FitFest Hitchin!

HItchin Massage Therapy was at the annual 'FitFest' Hitchin over the weekend, alongside Harmony, we were offering Taster Treatments of Massage and Kinesiology. It was a great day, the weather was beautiful and the people of Hitchin were out in force to get their fitness fix! Demonstrations of Yoga, Zumba, Taekwondo, Kettle-Bell challenge and more took place in Bancroft Gardens as well as the Market Square.

We met so many lovely people looking for a relaxing massage or seeking advice for ongoing niggles. We treated a number of the Taekwondo Team before their demonstration addressing tight hip flexors / rotators for the deadly high kicks! Thank you for all the people who came to talk to us, its so good to meet new faces. A great event all round. 

Kinesiology Taping

I attended a training course at The British School of Osteopathy in Kinesiology Taping and earned myself 8 CPD points. It was a great day, I learnt a lot and came home mostly covered in tape!

Kinesiology Taping offers benefits through increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage which reduces swelling and speeds up the healing of an injury. It also assists in relaxing tight muscles and facilitating inhibited muscles which can assist in repositioning joints or reducing muscular imbalances. KT also helps to reduce pain and can be used as an aid to injuries such as Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Ankle Inversion, Shin Splints, Patella Tendonitis, ITB / Runners Knee, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Shoulder Rotator Cuff / Impingement, Lower back pain, Neck pain.

Enduro World Series

Hitchin Massage Therapy is going global! We headed to Samoens over the weekend for the action-packed Enduro World Series. We were on hand to supply event massage for the riders over the 2-days of racing in the stunning French Alps. 

The weather was glorious and the riding was out of this world. We were rubbing shoulders with the Pro's in the massage tent as well as following the stages over the 2 days.

The Enduro World Series offered great hands-on experience at a Pro event, the best part was talking to the riders and getting their different experiences. The most common complaint from the riders was 'Arm Pump' caused by over-gripping the handlebars, heavy breaking and taking the shock/suspension through the hands and forearms. Soft tissue work releases the tension though the forearms / wrist to reduce chronic pain, self massage can be used in between races or rides to reduce the build up and relax the muscles yourself, working on strengthening your core will put less stress on the forearms during a ride. 

Can't wait to do more of this, there is nothing quite like the buzz at an event and being the first point of call for the riders. The next Europe leg of the Series is in Spain and then finishes in Italy- follow the action!