Rachel Richards

licensed massage therapist

east village, nyc

News: September 2016

Massage + Olympians = Gold

Massage therapy helps athletes maintain peak performance, recover more quickly from injuries, and enjoy longevity in their favorite sport. Olympians understand the value of massage therapy and receive massage regularly in order to stay on top of their game. Here's what some Olympic champions had to say about massage:

"With our national team, [massage therapy] made a huge difference ... Massage therapy enables you to bounce back so much more quickly after a game and be able to compete at the highest level ... Both nutrition and massage therapy are critical pieces of the puzzle ... Take advantage of massage therapy regularly and make it part of your routine. The physical and mental benefits of massage are numerous and it's something that is not just a luxury, but should be an important part of our lives."
- Abby Wambach, two-time U.S. Olympic soccer gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion.

"By getting regular massages, I have been able to push my body harder during training and competitions because it helps me recover quicker. Massage helps keep my muscles loose and flexible, allowing for maximum performance."
- David Randall, member of the Paracycling World Championship team. He is collaborating with other para-athletes to accumulate data on the impact of massage therapy on professional para-athletic performance and conditioning.

"As an athlete, especially as a gymnast, something is always hurting. I saw a massage therapist once a week to help my body feel better."
- Kerri Strung, American gymnast gold medalist known for successfully performing the vault despite two torn ligaments in her leg.

"Our legs would be like knots. So, to get them ready for the next hard workout was big ... I probably got massages at least three times a week."
- Bonnie Blair, American speedskater and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history.

Whatever it is you love doing, massage therapy can help you be your best, and feel great. Let massage be your champion. You don't have to be an Olympian to go for the gold!

Source: Massage Therapy Journal, Fall 2016

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