I’ve been conducting in-depth research into the benefits of frequent massage for over 20 years. Quite seriously, I very much recommend massage for athletic recovery. It is the subject of a full chapter in my Athlete’s Guide to Recovery, and I’ve written about self-massage both there and in Runner’s World. Many of my students and friends are massage therapists and bodyworkers, and they love their jobs.
If you would like to love your own job as a massage therapist, please consider the Carolina Massage Institute! This is a brand-new massage school in Hillsborough, North Carolina—right in the middle of the state—housed in the building that also hosts Hillsborough Yoga Company and the soon-to-open Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat. I co-own all of these ventures with my wonderful business partner, Lies Sapp. In Carolina Massage Institute, we are joined by some wonderful colleagues.
Sara Owens, our program director, is a graduate of our yoga teacher training, a longtime teacher at our studios, and possessor of a wonderful résumé that includes work owning Market Street Coffee, a successful chain of local coffee shops, and, recently, work as the crime analyst for the Town of Carrboro. She’ll keep these up while administering CMI.
Ruth Newnam, our director of education, is another longtime Carrboro Yoga teacher and a skilled massage therapist who works on me, my husband, and many of the athletes in town, including my friends at UNC Men’s Basketball. She’s owner of Carrboro Massage Therapy, so in addition to her hands-on experience, she can speak to running a successful therapy practice. Ruth has been hard at work putting together a useful, practical, innovative curriculum. She’ll be joined by a skilled faculty that together has decades of experience. Our staff includes two other hypercapable Carrboro Yoga teachers: physical therapist Laura Terry and massage therapist Helen Tapper.
Wherever you are on your massage therapy journey, we offer support:
Learning is a lifelong process. Stay up to date on the latest therapies with our continuing education programs, which offer NCBTMB-approved continuing education units (CEUs). CEU workshops begin in October 2016.
As part of my teaching at the Another Mother Runner Retreat in Spokane, Washington, next weekend, I’ll be presenting a short (only 30 minutes!), doable (really, by anyone!) revitalizing yoga session. The retreatgoers will be recovering from that morning’s Happy Girls races—a 5K, 10K, and half marathon. Consequently, the session will be accessible to anyone. I’ll talk about how yoga can boost your recovery from training, racing, and life in general (say, a Saturday of raking leaves, or cleaning house, or washing cars), and I’ll lead everyone through some easy, enjoyable yoga moves to relieve tension, boost mood, and leave us feeling revitalized for the evening.
What: Revitalizing Yoga
When: Saturday, September 24, 5:00–5:30 p.m.
Where: Hotel RL, Spokane, Washington
This event is free and open to anyone! Read more here, and just walk in to enjoy.
The videos I’ve been posting one by one from my summer Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive are now available as a package. You can choose it in standalone format, or subscribe to YogaVibes and access not only this series, but also dozens more classes with me.
Teaching Yoga to Athletes Intensive 2016
Filmed live during Sage Rountree’s 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive, this series of five videos will help you effectively teach yoga to athletes. Flexibility, strength, mobility, stability, focus, body awareness and restoration…these are all important when it comes to helping athletes achieve peak performance. Led by Sage Rountree, a widely-celebrated yoga for athletes specialist, this 5-part series builds on her 10-part series from 2015. Learn a variety of yoga-inspired techniques, sequences and stretches to best support your athletes during all phases of their training.
USA Triathlon puts a lot of care and thought into its coaching education programs, and the flagship is the biannual Art and Science of Coaching Conference. The 2016 edition will be held at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center downtown in Atlanta, Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22.
Training can lead to sport-specific imbalances—and so can asana practice! In this short lesson, filmed during day 5 of Sage’s Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive, we explore a minor change to the typical plank-chaturanga-up dog vinyasa that both challenges and balances the body. (17 mins.)
The first of the month means a new video is live at Core Strength for Real People! This one features a familiar pose—the plank—in varying modifications and orientations to gravity.
Enjoy the preview above, and buy or rent the entire video at the Core Strength for Real People page. Better yet, subscribe, and for less than the price of one Pilates or yoga class, you’ll get access to the entire library, and a new video to challenge you each month. This is the tenth one to be posted, and there are lots more fun challenges in the queue! Get started now.
Day 4 of my 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive included a practice with some fun balance play. Balance is critical to athletic performance and athletic longevity—and so is a sense of humor. You’ll see what a good time we are having here!
Balance is crucial for injury prevention in athletes and everyone. In this practice, recorded on day 4 of Sage’s 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes Intensive, we explore balance with a sense of humor. Learn how changing a pose’s relationship to gravity can make it sweeter or spicier, allowing you to customize to suit your needs and tastes. (46 mins.)
Day 3 of my 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive focused on the psychology of the athlete and on athletic recovery. This was fitting, as that morning I’d yet again rolled my ankle running on the trails. This happens once or twice a year, and it leaves me laid up for several weeks, yet I continue to run trails because it gives me such joy. After a discussion of this and other examples of the psychological quirks of athletes, we moved into a mellow practice to help foster athletic recovery. (For a full take on this, please read The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery.) You’ll see my wrapped ankle propped on a chair in the video of the practice, which you can stream and follow along with at YogaVibes.
Recovery is the key to performance. In this practice, filmed on day 3 of Sage’s 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive, we enjoy two sequences to relax and restore tired backs and hips. Both appear in EVERYDAY YOGA: Six Moves of the Spine, Prone, One Leg, and Six Moves of the Spine, Supine, One Leg. Along the way, we see how these foster balance in the body, and especially the nervous system. (55 mins.)
Not every class needs to contain sun salutations! And for athletes, sun salutations can be frustrating and difficult. In this medium-spicy practice from day 2 of Sage’s 2016 Teaching Yoga to Athletes intensive, we find ways to work around the typical vinyasa template while building balance in the body. We start by turning inward (learn an easy way to introduce the idea of pratyahara, the fifth limb of yoga), then move through Sage’s Leg Swing Flow, Warrior I and Warrior II sequences, and a calming closing sequence on the mat. (59 mins.)