I love all things sports. I would sit and stare at ESPN 24/7 if I could. I work in the construction industry. I've never seen "The Notebook" or "Twilight". I like fixing and building stuff. And my musical tastes range from Foo Fighters & Metallica to George Strait & Alabama.
I'm a dude.
But over the last few months I've been engaging in something that some would consider a little fem ... massages! No, not the kind with candles, vegetables on your face, soft pillows, and potpourri (or what ever that smelly stuff is called) ... but rather the deep tissue, separate your muscle fiber, lift you off the table in pain kind. And it's awesome!
Michael and I have become friends with a cool girl/woman (I never know what to call a female in her 20's) who is an amazing massage therapist. Plus she is a runner, so we usually talk running and fitness and compare notes on recent races. At first I was a little skeptical of the whole thing, but Michael convinced me to go because of all the stress and mileage I put on my legs. And honestly, it has helped 100%.
It's not really "relaxing". I mean, sometimes I think she's actually pushing her fingers all the way through my leg muscles and touching my bone marrow. And I'm pretty sure my calves hate her. It can be a little painful. I've never cried ... though I've wanted to. But I try to go the week after I run a marathon and it seems to do wonders for my recovery. Literally the day after I see her, my legs feel refreshed and most of the soreness is gone from the previous race.
I think more than anything, she loosens up the muscle fiber that may be little knotted up, and increases blood flow and circulation to those areas. But it really helps that she's a runner because she understands exactly what areas need more attention than others - plus she's totally cool.
So if you're looking for something to ease the pain of a recent race, and you don't mind letting someone strap you down to a torcher rack for about an hour - I would highly recommend it. My legs have never felt better!
... be great today!