Welcome to a new regular feature ... the guest post. An interesting way to share information and knowledge among the online sporting community.
I've invited some of my clients to answer a few questions in the form of a Q&A post. They all have very different connections to sport and I look forward to reading and sharing their responses with you in the future.
Today's post welcomes Personal Trainer and Crossfit / Boot-Camp Coach,
Fascia is a continuous piece of fibrous material that wraps the body just underneath the skin. It is one of the least understood tissues in the body. Just as vital as bone and muscle, fascia permeates nearly every aspect of the human form. Healthy fascia is as important to well being as healthy muscles; fascial imbalances can lead to a host of physical problems, from chronic pain to limited range of motion.
I had a new client this week who was in his early 70's. During the session, I asked if there was a reason for him booking a massage and he told me he was in training to do a 10k run. I was impressed and asked which race he was considering. He told me in great detail about the Great Manchester Run which is taking place throughout the city in a weeks time on May 22nd.
He then mentioned about five other 10k runs which were also happening locally later this year...
Two of the most common physical problems that clients mention to me before a massage, is pain in their lower back and tension across their shoulders.
Working at a desk, is, for the majority of us, a fairly common place to spend our day. Our bodies tend to be naturally lazy and will easily slip into postures that they find to be comfortable. Unfortunately these 'bad-habit positions' are invariably not good for either our health or our bodies long term posture.
Everyone has different needs and requirements for their Massage and I try, whenever I can, to be flexible and offer clients a tailored booking to suit.
Last week, I had a runner from Salford Uni book a three quarters of an hour session, concentrating just on his legs and lower back. He enjoyed the session so much, that he extended it to an hour and left feeling great. Offering to pass on my details to his running friends. All good.