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My holiday wish list….Pilates, massage & foam rollers, oh my!

 

• Maybe your hips are tight. 

• Maybe your back is locked and it’s affecting your sleep, your energy, and your mood.

• Maybe you have sciatica pain down your leg and it’s affecting your activities of daily living.

• Maybe your range of motion is lessened due to tightness in the rotator cuff.

• Maybe you’re overweight and the excess fat is hurting your joints. Or your heart.

• Maybe you’re depressed right now.

• Maybe your hormones are raging and all over the place.

 

My friend, enough is enough. Today is the first day of your new plan to restore, re-energize and recover. Today you will change your direction away from injury toward wellness. Today, you become the captain of your health and begin your plan to FEEL YOUR BEST. You see, we live in a traditional system that is predominately REACTIVE but we need to be PROACTIVE. And so I ask, “Why Wait?” Why wait for a need so great?

Permit me to make some professional recommendations that will help you improve your performance and everyday living. Your LIFE. These are methods, tools and modalities that will help you live and feel extraordinary.

Note: And if you are currently in a high-intensity interval training program (like our classes at Allegro), then these restorative measures are even more important to help you recover and re-energize. Together, it’s an ideal combination to help you BE YOUR BEST.

Pilates.

It’s almost 100 years old and a great form of exercise. Pilates has changed my entire philosophy of training and how improving our stabilization first gives us a firm foundation to build strength, power and endurance. Pilates provides full body conditioning to build flexibility, lengthen muscles, and strength legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. There are some very specific, unique exercises for the feet, for ankle mobility, for hip mobility, and core strengthening. While Pilates is a great form of strength training for most, I love it for the restorative aspect as well. The breath work alone is therapeutic as it calms the central nervous system. The purpose of Pilates is to help you open your body, create balance, awareness and strength. At Allegro, we call this class “CRUNCH”.

 

Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

Ahhhh. Why do we wait until something hurts to get a massage? Despite hundreds of different forms of bodywork, the bottom line is that soft tissue work manipulates fascia to help restore balance and alignment. A great goal is one hour of massage each week. A minimum goal is one hour of massage a month. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

Massage also allows you to disconnect with the “busyness” of life. There’s a lot to be said for that. Simply put, I believe folks who get regular massage are just happier human beings. I get one every single month and it is the highlight of my month. If you need a good referral, we have a few select therapists who are absolutely divine!

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy.

Alert. Alert. Alert. You do NOT need to be hurt to see a chiropractor. As a matter of fact, I’m going to encourage you to visit a skilled chiropractor BEFORE you get hurt. Chiropractors can really help your neuro-muscular system as well as your skeletal system. They do far more than adjust the spine.

 

Nowadays, many chiropractors infuse highly touted progressive protocols as part of their treatment services: A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), cold-laser therapy, Graston, Kinesiology taping, etc.

Chiropractors and physical therapists can play a pivotal role in helping you perform and feel your best. Their services should not only be associated with recovery from injury.

 

Foam Rolling.

Some call it “poor man’s massage.” I say it’s a “smart ADDITION to massage.” Foam rolling creates self myo-fascial release (myo = muscle; fascia = connective tissue enveloped around every tendon, ligament, nerve, muscle, bone, and organ of the body). You can do this practically anyplace, anywhere. Purchase an inexpensive foam-roller or Grid for less than $40 and use it EVERYDAY. Just 10-15 minutes on the mid-thoracic region, glutes, IT-Band, calves, quads, and lats will go a long way toward soft tissue pliability. This is a GREAT thing.