Self-Care

Moving Times

Posted by on Jun 6, 2020 in Massage, Recovery, Self-Care | Comments Off on Moving Times

Moving Times

As of June 1st, 2020, we have moved our office into a small, boutique personal training facility in east-central Boulder!The collaborative space is run by Future Proof Movement and we are “next-door roomies”with our good friend, Dr. Sarah Ceschin, owner of Boulder Sports Physio. This move is exciting for the new opportunities it presents and the new location brings us closer to our friends at Boulder Rock Club, Mapleton YMCA,Boulder Running Company, and Whole Foods. Great news for those who would like to arrive via bike, running, walking, rollerblading, etc–the Goose Creek Path runs right next to us! Don’t worry, there is plenty of parking right outside if you do chose to come by car. We’ve taken a bunch of photos to help you get a better feel for the location and our space within[See the location page]. Please let Kate know if you have any questions or...

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WFH Issues?

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Self-Care | Comments Off on WFH Issues?

WFH Issues?

Has stay-at-home meant you’ve been working and sitting in an less than optimal position for long periods of time? Does your couch make an ideal desk for your laptop? Has the whole “social isolation” thing been causing you to sleep in weird positions? Kate recorded this video as part of the “Be Boulder, Go Farther” virtual speaker series, with Go Far Shop co-owner, Kate King, and broadcast in April 2020. Kate’s session is part talk-based and, part instructional on stretches you can do on/at your desk and how to best use a foam roller & Trigger Point MB5 foam ball. If you could use a few simple tips to help you loosen-up, and straighten-up then hopefully some of the tips, exercises and workplace set-up advice in this video will...

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Covid-19 Closing & Resources

Posted by on Apr 9, 2020 in Recovery, Self-Care | Comments Off on Covid-19 Closing & Resources

Covid-19 Closing & Resources

As of March 19th, 2020, Governor Polis announced that we are shut down until May 1, 2020 As difficult as that was to hear and process, I know this is what we must do to combat the spread of this awful virus. And although the work I do is incredibly helpful and intrinsic to many of my clients day to day well-being. I know taking myself out of the equation is the best thing for you, me and our families.  The show of kindness and support from you, my clients, has been overwhelming and so touching, especially those of you who have purchased gift cards. My husband knows that if he sees me with tissues, I’ve received another email from one of you amazing people. I am leaving the videos and buying links that I sent in the last email so that if you missed them–they are here for you now!If you have any questions about issues you are experiencing or stretches that might be great for you–please feel free to call or text me at #(720) 600-2208. I am available for Zoom or FaceTime meetings. No cost to you. Boulder Bodyworker Foam Rolling Videos on YouTube Here’s the link to purchase the handy-dandy Trigger Point MB5 via Amazon.Shown here with the MB1–which is more lacrosse ball size.I’d like you to get the MB5. Our fave MB5 ball videos Here’s my favorite staple foam roller, the high-density foam, 6″x 36″version also available on...

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Foam Roller Clinic-April 7, 9:30 am

Posted by on Mar 3, 2019 in Boulder Bodyworker Events, Self-Care | Comments Off on Foam Roller Clinic-April 7, 9:30 am

Foam Roller Clinic-April 7, 9:30 am

Please join us Sunday, April 7th for a Foam Roller Clinic at Boulder Athleta. Whether you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior, or desk worker, this FREE class will offer techniques and guidance to keep you operating in peak physical and mental performance. There will be light refreshments and yummy food to follow, plus raffle items and giveaways. Please come join us for this healing and relaxing event! Click the link to register so we know how many to plan for. This event is B.Y.O.R. (Bring Your Own Roller) Register for the foam roller...

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Three quick foam roller tips:

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Recovery, Self-Care, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three quick foam roller tips:

Three quick foam roller tips:

It’s foam roller clinic season and here are a few pointers we like to throw out to participants to answer some FAQ’s…. 1) If you are pressed for time, foam rolling post-activity is a more economical use of your time. 10 minutes to roll glutes, hamstrings, quads and low back are usually a great and semi-easy routine to commit to. 2) DO NOT waste your time rolling your IT bands. The muscle that regulates the tightness of your IT band is actually between the ASIS (top bump on your pelvis) and the greater trochanter (head of your hip), it’s name is the Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL) A more efficient use of your time and energy is to get a lacrosse ball, stand near a wall and put the ball on the wall at the correct height for the TFL and lean your leg/hip/TFL into the ball–with your weight off the leg being worked. We have a video here on the the website showing how to do this…or check out our YouTube channel. Here’s the link to our channel & video: 3) Foam rollers are not all created the same. The white foam (in our estimation) can break down and become too squishy very quickly. Which negates their effectiveness. They are great for beginners who are new to rolling, but be aware you will need to graduate to the more firm rollers about 3-4 months after purchasing. Our fave rollers are the 36-inch, black polystyrene rollers. Fave retailer is Amazon, here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/LuxFit-Premium-Density-Roller-Round/dp/B00KAEJ3UE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484591353&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=foam+roller&psc=1&smid=AY3M3JM02VPZV Here’s why. The black rollers are made of a firmer/dense foam roller that lasts quite a long time, even with dedicated usage. The size that we chose is due to the fact that you can do more things with the longer version. Our favorite move that demonstrates this best is, when lying with the foam roller parallel to the spine, with one end resting where your skull and spine meet (occipital ridge) and the other end resting at your sacrum (base of the spine) A very small movement (2-3 inches) back and forth (left to right) to each side of the spine is the most awesome feeling and release after a long day on your feet, after a run, long drive, etc. We like to stretch our arms out to each side to stabilize ourselves and open the chest a bit. Throw in some deep breaths and stay here for as long as you like, but at least 2 minutes to give the muscles a chance to “let go.” Try it and let us know what you think next time you are in....

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I don’t wanna do my homework!!

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Massage, Recovery, Self-Care | Comments Off on I don’t wanna do my homework!!

I don’t wanna do my homework!!

After you have had a good massage, the last thing you want is to worry about what you should do after. But if you really want to continue to feel good and let the massage really “soak in”, there are a few do’s and don’ts that we can suggest.   1) PUSH THE FLUIDS. Water is optimal, but other liquids will do. Alcohol and caffeine are not optimal fluid sources. We want to get all those nasty metabolic wastes out of you tissues instead of allowing them to hang out, so hence the flush of fluids. I tell clients to act as though you have a cold and need to flush yourself with good stuff to get those germs out.   2) EAT SOMETHING. I have yet to have anyone have a negative reaction when I give this piece of advice post-session. In my experience of almost 13 years of massage, there seems to be a “magic window” of time-about 60 or 90 minutes after you are off the table-that you have before all those metabolic wastes (see #1) re-circulate through your system and reach your stomach. If, when they get to your stomach, there is not much or nothing in there and you are in any way dehydrated, you stand a healthy chance of feeling pretty crappy really soon. Nausea, body aches, headache and general malaise are on their way! Now I have had a few clients in the past who have had little or no issues after a massage and no meal–but I have had more clients who HAVE had symptoms and really didn’t like it. Do you really want to risk it?   3) HEAT PLEASE. I am a big proponent of heat. If after your massage you feel bruise-y or sore I suggest grabbing your heating pad or getting in a nice, hot shower or bathtub of Epsom Salts. I also use a homeopathic topical cream called Traumeel. It is a little pricey, but you don’t need much for it to work well. A small tube lasts me several months usually. Any kind of soreness or bruise-y spots MOST OFTEN resolve after the first 24-36 hours. If it lasts longer, this is definitely a topic to bring up with you massage therapist.   Also, if after your massage you have questions about what was done during your session or need more information on what you can do to help yourself–don’t hesitate to shoot us an email or call the office and just ask–we are here to help....

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