It feels like yesterday that I went along to Function360 in Moorgate for a much needed Sports Massage but apparently records show that it was all the way back in August. Since then, I had a much needed vacation before I got stuck into my Masters degree at the start of October on top of my regular teaching and now minimal training for my own personal enjoyment. Having those couple of weeks off for a holiday though meant that when I came back to teaching, I actually felt sore the first few times!
So when Sonia joined the Function360 team at the start of the month, specialising in myofascial release therapy, it sounded right up my street.
And forgive me for thinking that I was gonna go into the clinic and spend 60 minutes rolling around on a foam roller with one person having to endure the faces and noises I would definitely be making. But to my surprise, Sonia was quick to inform me that this actually was a much gentler treatment than even a sports massage which works on relaxing the tissues that surround your muscles. Well, chuck me a pillow and expect me to snore…
After a quick chat with Sonia about what kinda things I do (apparently cycling, running and lifting; note to self: must do more) I stripped down to shorts (gold ones, yes) and my sports bra for a postural assessment. Sonia asked if there were any particular areas I felt needed some work so I suggested my neck / shoulders (that’s where I hold all my stress and tension) along with my calves (which are always tight) and maybe my hamstrings. Sonia’s visual assessment showed that yes, my shoulders could do with some work, along with my lower back (thank you lordosis) and then legs.
The treatment itself involves the muscles being stretched and then held in the lengthened position until they relax again. And as with foam rolling there are points where pressure is applied to particularly tight spots – Sonia managed to find one nestled somewhere around my collarbone and oh boy, firstly, I didn’t even know there was a muscle there but and secondly, it was so tight it was the most discomfort I’ve felt in all my treatments which is saying a lot! …but it was that good kinda pain, where you finish feeling so much better for having seen it though!
Also, I dunno about anyone else, but my favourite part of yoga and of my eyebrow appointments at Blink Brow Bar are at the end when they give you the mini head massage and then gently pull your head away from your shoulders… it’s pure bliss. And the last part of my treatment with Sonia on my neck and shoulders was like an extended version of that!
By the time the sixty minutes were up I felt like my arms and legs were all an inch longer… they probably were.