October 3, 2017

Preggers!

Prenatal Massage

Pregnancy is a glorious journey, one filled with hope and love and trepidation. It’s a special time, a whole nine (ten) months where you can celebrate the miracle of being the Bringer of Life.   You are a goddess, the gateway of existence, a vessel of pure treasure.

But…

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate how much of an effort it is to grow a baby.  Things swell, joints ache, muscles cramp, you get kicked and pummelled, and if the heartburn doesn’t kill you, then needing to pee twenty times in the night just might finish you off.

Pregnancy Massage

You need special care when you’re pregnant.  That’s where we can help.

Prenatal Massage incorporates both remedial and relaxation techniques to ease some the aches and pains caused by the pressures of pregnancy, providing a multitude of benefits for both mother and baby.

Massage reduces peripheral swelling, soothes the nervous system, helps to prevent insomnia, muscle cramps and back pain, and can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Regular massage throughout the pregnancy is also said to shorten labour time and help with the return to optimal fitness after birth.

And wouldn’t we all love a shorter labour time.

You should take care during the first trimester, but Prenatal Massage is beneficial throughout your whole pregnancy, including in the months after you’ve had your baby.  Let’s face it, you’ve now got a tiny bundle that weighs a few kilos that you’re going to be juggling on a permanent basis, so your neck and shoulders are going to get tense.

Pregnancy Yoga

Your Prenatal Massage at Fluid Health

If you’re not already a client of ours receiving regular massages, we’d want you to take care during your first trimester.  You wouldn’t want to start doing something new and different in the first delicate stages, so just take care of yourself and relax.  In the second trimester, we can treat you to a beautiful and very therapeutic massage.

We have a special pregnancy mat that we can set up on our massage tables that will allow you to lie on your stomach without any discomfort. The mat looks like a normal massage table, except with an egg-shaped dip where your belly will go.  If you prefer, we can perform the massage with you lying on your side, which is also very relaxing. Once the pregnancy is advanced, however, we discourage you from lying on your back as this may cause pressure on deep blood vessels.

Our massage therapist will then perform a relaxing and therapeutic massage treatment based on your needs and comfort level.  You’ll walk out feeling a million bucks!

So take care of yourself during this special time.  Call us on 03 99391133 or click here to book a pregnancy massage now.

Maria Savva“Regular treatment during pregnancy has meant my body has been able to cope with all these changes, including minimising the usual aches and pains associated with pregnancy. It makes me feel mobile and ‘normal’.”   – Maria Savva, 36 weeks.

 

605 Running Crew

Okay, I’ll get it out of the way.  Running is hard, running a marathon is ridiculous, why would anyone want to do it, why the hell did I decide to do it in the first place, blah blah blah, oh god please kill me now.

That’s my usual spiel, and that’s how I always feel 3 km into any run I do.  Still.  But a few things have changed since my last blog, and the differences are incredible.

Yes, my last blog was ages ago. There’s a few reasons for that.  But the most important one is that I didn’t think I was going to make it to the start line of the Melbourne Marathon, so I was a bit embarrassed about continuing to blog when I was just going to fail anyway.

Training for a marathon is just not what I thought it would be.  I thought it would be hard slog to push myself to run a little bit longer, and a little bit further.  Don’t get me wrong, it IS that, but it’s also about managing injuries that pop up when you start to push yourself that little harder.

Because I’m not a seasoned runner, this was bound to happen.  Every time I get a little niggle that pops up, I talk to Michael, our functional movement specialist here, and he figures out what I’m doing wrong and gives me exercises to build up the muscles that aren’t working properly.  But in his words, it’s like trying to change a tyre while the car is still moving.

What I SHOULD have been doing was running for a couple of years before I started to load up on the k’s.  But I didn’t, and I’m still going.

And there’s a few reasons why I haven’t let anything defeat me yet.

Firstly, I’ve got myself a coach.  This guy:

Running Coach Chris Wright

Chris Wright breezed into the clinic one day to have a look around our Recovery Centre.  He’s an amabassador for Nokkon – active lifestyle services and product company that aims to support those who are out there helping others to live healthier lives.  Chris invited me to join a running crew that meets at 6.05am on Tuesdays – all levels, all shapes and sizes.  It had occurred to me before that I might need some running buddies for support and motivation, so I said yes and fronted up to meet the 605 crew the next morning.

I got a lot more than I expected.  I thought it would be a casual run and some nice chats with people that share running as a common interest.

What I got was an entry into the Running Community – bucketloads of support, truckloads of encouragement, and a whole heap of lovely new friends.

605 Running Crew

The 605 Crew

The running community is incredible – they support each other tirelessly.  We share and celebrate each other’s achievements and commiserate our low points – after all, we’re all going through the same thing.  We all run for a reason, weather it’s to see how far we can push ourselves, or connect with other runners, or to beat back our demons.

The 605 crew gave me an entry into this community, and I’m so glad I joined.  If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have made it this far.

We do it in the dark!

So with the 605 crew having my back and Chris on board as my coach and cheerleader, I was on the right path.  Chris designed me a training program to help me get to the Melbourne Marathon without dying.  My first big milestone on this path would be the half-marathon.  So with my heart in my mouth I entered the Run Melbourne Half Marathon.

The Half was a lot harder than I expected.  Mostly because I’d set myself the ridiculous goal of trying to do it in under 2 hours, which is too much for a first timer (especially one that only started running at the start of the year!)  I struggled very badly, and made a few stupid mistakes.  I took on too much water beforehand, and had to stop to pee twice.  I didn’t run with a pacer, and I didn’t have my Strava telling me how fast I was going.  I hadn’t trained on enough hills, so every slight incline took it out of me.  So consequently, even though I finished the half marathon in an incredible time – 2.04 – I spent the rest of the day crying because I was so disappointed that I didn’t break 2 hours.

That’s me at the end of my race!

So I cried, but it was a nice kind of crying, the kind where you’re disappointed, but also kind of happy that you’re experiencing life and all it’s ups and downs.  You know, sad but happy that you get to experience the sad.  It was weirdly nice and horribly disheartening at the same time.

And now I have another goal to beat before the end of the year – a sub 2 hour half marathon.

But before then, I have to finish this marathon!  Until now, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it.  After the half marathon, my body decided to start letting me know that what I was trying to do was ridiculous.  First, my ankle was giving me grief, then my knee, then my hip, and now I’m feeling the dreaded cramp of Plantar Fasciitis.

I’m incredibly lucky to have access to our Recovery Centre.  I’m in the ice baths after every run, I chill out in the far infrared sauna, and I’m always hanging on our lounges with the recovery pump boots.  It’s been essential in getting me this far.

And I’m still going.

And on Friday, I managed my last long run before taper.  I ran 35km, and I’m still alive.

I think I can do this.  I HAVE to do this.

Wish me luck!

Recovery Pumps

If you’ve ever wandered out into our Recovery Centre, you may have noticed some of our members and athletes leisurely lying back in our comfy reclined lounges with inflatable boots on. Some might be lying there reading a book, others may even be having a little nap, but there is definitely a lot more going on here than just a rest.

You might be wondering what on earth those boots are for and probably a whole heap of other questions… lucky we are so happy to share our knowledge!

Muscle soreness and fatigue builds up after high levels of exercise and training. While it would be nice to have a sports massage everyday, for a lot of people, this is just not possible. However, the recovery pumps and boots can be used as a daily, aggressive recovery treatment for fatigued muscles (and if you become a member of our Athlete’s Lounge Recovery Centre, you can most certainly use them daily!)

The recovery pump system increases blood circulation by applying compression to help clear out metabolic waste build up, while restoring the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles.

Recovery Pump BootsA ‘massaging’ type action squeezes air filled chambers, starting from the foot and sequentially filling to the last chamber at the top of the thigh and hip. If you have ever had your blood pressure taken, it feels very similar to this. The recovery pumps and boots deflate after about 30 seconds, allowing the blood to flow. This cycle then repeats itself for up to 30 minutes or more – depending on how long you’d like to stay in them. It’s highly relaxing and no surprise that our members often fall asleep while using them.

The recovery pumps and boots manipulate the venous system through compression, rather than the muscle itself to remove inflammation in the joints, soft tissue and muscles. The pumps also achieve quite a different outcome to massage therapy and ice baths, although we recommend all three for fantastic forms of recovery and injury prevention. Massage primarily works muscle groups, elongates them, draws fluid from them and relaxes them. Ice baths constrict blood vessels resulting in reduced swelling, tissue breakdown and flushing lactic acid. For injury, this is great news, but for muscle recovery from daily training, the recovery pumps are a more desirable tool. Plus, this means you don’t have to brave freezing temperatures in the middle of winter everyday!

Recovery pumps and boots can actually be used pre and post training – it all just depends on the desired outcome. For pre-training, try using them for 15-20 minutes to get the blood moving and dilate the vascular system. This is pretty much the equivalent of a warm up jog, but can be done in a passive way without dipping in to your energy stores. Awesome!

Recovery Pump BootsIf using the pumps post training or immediately after a workout, 30-45 mins is sufficient. But if you are using the pumps on a pure recovery day where no training goes down, you can be in them for up to an hour. They are simple to use, fully adjustable and incredibly relaxing.

We can’t encourage the use of the pumps more highly and if you’re interested in starting up a recovery centre membership with us, please enquire next time you’re in the clinic, or call us on 9939 1133.

 

*If you’re into studies and research, this might float your boat:

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