Before you choose a massage therapist, make certain he or she is licensed in the state of Colorado.
Massage therapists are required to complete a recognized course in massage therapy with at least 500 hours of course work and practical training from a massage therapy school approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
Massage therapists must pass a certified massage therapy practice exam, and complete continuing education courses in order to maintain a license.
Licensed massage therapists also agree to follow a code of conduct to protect the safety and privacy of their patients.
An unlicensed or inexperienced massage therapist could:
*aggravate an existing injury or delay healing
*lessen flexibility, range of motion or mobility in some people
*be unaware of the effects of chronic conditions
You deserve the best treatment from the most qualified, experienced and licensed massage therapist.
We should be stretching to stay limber and flexible, but if we stretch in a way that overstresses muscles or tendons, we can cause strains or even sprains while stretching.
Not all injuries come as a result of a single, bad stretch, either. Repetitive stretching that’s improperly done can cause injury over time.
Ideally, we should not wait until an injury occurs to begin stretching to relieve the pain or regain mobility. We should stretch every day.
As we age, we begin to lose flexibility and range of motion, especially in the shoulders and low back, which can then lead to other mobility issues.
Fortunately, age-related loss of flexibility can be reversed with a daily stretching program.
1. Get Outside. It’s hard not to do something physical once you’re out of doors.
2. Set a challenge. Even if you can’t get to your regular workout every day while traveling and visiting, can you do something each and every day?
3. Use Feet-First Sightseeing. If you’re traveling, get to know a neighborhood by walking around and exploring it.
4. Partner up. Partner up with someone you’re traveling with to make sure you both get in a workout.
5. Sign up for a race. Sign up for a race sometime after the holidays so you’re motivated to stay in shape during the holidays.
6. If the weather is terrible, look for a workout station, YouTube video or DVD.Try something entirely new, you may enjoy it.
7. Treat yourself to something new. Give yourself a new piece of workout clothing or workout gear, then use it during the holidays.
8. Start a family tradition. Establish some type of activity that the whole family can participate in and make it an annual event.
9. Do something you enjoyed doing in your childhood–sledding, a snowball fight, or ice skating. All of these can get your muscles moving and your heart pumping.
10. Find a great deal. Many gyms offer special deals during the holidays. Join up or take advantage of a free personal consultation about your fitness goals.
11. Dance! If a holiday party has good music, get up and dance!
12. Cruise the mall. Before you begin shopping in earnest, take a full lap of the mall.
When the champagne powder turns to springtime slush, skiers and snowboarders risk injury to knees and ankles because your technique may need to change to fit the snow conditions. It is more difficult to carve turns or make quick movements when the snow is wet and heavy.
After a day of skiing or snowboarding in spring conditions, a good neuromuscular massage will help relieve any stiffness or soreness after that workout.
Tennis uses most of your core muscles, and puts particular strain on your elbows and shoulders. A good stretch before and after you play will help keep you from injury. If you’re still stiff and sore, come in for a good neuromuscular massage. #MarktheSpotMassage