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Friday, December 5, 2014

Happy Holidays!!

                                 Seasons Greeting ~ Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!

The USMT RI Office is HIRING!!

The RI USMT Office is currently looking to hire 1-3 highly motivated massage therapists to join the  ranks of our incredibly talented, knowledgeable and highly skilled therapists.

Currently we would like to entertain having 3 flexible MT's who would like to learn the advanced skill of USMT and also have the flexibility and desire to provide other modalities in the massage field.  We have the facility to allow that type of growth.

If this interests you... please contact the RO USMT office and speak to either Kristen, Alex or Kaela

If you know of someone who would be interested in this opportunity, whether it's family or a friend or a friend of a friend... you get the idea... pass the word!!

Thank you,

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Black Friday Gift Certificate Sale:

BLACK FRIDAY Gift Certificate Holiday Sale!  

One Day only at the special rate of 
$ 55.00 !  (1 hour massage session)

After November 28th, gift certificates will be sold at regularly posted rates.  

*this offer is at the Wallace Creek NC USMT office only and ALL Black Friday GC will not be honored for redemption until December 26th, 2014 or after this date.

With all the Holiday Glitter!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holiday Gift Certificates ~ Great "Stocking Stuffers"!

The Holiday's are quickly approaching .. Don't miss out on giving the gift of health, the gift of "recovery & maintenance" to your favorite athlete!   
Both the North Carolina & the Rhode Island USMT offices will have them in stock and ready to go for your someone special !!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Warrior Games Photos 2014

What an incredible and exciting week working with our nations wounded warriors 2014.  I can't say enough about the fabulous sports massage therapists on the USMT team!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Scope of Practice: Sports Massage

The interesting thing about "Scope of Practice"

This week alone I heard that phrase no less than 15-20 times during the course of the games. 

I am a licensed massage therapist in both RI & NC.  I am also "Board Certified" by the NCMBT and a AMTA member  I follow the "rules" and pay a LOT of money for the credentials that really don't mean a thing to my clients & athletes but speak volumes in the massage field.  Go figure, but I'm sure someone's got an argument for it or against it.  Whateva .....

So this past week me & the USMT crew set up at the CSOTC for the Warrior Games.  This is going to be a walk in the park.. 4th year out and every year has presented us with a different set of circumstances and challenges.  We got this.. We've overcome other obstacles this year is no different.

So funny how other so called "sports medical" professionals such as: athletic trainers, sports physical therapists & team "doctors" ( you get the picture)  can arbitrarily toss that term around to meet their needs, fit their insecurities and disrespect others. 

Let me just make this statement: I know & own my scope of practice.  I don't need anyone to point it out to me.  I also don't hold myself out to be anything other than a very well educated and skillful muscular therapist . 

My scope of practice is: the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body.  Among a few other things such as First Aid & CPR, IASTM and certified training in Kinesio Taping.

I do not implement anything out side of that realm: my scope of practice.  Sports massage - Muscular therapy

I do not diagnose
I do manipulate the skeletal system
I do not prescribe medications


Would I like to work in a cohesive sports medicine environment like I do on Camp Lejeune at Wallace Creek & the Navy Smart Clinic.. Yes of course... But unfortunately that didn't happen.

The only medical personnel that we interacted with that showed me & my team any ounce of professional curtsy  was a army medic assigned to Team SOCOM .   He (thanks Luke) recognized our skill set!
Ponder this: if I spent the same green    US currency as any chiropractor, physical therapist, athletic trainer, doctor or a occupational therapist in a Kinesio Taping course or an IASTM course that provides me with continuing education credits that fall under the guide lines of my scope of practice .... Why oh why do these same "professionals" feel the need to  say I'm working outside of " my scope of practice"?
True story.. Happens all the time....
This trip & sports event was no different.

This is one reason why I have made it MANDATORY that our team has a travel binder with us that declares all of our licenses, insurance, specialty skill certifications & credentials.

I may not have gone to school as long as other "Sports Medical Professionals" but I am knowledgable, I do study things that are considered "above my pay grade" and some of you may think of it as out of my "scope of practice" ~ but it's not... Just consider me & my team as career students.

Don't be afraid of me because I really.. REALLY know the science.

Embrace us.. Because, after all we're all on the same team.. The team that ultimately helps the athlete & client who's looking for results.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Warrior Games 2014

What a week!  Today was the closing ceremonies for the Warrior Games.  The sports massage team stayed extremely busy all week providing much needed muscular therapy to our military athletes.  We set up on Friday September 26th on the Colorado Springs OTC ... We came prepared... Not only did we have 4 sports massage therapists on hand for the week but we also had a receptionist as well... AKA.. The Gunny... He knows the job and doubled as our team driver too. (Did I mention we are a fully mobile functional sports massage team)?  Oh yes.. We get the job done!  Half of us drove out with all the gear and the other half flew. 

Saturday & Sunday we had modified shifts and filled the available time slots .... After the first 4-5 athletes the word was spreading fast on the OTC about us and before we knew it our Monday & Tuesday schedules were booked! 

This is of course what we were hoping and expecting to happen.  This was our 4th year out here for the games  ... Every year has been slightly different for our actual working environment but the actual job has stayed the same... Provide that bone crushing goal orientated performance based outcomes.. Provide an atmosphere for proper muscular treatment & recovery.  

We worked with athletes from all branches of the military.. But this year was the year of SOCOM!  We interacted with more athletes from that group than any other .. How exciting throughout the week after competitions throughout the day.. Someone would come in our office excited about their performance and win!  Yup, bring home the hardware... And then say it was all because of you & the massage I got!  Of course it's really all about them and what they did but exciting that they want to share that with us! 

The week had plenty of emotions as well... It's not easy to not get emotional or be affected by some of the things you see or hear from these same athletes:  for instance, the conversation starts with "can you take a look at my foot, it caused me a lot of pain.  I'm thinking of having it taken off"  Of course I'm going to look at that foot!  Not even 5 minutes working lightly on it with IASTM and huge improvements, continue to work on foot up the calf to knee and yet more improvements!

That's just one of many incidents we experienced throughout the week. 

Humbling, exciting, emotional .. Grateful that we were able to have the ability to work with these men and woman and give back to them !

I have one individual who is serious about flying across the country to come and receive my work so he can recovery completely from a shoulder injury.  An injury that had restricted his ROM for over 5 years. 

I could go on & on about the week.. It was truly amazing but I do believe my mind is still racing from the week.  I think it's best if I let a few days go by before really explaining what transpired.  But I know I am forever changed by these fabulous men & woman we had the opportunity to work with!!

#140sportsmassagesessions #WarriorGames2014

Always & with the Glitter

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Out Of Office Information - WALLACE CREEK

Just wanted to send a quick message to let you know I will be out of the office @ Wallace Creek for the next 2.5-3 weeks. I will be supporting the Wounded Warrior Games providing sports massage to over 250+ wounded & sick military athletes competing in the week long event.  I am currently driving out to Colorado Springs were I will meet up with my USMT sports massage team.

I am aware that this creates a problem & inconvenience to you while I'm away... However I am going to provide contact information for 2 separate massage therapists who work on base to help with any muscular issues that may arise or to just plain schedule a massage... You know we need to splurge on ourselves every once in a while!  :-)

Thank you!

PS I will be back to Wallace Creek the week of October 13th

Angela Boyd at Court House Bay Fitness Center:  1-740-262-4023

Bridget at Wallace Creek Fitness Center : 1-910-333-6338

Monday, September 22, 2014

Continuing Education- On the Cutting Edge

 The first weekend in September found Kristen & I participating at a Human-body Cadaver workshop.  Simply amazing on what secrets the body holds.  I was honored to be asked to step in as the assistant to the workshop director and facilitator for the 1 day class.  
Kristen & I helped "prepare" the bodies for the workshops (2 classes would be held on Sunday, 3 hrs each) 
We took notes on each one, indicated significant findings that would be of interest ... I knew there would be certain things I would be looking for ... I wanted to see with my own eyes if what I was seeing with my hands was the same and to validate the work I already do to resolve specific muscular problems.  
When I'm working with an athlete or client I have a protocol and theory I'm following that follows my scientific reasoning.  This experience clearly validated all of the work I do... And based on that, I will not deviate from z good plan.  I intend to make it better.

One thing I found interesting is the way fascial adhesions & scar tissue  "bind" structures and how scar tissue looks compared  to fascia .... 2 things I "see" a lot while working.... Again, this experience has given me valuable in site on how to administer a treatment that will functionally benefit the athlete-client who is looking for resolution to their muscular problems.

I can't wait until next years workshop!!

You better believe the glitter was with me on that day !!


Gunny's new running game...

I know I've been " slacking" on updating everyone on the adventures of USMT, it's staff & of course our athletes and clients... No excuse really except that I've been extremely busy at the Wallace Creek office and at the end of the day ~ I'm tired and don't want to do anything other than drive home & crawl into bed... Via a short little stint on the couch!  I'm pretty confident that you can all relate....

August was a big competition month for the Gunny & I.. But mostly him.  Crazy bastard... Wait.. You'll see. 

The first event we did was the cherry point sprint tri, I somehow hurt my knee in July so I switched my individual race to a team... I would swim and my teammates ( both very fit Marines) would run & bike... Ekkkk, no pressure there!
I was a little nervous at first, not because of the swim... But more because I did not want to let them down... I'm at least 10 years their senior and not in the same shape as them... (So I thought) I might be voluptuous... But I got what it takes come game time!  I swam like a fish.. A stealthy fish... FAST!   
Overall we did rather well... I was happy and they were too.. Even with no training.. It was a wake up and oh yeah... Your competing in a sports event.  Hahahahah 

Gunny did really well... He came in 2nd in his age group!  I love listening to him talk about his training, where he "went wrong" and how he's going to fix that.  

So the 3rd weekend in August found us at the Homestead Ultra... This kind of running is a whole new animal for the gunny... It's a different kind of "spin" on a 50K.  (Ten 5k races in 10 hours). 

The race started at 7 am, gun goes off and approximately 100 runners are off... They have until 8 am to finish the first 5k.
If they don't finish within that time frame.. Their done.. Stick a fork in em...DQ'ed

Gunny was going STRONG until race #6.  That's when his legs started cramping, getting "charley horses" and was slightly dizzy.  When he came back from race #8 I told him I was ready to pull the plug... He begged me to let him go back out again and if he didn't feel better after that  he would be ok with me throwing the white towel up... Of course you have to know I was providing sports massage to him and our friend Toshia throughout the entire race.... It was helping but this distance was wearing on them...& the others as well.  I treated a few other athletes for cramping as well.. My runners were in good hands.. Mine. :-)

Gunny finished the 9th run in a time of 49 minutes... He came in at 53 minutes for the 10th & final run of the day...31 miles completed.  He looked like he was ready for the "glue factory".   Even with all of the sports massage, stretching and ice application throughout the day ... He had a weeks worth of recovery.  

We asked him if he was ready for his next one...#%€k no was his reply until the next morning at breakfast when he starts strategizing about his next race.. What he did wrong, what he's going to work on and improve.  :-)

Now he understands why I want him to take it easy and create his own "retired" athlete training schedule .... He is retired, now I just want him to focus on his athletic training.. That's his job moving forward... Besides facilitating my "honey do list" 

Good times in NC!!

Always and with the Glitter!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Providing USMT style sports massage

Today is Terrific Tuesday! ~ here I am in the new RI USMT office located at No Risk Crossfit... I'm filling in for Kristen while she's on vacation... Then heading back to Camp Lejeune NC to the Wallace Creek USMT office.

It's been an enjoyable visit this past week.  I've been able to treat many old clients along with a few new ones.  It's also given me the opportunity to train my fellow massage therapists in a few new techniques I've learned... Give the new MTs a new vision and perspective on how I work and how to provide results to our athletes and clients. 

Results are what really drives our clientele  to our office.. Who wants to deal with reoccurring injuries and suffer unnecessary pain on a daily basis?  Not me... So that's what drives me to be the best of the best!  

When clients & athletes suffer muscular injuries they are looking for the experts to help resolve those issues.  They are also looking for more than a few hours of relief.... They usually want it gone right away.  That's nothing new, but if you master your knowledge & skill set you can provide anywhere from 1-4 days of relief before they start feeling the "old signs" of the problem coming back.  Your job is to follow up with another treatment.. That's why I developed the 4 WK treatment plan... And it clearly works! ~ it provides the results they are looking for.....  

You know I could babble on about this but unfortunately it's time for me to get going!.... Ill be back soon.

Always & with the Glitter!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rhode Island's USMT New Office Location

As always we appreciate your continued patronage... We do what we do for you!

A new chapter in the USMT history books is about to commence!!

Thank you all

Always & with the Glitter!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

USMT RI office is moving!

I'm excited to share with everyone that the RI USMT office will be relocating to the NO RISK CROSSFIT facility in Smithfield RI.

We will have a brand new set of offices and exciting new opportunities within this fabulous community.

The USMT RI crew will continue to provide that same " bone crunching" sports injury massage you have all come to love and expect from us... We will never waiver in our mission to provide that specialty brand of massage that keeps you injury free and active... Doing the things you love.

Because when your happy.. We're happy!!

The phone #, hours of operation and payment methods will remain the same... The only change is the address.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions... I'm only an email, text or phone call away.

Always & with the Glitter!!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Myofascial Release Workshop Part 2

This weekend has found me & the RI USMT crew at the 2nd part of the Howard Rontel Myofascial Release workshop.   GREAT information!  

It's been really nice seeing some of the other therapists from the training we had in December... And meeting new ones as well. 

I stayed partnered with Kristen all weekend, I really wanted to get great work from a great therapist who understands what Myofascial release is, how to detect fascias "build up", adhesions etc... I didn't want to work with someone who was just learning... Now normally I would be all about this.. But this was the 2nd phase of the class and very important to grasp the new information and material to be able to bring it back to clients & Marines the following week. 

I also feel that at this point in the game therapists of our caliber shouldn't be guessing where a muscles origin & insertion is... They should know!  

I won't apologies for my standards and expectations... Call me an ass because of it but one thing is for sure... My clients appreciate that about me... They know I'm continually raising the bar.. For them!

So I'll be studying & practicing this most recent material for my certification come October 2014.  I'm confident that myself, Kristen & Holly will all be certified in Howard Rontels Myofascial Release by the end of the year.  Go USMT!!

Gotta head out .. A hard charging Marine is waiting in me.

Always & with the Glitter!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sports Massage @ Wallace Creek, Camp Lejeune NC

Ok, I'll say it... there is NOT enough of me to go around!  It's SUPER BUSY here at Wallace Creek fitness center and only one of me providing that specialty brand of sports massage & IASTM.  I constantly hear "you need to be cloned"! ~ Don't get me wrong, it's nice to hear that but I would love to be able to have other MT's in the area that can & will work the same way as me... have that same intention, provide those same goal orientated performance based outcomes for our Marines, Sailors & dependent's along with the DOD personal aboard base. 

In the massage field, I think... no I know that most MT's view it as a "status" to say they "work" with the military... I can tell you that I DO ... on a daily basis.  My office is "embedded" in a fully functional fitness facility with a SMART Clinic as well.  I have referrals from the Naval Hospital, SMART Clinic, various commands on base to individual Marines who have experienced the work as well. 

I have always said it and will continue to say it... USMT provides a special skill set, elevating the standard of care to our athletes, Military & Law Enforcement communities along clients who have been with us from the beginning.  We don't turn anyone away.

We continue to "raise the bar" with professionalism, education & knowledge.  We are the cutting edge of  SPORTS MASSAGE... we learn from the best... and with that said & to bad if someone's "panties get in a bunch"... these experts who teach us are not in the massage field. 

We / I work very well within the sports medical setting.  Too many massage therapists CAN NOT walk the walk & talk the talk.... this is from my personal experience and trust me... there is an extreme amount of experience. 

I take what I do very seriously... I love what I do!

This coming weekend will find the USMT RI & USMT NC massage therapists taking a second workshop in Myofascial Release.  Staying on top of our skill set and knowledge along with our continual commitment to you... our athletes, military, law enforcement and clientele who depend on us for our EXPERTISE!!   We got you ~ all day long!  :o)

So to sum this up... WALLACE CREEK is super busy, I'm loving what I do and saddened on a daily basis that there isn't more of "me" to go around to help this population... a much deserving population.

Always & with the Glitter!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

My First 1/2 Marathon!

Today I ran my very first 1/2 marathon with my partner in crime Kristen Paradise and the top massage therapist at the USMT RI office along with my "other" partner in crime ~ the Gunny (aka.. my husband) and Reggie ( a son from another mother) and a guest appearance from my son Eddie ( who lives in Fredericksburg VA.)  The 1/2 marathon we ran was the Marine Corps Historic Half. 

Kristen & I had some training but not nearly what we really needed but we did succeed and finished the race in the allotted  time frame, got our medals from the Marines and pretty much hobbled away to the car.

It seemed like an eternity before we got back to the car and had the same responses as most if not all of our clients after a long run like that... Very sore, very vocal about it and couldn't quite get comfortable. I think that pretty much sums it up.  We both ended up with a few blisters but nothing too crazy .. Trust me it could have been worse.

I had problems right out the gate!! Before mile one (1) my quadratus femoris and biceps femoris long head & short head started tightening up, before I knew it I felt like my knee was in a "vise grip" and being squeezed like a grape and was going to explode... Not to mention it felt like I was being "shanked" in my ankle. This carried on for 13.1 miles... Good thing I knew what muscles were acting up, how to adjust my foot placement throughout the race and what to do at the end of the race!!  

I may, repeat may do another 1/2 but not interested in the 26.2!  Ill stick to my TRI's thank you very much!!

Kudos to all the runners today, the ones that continue to run and the new runners out there!

Always & with the Glitter!!