Month: June 2013

Free Sports Massage at the Bloomfield Sunset Classic

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Bloomfield Sunset Classic 5 mile run on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:00pm

Attention Runners,

Once again, we will doing doing pre- and post-race sports massage at this year’s Sunset Classic at Foley Field in Bloomfield.

Join us at 6:00pm for some warm-up sports  massage to get your muscles loose and ready to run.

After your run, visit us for some cool down stretching to aid your recovery.

We’ll see you there!!!

Darcy

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Sports Massage for Golfers

Golf, once considered to be a mainly mental pursuit, is now understood to be both an intellectual and physical endeavor. It is important to keep your body in good condition in order to play your best game while avoiding injuries. You can keep in perfect shape for getting out on the green by actively stretching and by getting sports massage specifically designed for golfers. Lithe, elongated muscles allow you to stretch back to prepare for a swing, while strong core muscles, such as the psoas, help you maintain your posture and help you follow through with your swing. Darcy is one of the few massage therapists in the area who is trained to work with this very important muscle, which will be discussed in a future post.

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Flexibility in the neck and shoulders can prevent muscles from tightening up during release, which will not only lessen a chance of a sprain or a tear, but will also prepare you for a full swing. Likewise, keeping hands and wrists flexible will allow for an easier grip, and can prevent injuries such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and hook of the hamate fractures. Make sure to practice proper stance and balance while swinging, as well, to avoid ankle, knee, and foot injuries, such as the intermetatarsal neuromas that can occur in a golfer’s non-dominant foot, or ankle pains that can occur as a result of excessive motion of the rear foot while following through a swing.

Golf veterans and trainers, as well as massage professionals, suggest stretching both before and after play in order to warm and relax muscles, and prevent potential injury. Many golf veterans and trainers also swear by sports massage therapy that targets potential problem areas and commonly used muscle groups. Sports massage for golfers both helps to prevent future injuries, and heightens future performance by warming up, elongating, and increasing the flexibility of important muscles.

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The Art of War to Conquer the Climb

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun TzuThe Art of War

About two months ago, I was riding with my cycling partner in The Great Swamp in Morris County. The route is relativity flat except for Long Hill Road which has a long hill you can choose to ascend. It was early in the ride on a rather chilly Sunday morning when we decided to attack this legendary hill. I pounded up the hill determined to conquer it for the first time. The hill seemed endless. Just when you think you’ve reached the crest, it continues rising in front of you, over and over again.  Needless to say, about three quarters of the way to the summit, I simply fell over. I stopped moving forward and in slow motion, I tipped right over. When my partner came back to find me, he said, “I see what happened. You were in the wrong gear! You’d never make it to the top pedaling that hard.” As I walked my bike the rest of the way to the top, I was more determined than ever to conquer every hill in front of me. So I hired cycling coach, Sandie Reilly, to teach me the art of war against the hills.

Part of my cycling training for RAGBRAI is learning to climb up hills like the one on Long Hill Road. When cycling, to reach the apex of the hill, you must keep your pedals spinning. If you stop before the top, it’s nearly impossible to get moving again. There’s no need to speed to the peak – going slow and steady will also get you to the summit.  I refuse to lose a battle by walking up another hill!

When attacking hills, I’ve been taught that you shouldn’t automatically go into your easiest gear.  Rather, you should shift up and down through your gears as the grade of the hill changes. Pedal harder, pedal easier, then pedal harder again – if you start in your lowest gear, you’ll be stuck there, burning out your muscles until you reach the pinnacle.

Once again, riding a bike creates a perfect metaphor for life. So often we are faced with hills in our life journey. Struggles exist within us, our relationships, our families, our careers or our health. Our stresses are things that we can control as well as battles out of our control. Each challenging hill needs to be attacked with a different strategy — sometimes at different speeds and in different gears.  Choosing to start in the easiest gear isn’t necessarily the best way. You can master each hill by looking ahead and taking a deep breath. Subdue that enemy hill without a fight, but rather by relaxing and planning your strategy with a variety of tactics to give yourself the advantage to take you to the top. In life, as in cycling, we will always reach the summit as long as we are always moving forward.

As we approached the end of our 25 mile loop on that early Sunday morning, my cycling partner said to me, “Ready to head back to the car?” I paused, thought for a minute, and then replied defiantly, “Actually, I’d like to conquer that hill today. I refuse to be knocked down by it.  I am not leaving until I’ve defeated Long Hill. Let’s go!” Each time I cycle now in the Great Swamp, I know that my former nemesis is waiting at the end. I can elect to turn right onto the aptly named Pleasantville Road taking the easy way out, but instead I choose to go forward to conquer Long Hill again and again and I always make it to the peak.

In my next post, we will look at what happens when you reach the summit. Here’s a hint: True cyclists never coast!

 

Sandie Reilly is a Level 2 Cycling Coach with USA Cycling. She can be reached at  908-501-3842 or email:  Sandie@sandiereilly.com

Here’s a note from Sandie about why she rides and coaches others:

I was diagnosed with MS in college while planning our wedding and starting a new semester. The shock, uncertainty and illness itself put everything in low gear where it stayed for years. It was the eye opening combination of a friend being diagnosed with ALS and my own mild exacerbation that convicted me of mediocrity. I chose then to change my perspective and make good happen instead of living in fear of what bad might happen.

I chose the bike, I chose life. Fighting the challenges of MS, injury, asthma and weight, each day on the bike made me stronger, wiser, and more determined to succeed and to share the knowledge, the gift and the joy of cycling with all no matter their challenge.  I’ve ridden and raced multiple cycling disciplines training with such notables as Olympic cycling Coach and Cycling Hall of Fame inductee, Mike Fraysse and Race Across America Co- Founder and champions Lon Haldeman and Susan Notorangelo.  I am privileged to coach and give riders the tools they need to face their own challenges and to excel.
~Sandie Reilly

“Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving forward.”- Albert Einstein

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