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!!
Always & with the Glitter