / she is experiencing... because I know what I'm feeling.. and trust me.. if you have experienced my work in the past... I get excited at good work & results! When I feel the body responding ... I let you know about it! I definitely like educating my athletes & clients about the healthy ~~ positive changes that are occurring.
It's going to be nice going back to the office tomorrow.. I miss my local athletes & clients and my USMT staff as well. I thank them for holding down the "fort" while I was away!
Thanks Alex, Rachel, Kristen, Rainee & Dwayne!
I am excited that I have taken the opportunity to create a sports massage service that I can offer my athletes that are not local and also be able to have a home base as well.
I enjoyed the many incredible and friendly people on my trip.. thank you!
Always & with the Glitter~~ because I AM SPARKLING!