C'mon... Just Tri it.

Hampton Just Tri-It - Sunday June 8, 2014

The Hampton Ladies Triathlon is coming right up and we are really excited to be a part of this awesome race. Our whole team will be on site working with the competitors both before and after the race to help aid in performance & recovery of their muscles. 

I had competed in this race (with two other girlfriends) a few years ago and we had a blast! We entered as a team with my friend Adrienne (The female equivalent of Michael Phelps) as our swimmer, I tackled the Cycling portion, and my other friend Shelly brought us home with a great run performance. I can't remember how we placed, but I can remember that we all had a really fun time. If you ever wanted to dip your toe into an event/sport like Triathaloning, this is a great place to start. 

Massage at Sports Events

I thought I would take this opportunity to discuss on site Massage Therapy at events like the Tri-It. First of all, these are fun events for a therapist. You get the opportunity to work with multiple clients for short bursts, you are working with muscles that are about to be worked hard, or just have been worked hard, and as therapist, when you get caught up in all the action, you kinda feel like a Therapists for a major league athletic team. Working with clients at this time is the some of the most exciting for a therapist. 

The athletes may choose to get either a Pre-Event massage, some prefer Post Event, while some will get both. Both treatments play similar, yet slightly different functions. 

Pre-Event Massage 

~ Best time is 30 minutes prior to start.

~Therapist will prepare your muscles for high intensity work.

~ Therapist will not use deep pressure and will work at a faster tempo than usual. 

*A Pre-Event massage should not replace your warm up, it should compliment it. 

Post Event Massage

~ Perform post-event massage 30 minutes to 24 hours after the event

~A shorter massage on the muscles used in the sports activity (don’t over-do it)

~Focus on effleurage, petrissage and broadening compression 

~ Therapists should check-in with the client about pressure often

~ Utilize stretching to restore the muscles to their normal resting lengths

First Time..? 

If you have never had a massage at an event as a participant, here is a couple things to expect:

1. Massages are typically 5-10 minutes

2. You leave all your Clothes on

3. There is typically no cost

4. Don't worry about being "Sweaty", Therapists are used to it and don't think anything of it. Also, they will clean the table and their hands very thoroughly between massages.

For additional Information on the Hampton Just Tri-It you can check out:

The Event Facebook Page

Fundy Sport & Tourism has a great page outlining the event, you can find that here.

Also, Michelle Audas wrote an inspiring Blog about the event as well, you can read that here

If you would like to Volunteer at the event, please contact garth@seelystreet.com


I will leave you with some action shots of my Just Tri-It experience, I had a blast!

Hope to see you there too!

Just Tri It 2009

Just Tri It 2009

Massage Therapy - Preventative vs Restorative

"1 Ounce of Prevention is worth 10 Pounds of Cure"

A number of clients come who come to us on a regular basis, use massage as it is best purposed, as a preventative therapy. Through regular massage, clients enjoy a comfortable & relaxing experience, where their muscles are kept loose & flexible. When your muscles are strong & healthy, the feeling of having your tissue massaged and flushed is among the best of experiences going. Massage works to keep them this way.

However, we also  work with clients who are in pain at the moment and seeking relief ASAP. This is a bit different scenario where by we are no longer working on a healthy & relaxed muscle. Often times when we see patients in the pain stage,  discomfort is arising from their muscles causing an uncomfortable amount of tension, either by injury, or by the body's natural ability to guard, protect & compensate for other areas which may be injured or not as strong. This can be incredibly uncomfortable for people, and getting their muscles back to a balanced state can be quite a chore. (But the reward is worth it)

By times, our therapists must carefully work against the inflamed or over tense muscles in order to get that muscle to relax & loosen up. We literally have to exhaust the muscle, so that it is forced to relax and go into a repair mode. These tensioned muscles can also put extra strain on joints as well, masking the perceived cause of the pain. Many people assume they should go to a Chiropractor in these situations, yet often times the joint & skeletal issues are being caused by too much muscle tension.

 We also work to flush the area through pressure application which draws fluids into the region, then can be flushed out, taking with them build ups of lactic acids. This is one of the key reasons it is important to have a glass of water both before and after your treatment. 

Patients who are in this discomfort, may find their massage to feel a bit "Sharper" as they the therapist is working around an already damaged & guarded region. Communication with your therapist is essential here so they can gauge your tolerance;  and be sure to stay within your comfort level. The therapist will have to work on those "problem" muscles directly and they can often times be far more sensitive than a relaxed muscle. 

The reward though,  is more than worth it. If you have ever found yourself in an uncomfortable state, and had your pain massaged away, you can certainly understand the value of that relief. Any time you can remove excess tension from a body in repair mode, the more comfortable the patient is going to feel, and the faster they are likely to heal.