Every practitioner you ask will have a different answer, and many will have a multi-part answer. I decided to take BJJ for several reasons, including to increase my level of physical activity, spend some quality time with people I care about, and most practically, for self-defense.
Physical activity is obviously healthy for utilizing muscles that aren’t exercised at my desk job. It also helps my brain stay balanced through the release of endorphins. Therefore, I must have some kind of exercise in my life.
Did you know October is National Bully Prevention Month? I didn’t even know that was a thing until my child’s PRESCHOOL sent us an announcement about it. Really…preschool. Kids are already being bullied in baby school. Once we found out about this, my husband Thomas Williams – our Jiu Jitsu instructor – asked if he could talk to the school about bullies, bully prevention, and even stranger danger awareness. As we have been doing this we have noticed a few things that parents should keep in mind.
As many of you have experienced, we offer several types of massage therapy at Balanced Bodies. You want deep tissue? We’ve got a therapist for that. You want to relax? We have one for that! You want a bit of both? We have a therapist for that too. But what about an Athlete specific massage? WE do that too! It’s called sports massage.
Many people don’t know what that even is much less feel like it is a service they can ask for. Well, here at Balanced Bodies, we specialize with athletes. We work with local gyms, CrossFit boxes, Jiu Jitsu academies, martial arts centers, running clubs, golfers, veterans, weight lifters, body builders, yoga teachers & students, dancers, etc. to not only work out their tension or help them relax but also to help them better perform with Sports Massage.
A sports massage is typically similar to a traditional combination of Swedish (relaxing) and deep tissue massage with a little bit faster pace, and a lot more attention to the bio-mechanics (body movement) of the client. In a sports massage session, we work to prevent injury by finding weak muscles, overworked muscles, and imbalanced muscles to create the most aligned, balanced, and injury-free body we can. By adding stretches, muscle resistance, and myofascial release we are able to change the mechanics of the body over time so that you can compete at your maximum capacity.
First rule for a boy scout, Great tip for a massage client.
I tell my clients all the time “This massage can only be as good as you allow it to be.” Typically I am referring to having open communication with them but I have noticed there are several things that can make or break a massage.
Because Dr. OZ said to, duh. But seriously though. I recently read an article written for Dr. OZ’s blog that raved about the benefits of coconut oil. The article has a lot to say about the health benefits of ingesting coconut oil, from lowering cholesterol to freeing the body of yeast and even weight loss. It barely skims the surface of how amazing it to use on your hair, skin, nails, and even for sexual health too! Yeah, we are going there.
There is a good chance one of our teachers or another student has invited you to Yoga class. At the very least you have heard of yoga before. Perhaps you are inspired to try but equally nervous or unsure about what to do, what to say, what to wear etc. Well, I am going to clear all of that up for you now, starting with the number one question I am asked and ending with the answers to questions no one wants to ask. Check it.
Yep. That is number one. Comfort is the most important thing in Yoga and in life in general. So wear clothes that you can comfortably move around in. Gym clothes or even lazy Saturday clothes will do just fine. I would stay away from anything too baggy because in Yoga we do go upside down to some extent and our shorts shouldn’t become thongs and our shirts shouldn’t smack us in the face. Maybe a pair of compression shorts for the men and spandex top or undershirt for the ladies. Also we get to set our feet free! That means NO shoes & NO socks. Ok wear socks if you must but eventually you will love your feet so much you will never want to wear socks. (Socks also make your feet a little extra slippery too.)
You may be wondering what yoga is, if you have to shop at Lululemon, wear Tibetan Mala beads as an accessory, or have the prerequisite of folding your legs behind your head to be qualified to do yoga.
Well guess what?! Yoga isn't any of those things!