Rio 2016: The Olympic Massage

July 26, 2016 by Jordan Nunziato

Rio 2016: The Olympic Massage

Why Massage Therapy is a Must for Olympians  

 

The Olympic games offers a unique opportunity for skilled massage therapists to blend their passion for healing with a love of sports. Considered to be the pinnacle of competition, the internationally studded Olympic stage is the ultimate event for sport lovers. For practitioners of sports massage, there is no greater honor than helping Olympic athletes bring their A game.

 

In an article recently published in Massage Magazine entitled: “Olympic Hopeful Counts on Massage”, author Seraine Page writes that massage therapy helped international weightlifting champ, Melanie Roach, succeed as a world-class athlete.

 

“When you’re training really hard, everything gets really tight,” Roach explained in the article. “Massage has always been a part of my training.”

 

In the beginning, Roach relied on sports massage, but now, she says, she uses Hellerwork as her go-to treatment. Hellerwork is designed to release the tension that exists in the deep connective tissue, called fascia, and return it to a normal alignment. It guides clients into awareness of how to hold their bodies and mindsets in a way that provides optimal support.

 

Hellerwork also incorporates a mind-body-spirit approach, which Roach believes makes her more mindful of her body’s limits as an older Olympian.

 

“I’m much more fragile [now],” Roach said. “I’m more calculated … my chance for an injury is really a higher risk. That’s why bodywork and massage work is so important for what I’m trying to do.”

 

Although Roach won’t be representing team USA in Rio this summer, she continues to incorporate massage therapy in her daily training.

 

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