Saturday, January 15, 2011

Back home in Connecticut

I am back home in Connecticut for some much needed rest after playing/skiing hard the past few weeks.  About a week ago I tweaked my back walking out the door on the way to the slopes.  Over doing it in the fresh powder and moguls the past week aggravated the ache into a sharp pain with any jarring motion.  I tried my usual methods to get rid of random aches and pains which include, vitamin I (aka Ibuprofen), cross-training, stretching and yoga, to no avail. 

My body finally told me enough, go home to CT and rest.  So I did.  My friend Maryellen, who recently graduated from massage therapy school, met me at my home on Thursday evening.  She gave my aching body a much needed massage.

Massage has many benefits for an athlete.  It relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles, reduces spasms and cramping, increases joint flexibility, reduces recovery time , improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort associated with low back pain (massagetherapy.com), all benefits that my body needed.  The massage helped, but there is still some soreness. 
The past 2 days I have been taking it easy, hoping to get my back to relax.

My dilemma for tomorrow is whether to relax another day, or to ignore the random pain and take my new cross-country skis out for glide on the beautiful snow.  The Farmington Valley received 22 inches of snow earlier this week and of course the snow is tempting me.  Stay tuned, I will let you know tomorrow how I answer the dilemma.

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