Marathon runners, to 5k racers all exert a strain on their bodies. The field of endurance running specifically has many apps, diets, and training regimens to follow. However all of these regimens have one thing in common, that is to strain the body, and then allow it to recover. Adding bodywork into your training regimen will increase your body's ability to recover quickly, and correctly. Many runners joke about always running while injured, but that is not needed. Recovery, and repair is the most important aspect of training. Bodywork will help by breaking up old scar tissue and separating both the muscle bundles and individual muscle fibers.
Long, flexible muscle fibers increase performance and recover faster post event. Increasing circulation of blood and fluids aids in post recovery and especially in transporting oxygen and substances the cells and tissues need to repair themselves. Supplements and nutrition are important, but it will not matter if those nutrients do not get to where they are needed.
Internal hip rotators, the most common being piriformis, illiopsoas or hip flexors, and attention to your “walk cycle” are a big part of these sessions.
Golf is a game where the mind leads the body, and does so probably more so than in any other sport. This mind body connection is more than important, it is mandatory. If a twinge or a tightness happens in your swing, that mental distraction could cost you yardage on a drive, or strokes on the green. If your body is working fluidly, and your fluids are freely moving throughout your system, your swing will end up being as perfect as you can imagine it in your head. To this end attention to your fluid systems is indicated. Also focus will be directed at “walk cycle” and hip and pelvic function.
We hold instruments, or postures for hours a day, practicing the same motions over and over again. We pour our emotions out, and what is that? a tweak in my back?
This is normal for musicians who have to deal with repetitive strain injuries all the time, and the emotional effects of those injuries as well. Cases of focal dystonia, performance anxiety, and joint degradation can be traced back to the body not operating efficiently.
An old musician axiom is "work smarter not harder" and this should ring true for our bodies. Bodywork can treat and identify most repetitive strain injuries before they happen
String players deal with back and shoulder pain. Regular bodywork can identify and relay the overused muscles and spread the load to the entire mechanism
Singers and wind players move lots of air, and those respiration muscles can get overworked. any slight addition of tension to this mechanism can destroy a musician's sound, or strain a singer's voice.
Pianists and guitar players have to deal in siting in the same position for long periods of time, and unknowingly this can lead to back aches, stinted muscles, and all sorts of long term playing issues
Musicians spend lots of money repairing and maintain their instruments, so investing in bodywork will help you maintain yourself.
Releasing the respiratory, thoracic and pelvic diaphragms. Balancing the shoulder girdle with the pelvic girdle can greatly increase ease throughout the body structure.
Sitting at a desk, typing, or chasing a child around can create the same stress patterns in the average human as you can develop training for the Olympics. Many people deal with problems everyday by taking ibuprofen, or attributing their pain to old age. If you think you don't feel as good as you used to, give Bodywork a try. From your first session you will re-discover the body you took for granted until one day it fought back!