Since I have a love of bodywork, self-care, and bowling, I chose to speak to the bowling community a little about where these topics intersect. I designed a three-week course with a class syllabus, lecture notes and handouts. To be clear, I am neither a bowling coach, nor a pro bowler. I am pulling together my bodywork, health and wellness, and bowling knowledge and resources thus far to hopefully help the bowling community with injury prevention and wellness while doing what they love. Thank you.
I hope to educate my clients and the community on the importance of massage and daily self-care. I believe there are a lot of people suffering from pain and discomfort living in bodies that feel like a prison, and if I could help some of these people live a better-quality life, well that is why I do what I do! <3
McIntosh’s article describes the many causes, risks, various symptoms, treatment approaches, and ways to prevent back pain. Various stacked factors can cause back pain, such as one’s diet, stress levels, sleep quality, posture, inactivity, overactivity, obesity, genetics, and using incorrect form in exercise. These are all things I try to bring light to when I am in session with my clients. Massage therapy including but not limited to deep tissue massage, Shiatsu, trigger point therapy, Thai massage, and sports massage, are excellent for pain management. The article goes on to explain that much of the time, back pain can be resolved with a few lifestyle tweaks and complementary therapies such as massage, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic and seeing an osteopathic physician. Check out this article for more information on what might be causing your back pain!
Article: “What is Causing This Pain in My Back?” by Cleveland Clinic
If you are a client of mine, or have had a massage before, you have probably been reminded many times of the importance of self-care between massages. This can be done with proper hydration, diet, exercise, stretching, sleep, stress management, and the help of a few optional tools. Of course, carving out the time each day and making it a priority is of the utmost importance as well. Check out this article for more information on foam rollers and massage tools!
Article: “Massage Rollers and More: How to Ease Neck, Back and Body Pain with Simple Tools” by Cleveland Clinic
Some of my favorite affordable tools include the standard foam roller, therapy ball, and a Theracane. If you’re willing to invest a little more cash, check out the Hypervolt (and get training on how to use it!), Chirp wheel, Melt Method hand & foot kit, as well as Christine Koth’s Hip Hook & Hip Flexor Release Ball, and the Pso-Rite psoas release tool.
There are various massage styles such as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Thai massage, Shiatsu, and sports massage. Many of these are excellent for pain management, mobility, stress management, and more. You can find massage therapy in local spas, resort spas, chiropractic offices, hospitals, or you could have a mobile massage therapist travel to your home or work. It’s a good idea to book a monthly massage for maintenance. Depending on your career and how much you ask of your body, you may even do weekly or bi-weekly massages. Don’t feel guilty for taking care of your body, you only get one! So, treat it with love. Check out this article on the various styles of massage therapy!
Article: “Types of Massage Therapy to Try” by Cleveland Clinic