"STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY"

"STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY"
Showing posts with label Sports Massage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports Massage. Show all posts

Monday, 7 November 2011

4 Nations Rugby League at Wembley Stadium

Lat week I got asked if I would like to attend the 4 Nations Tournament at Wembley Stadium to massage the match officials (referees) before and after the games. I used to work with with the Rugby League Referees in Leeds so it is always nice to meet all the people and referees on a weekend like this.

I have to admit that I was dreading having to find my way around the crazy underground and the streets of London on my own, but luckily I managed to get there without too much hassle and arrived safely at the hotel where we were staying. We got taken to the hotel on the Saturday morning and arrived in plenty of time so we got to have a look at the pitch and the stadium. I have never been to Wembley before so I thought it was great being able to see the stadium "live" for the first time.

Me and my colleague Ian 
Checking out the pitch on arrival..

The first game was New Zealand v Wales which I didn't get to take any pictures of as we were working, but I managed to get some pictures off the second game which was England v Australia. It was a great day with over 40 000 spectators!

The Australian team 
The English Team 
Although we were working before and after the matches, we still managed to have a look at the matches in between. Rugby amazes me the more I watch it, the speed and agility some of the players have got is incredible!

It has been a busy, but very good weekend. Great experience on a really nice venue.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Mr. Lenny Henry

Hi everyone

The last few have been quite busy, which is why I have not updated the blog recently. However I thought it was about time to give you a little update now. A couple of weeks ago I got a request from The Society of Sports Therapy to massage the comedian Lenny Henry as he is on a UK tour at the moment. To be honest I didn’t really know much about who Lenny Henry was, but after a bit of research I realized that he is a very famous comedian here in the UK (I blame that I am not from the UK that I hadn’t heard of him, but I am not sure if that’s a good excuse as both of my parents had heard of him and knew straight away who he was).
At first I got asked massage him at St Davis’ Hall in Cardiff on the 11th of April, but only a couple of days later I got asked to go to Bristol as well on Sunday the 3rd of April (two days ago) to massage him before his show there. So on Sunday just gone I drove to Bristol with destination Bristol Hippodrome. The Hippodrome is a big theater in the middle of Bristol City Centre so it was not easy to miss it. I arrived early (like usual!) and was ready to start work at 6pm.
Lenny was a very nice guy and after the massage I had to ask him for a cheeky photo to make sure I could put it up on the blog. And Mr. Henry wasn’t hard to ask, he was more than happy for me to take a photo of us together. I like to meet new people so I thank the Society of Sports Therapy for giving my this opportunity! I will be massaging him again next Monday when he comes to Cardiff.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Millenium Magic Weekend in Cardiff


This weekend I met up with my previous colleagues and all the rugby referees I used to work with prior to moving to Cardiff. On Friday I met up with a few of them for a nice Italian meal, a quiet start before the next two busy days of work ahead. On Saturday there were 4 matches in total, which meant that this was the busiest day. There were 3 of us working together which meant we were able to do one referee or touch judge each before and after every game. Since the matches started every 2 hours we ended up spending most of our time in the changing rooms working, but we still managed to watch a bit of the some of the matches in between. We also had a big tv in the changing rooms so we could watch a bit of the matches whilst working, even though this was with about 5 seconds delay from live play so we would always hear when a try was scored before we could see it on the tv :) The last match finished around 8.45 so by the time we were finished treating the last group of referees and were able to leave the stadium it was nearly 10 pm. We went for a quick noodle meal in Wagamama with some of the other referees before I headed back to get some sleep before the next day.
  
On Sunday there were only 3 matches which meant it was a bit easier then the day before. We finished around 6 pm and I was home on the sofa for around 7.30 which was lovely! It was a really good weekend of hard work, and it was great to meet everyone again. There were loads of laughter and banter as usual which is always a bonus when working at an event like this!

Here you can see the stadium from the outside, the capacity is about 70 000 so it is a big stadium! They put the roof on both days so although the stadium was far from full the atmosphere was pretty good!


 
 

Monday, 31 January 2011

Celtic Cup 2011

This weekend I was lucky to be selected to be a part of the Welsh team to provide sports massage to the Welsh athletes at the Celtic Cup at NIAC (National Indoor Athletic Centre). On Saturday I went to Park Inn Hotel in Cardiff where I met the athletes and staff for the first time. We had a nice meeting about the day ahead and went for some dinner afterwards. It was nice to meet everyone and I looked forward to getting started on Sunday.

On Sunday I went to NIAC for 10 am. I work alongside another masseur called Jonny Lodowski. The English team’s physiotherapist and the Scottish team’s soft tissue therapist were also based next to where we were so it was an interesting day where I got to speak to some knowledgeable people. Since I was part of the Welsh team this weekend that meant it was a lot quieter for us compared to the previous events I have done recently, but I still managed to help a few athletes. It was still a good experience where I got to meet a lot of nice people.

Of course I need to say that the Welsh team won the first overall title at senior level  which was great! Well done everyone! You can read more about the cup here:

And here is a nice picture of the team including staff


In summary I think I can say Good Job (with american accent) which was a phrase that was heard often during the day on Sunday:)

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Welsh Indoor Athletics Championship

This weekend has been a busy one. On Saturday I performed sports massage at the Welsh Open Senior Indoor Championship and today I was at the Welsh Open U-20 and Closed U-17, U-15 and U-13 Championship. As I was the therapist providing pre and post event massage it certainly kept me busy enough, I massaged 25 ahtletes in total in two days which I think is pretty good going. I did enjoy it as I met a lot of lovely athletes. The guy in the picture underneath is from Edinburg and I think he felt like I was a bit horrible to his legs yesterday,but he came back again today for another massage after he won the gold medal so he was really pleased. Well done!

I look like a kid in comparison:)

 Over the last few weeks I have started working with some of the UWIC athletes during the week and today a lot of them were competing in various events. Some really good results, so it looks like the training they are putting in are starting to pay off, well done everyone! As this is now the third event I have done since I moved here I have been lucky to get picked for the Celtic Cup next Sunday which is an international event where UWIC, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland will be competing. I will be one of the masseurs for the Welsh team, so that should be a really good experience. Looking forward to it!
  
Possibly putting on a brace face for the camera? :)

What happened to the smile here? :)
I think I will put my feet up now, have a cup of tea and watch some tv. Lovely!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Do YOU need a sports massage to help you recover?

Does your quadriceps feel like a pair of rocks at the moment?

Have you trained hard recently and feel that your calves constantly feels tight?

Or do you just want to make sure your muscles gets looked after on a regular basis to make sure you keep on top of any stupid knots and pains?

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above and live in the Cardiff area, get in touch!


I am a mobile sports therapist that can come to your house, office or wherever it would be most convenient for you!

I have worked with a variety of athletes and sports people such as the Rugby Super League Referees, TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) athlete tennis players, rugby players, badminton players, footballer players, netballers and professional runners.

Interested? Contact me to get information about prices and arrange an appointment

Email: mtorland@googlemail.com or phone: 07942461440

Remember you don’t have to play sport to get a sports massage, anyone can benefit from a sports massage!

Looking forward to see you soon!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Evidence for sports massage??

Is there any evidence to support the use of sports massage is a question I often get asked. The answer to that is simply unfortunately not a lot. So why do so many people still do it?

· Increased lymph flow
· Helps in the removal of waste
· Promotes healing
· Promotes muscle relaxation

They also believe that massage:


According to Mills and Parker Bennett (2004) these are the physiological benefits of massage:

· Increased blood circulation


· Relieves muscle tension
· Mobilises muscle fibres
· Stretches soft tissue
· Improves flexibility

However there are hardly any evidence to suggest why and how sports massage is useful but I have found in my experience that it helps. I learnt during my degree that a good sports therapist should provide treatment from a background of evidence-based practise; however I have learnt that sometimes you need to change this to practise-based evidence. I have seen that sports massage helps people improve their range of movement; I have seen that people feel better after a massage (even though it can be brutal getting a sports massage!). This is why I keep doing it and believe it does make a difference to people. Perhaps in the future sports massage will gain scientific backing, or perhaps it is purely a placebo??


Thanks


Monica