On May 8th 2015 I met the lead singer from the band The Prodigy. What a thoroughly splendid guy.
As we started the sports massage he told me that he regularly has treatment when he is on tour. That evening he was playing at the Motorpoint Arena here in Cardiff.
We spoke about our hobbies: mountain biking and motor bikes, pets and his career. A much enjoyable 90 minutes of my life.
After the sports massage he did say that he felt ‘ace’ and that I was the first therapist to massage his arms (I figured with all that dancing it would help). How he had enjoyed his first experience of the new techniques I’d used to psyche him up for the gig and off he strolled as if totally prepared for the night’s events!
Overall, a great night’s work! :o)
In September 2014 I received my letter of thanks for all my hard work with the NZ Athletics team. I provided sports massage in cardiff to the athletes for two weeks as they built up to the 2015 Commonwealth games in Glasgow.
Here’s the letter of thanks.
I’m keeping in contact with them and hope to catch up some time in the future!
From the 10th July to 20th July 2014 I was chosen by the New Zealand lead physiotherapist to come along to treat the athletes whilst they were on tour in Cardiff. They were on their way to Glasgow for the Commonwealth games 2014.
Everyone was so friendly I immediately felt part of the team. It was a great pleasure to assist them at the Welsh Nationals on Tuesday 15th July and to watch them perform.
Each athlete has their own coach and way of preparing from the Commonwealth games so it was a diverse and interesting mix of sports massage treatments that needed to be done.
I really hope that I was able to help them in their preparation for the games and look forward to seeing them win some medals!
Sports Massage helps a longer-term training regime, such as that Marathon Des Sables, being undertaken by Vitality Fitness regular customer, Adam Chapman.
The Marathon Des Sables is an ultra-marathon which means covering 156 miles over 6 days with only one day rest! As if that was not enough it is in one of the world’s most gruelling environments; the Sahara desert. It will most definitely be hot (understatement of the year). Anyway so Adam is definitely hard-core to want to do this race! He is running to raise money for the charity Walking with the Wounded and you can catch up with Adam on his blog below:
Sports massage therapy can benefit every part of an athlete’s training program. Sports massage can help to treat specific problems that are preventing you from following your training program, speed up your recovery, reduce adhesions or ‘tight’ areas in your muscle by increasing circulation.
Runners get a great deal from sports massage due to the repetitive muscle contraction required for running. During a longer run the muscles, tendons, fascia and ligaments are all put under a lot of stress from the force exerted on them by running. Sports massage will reduce tension in the muscles produced from running and reduce soreness after training. Any injuries which do occur (from insufficient warm up or cool down etc) can be properly treated by reducing scar tissue and in doing so reducing the reoccurrence of the same injury.
As some massage techniques used by Donna increase lymphatic flow, an increased amount of wastes are drained from muscles, including lactic acid which leads to that shorter recovery time I’ve mentioned above. Any soreness in the muscles from a heavy training session can be reduced by sports massage, range of motion can be restored or improved (depending on the sport), overall performance and running technique (efficiency) itself improved.
Runners can help the benefits of sports massage to stay with them longer by drinking plenty of water, improving sleep patterns, appropriate nutrition and stretching.