Saturday, December 24, 2016
I began using ReVive Massage Therapy last October when I threw my back out picking up my 7 pound cat. I had made a post on FB. Virginia, the owner, responded with a mention of massage in addition to the chiropractic care I was receiving. Not wanting to sound like an ambulance chaser, she gave me my first massage free. So I drove the 55 miles down to Chattanooga to see if she could "fix" me.
I was impressed with her knowledge of anatomy and the functional relationships of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. After that first session, along with several chiropractic adjustments, I was well on my way to recovery.
Over the past year, I have been to see Virginia about 8 times. Several have been for a particular issue such as rotator cuff strain, hamstring pull, and hip flexor strain. I have also gone when my muscles have gotten "sticky" and tight after a hard training week. Small, but powerful, she has been able to release the muscles as well as help in recovery of my overuse injuries.
Ladies, if you are looking for a relaxing massage, head somewhere else. But if what you want is another tool in your recovery game, Virginia is the one. It is going to hurt and she will make you cry for your Mommy, but those "painful" massaging hands will get your muscles, tendons, and ligaments back on track and ready to perform.
2016 is the first year that I regularly incorporated massage into my recovery regimen. I have been pleasantly surprised at its effects. So much so that I wish that I had the time and $$ for a lot more!
She is also IASTM certified.
I am very fortunate to have her for the 2017 racing season!