Soft Tissue and Recovery Bodywork Therapist
- Certified Massage therapist
- B.S. in Psychology
- M.A. in Clinical Psychology
- Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology
Why I choose Crossfit, and how does crossfit benefit from soft tissue and recovery bodywork
I have been training, competing, and coaching in sports for several years. I have had my share of diverse trainings since I have participated in sport as soccer, football, baseball, volleyball, wrestling, triathlons, cross training, and the latest dragon boat paddling. I learned that to exceed in a sport, one must train extensively. However, what I did not know is how to maintain my physical well being throughout the years, and to prepare for the outcomes of injuries. Throughout my time competing I learned from Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainings, how to tape my own ankles and rehab some of my own injuries just to avoid having to wait in the long line with other athletes. I soon became the “go to guy” when someone needed to be taped up, stretched, or just a talk prior to practice or game time. The tough part about this is that I really did have a “go to guy” for myself.
I educated myself on my injuries, strains, tightness by looking at anatomy books and exercise books, which I would combine with the visual and mental aspect…..body mechanics, mind, and body. This sparked me to look into Sport Psychology at the age of 16, which since, has been my long term goal to achieve. I soon became aware that having knowledge in Psychology and sports alone was not enough. I then looked into becoming certified as a Massage Therapist, concentrating in deep tissue, sports massage, stretching. If I knew what I know now, then I would have been able to avoid several injuries that I will have for the rest of my life.
Crossfit, to me, is like combining all the trainings I have gone through in the several sports I have competed in. It provides me that environment to enjoy what I have always done….. train, compete, and enjoy the social aspect of life. The bodywork I perform on crossfit individuals is specified to their needs and the workouts conducted in crossfit. Don’t think you are going to get a spa treatment, and an hour of soft kneading. It may be a bit painful, but not anymore painful than getting through a WOD…..think of it that way. Crossfit members may train up to 5 days per week….. that’s a great deal of strain and tension on your muscles, tendons, and joints!!!! When I started crossfit in 2011, I was amazed at how many people were walking around with limited mobility, loss in range of motion, and injuries….. some injuries over ONE year!!! What!!! That’s when I realized that I need to put my skills and knowledge to use, and partner with ganbatte that would realize the benefits and need for my services. So here I am!!! See you on the table!