And another reason to try massage...
The sun's warmth is finally beginning to thaw out our frozen muscles, waking them up from another long winter's nap. Marathoners have their new running shoes on, bikers have tuned their bikes...bats and balls, swimsuits and flip-flops are eagerly awaiting their emergence from that dark storage bin in the closet. As Boston prepares to take on another season of Springtime activities, it is important to remember that although it seems like a good idea to run around for miles and miles the instant it's warm enough to go sans jacket, our bodies need some prep work. Getting a regular massage will do wonders for the body. Before I mention how, think about this:
Imagine your body as a small pond. This pond is stagnant, easily accumulating leaves, dirt, and other debris that will ultimately turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Now, imagine your body as a flowing river. The water is clear and clean, transporting nutrients and maintaining life.
Our bodies are 80% water. Massage will help your body become a flowing river. • Circulation will increase. • Your muscles will soak up more oxygen and nutrients, and therefore will have more stamina and mobility. • Toxins will be transported away--less chance of cramping up and less chance of being sore. • Natural endorphins, the body's pain-killers, will be released. Advil is no match. • Chance of injury decreases exponentially.
Incorporating regular massage into training routines will help you to achieve your athletic best. Whether you're running the marathon or throwing a frisbee around, your body will thank you for turning it into a river rather than a mosquito bed.
Jennifer Hernandez, LMT Licensed Massage Therapist, Treehugger & Ecoprenuer Jen Hernandez, a Licensed Massage Therapist, is a graduate of Everest Institute in Brighton, MA. She received the Outstanding Student Achievement Award, completing her program with high honors. As a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), she integrates various massage techniques into each personalized session. These techniques include relaxation, deep tissue and trigger point massage. She incorporates other therapeutic techniques such as stretching, range of motion, and energy work.
Clients benefit from Jen’s effort to listen and understand individual needs, resulting in a massage treatment that they both want and deserve. Jen, a California native, has been living in Boston for the past five years. She graduated with a B.S. in Sociology and English from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara in California.