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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Medical & Sports Massage Review

I am currently on the stair master at the gym which is when I seem to do a lot of my thinking. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that my kiddos are being watched and played with in the childcare? Yep that’s it!!! An hour and a half to focus on my health and well being does this mama some good! 

Speaking of taking some much needed time for mama, if you follow me on Instagram (@carefreeblonde2) you have probably seen the post I did a few days ago with a beautifully perfect round hickie on my shoulder! This past week I was fortunate enough to receive my very first Sports massage from Medical & Sports Massage in Sandy Springs GA. Y’all I cannot say enough good things about my experience and will do my best to answer any questions you might have about the experience. 

I have had my fair share of massages. Some good and some just awful. By awful I’m talking taking their socks off throwing them across the room, climbing over me on the table, yelling at someone on the other side of the door.... This post is not about that so I’ll just stop right there. Oh boy!.....

Anyways! Medical & Sports Massage was awarded best massage from Best of Atlanta 2018 in Jezebel Magazine. You can see more HERE. To receive a title like that you have to be pretty amazing, but the following is 100% my experience and opinion!

From the moment you walk into Medical & Sports Massage you are instantly greeted with a happy energetic staff and relaxing atmosphere. The background music is slightly more upbeat than your typical spa relaxation blend. You know what I’m talking about right? The type of music that makes you want to fall asleep on its own? I loved this switch up and found out later the reason they choose music that’s slightly more upbeat is because with the type of massage and active stretching that’s performed it helps give the client a little energy.

Now atmosphere is important. you want to feel a certain way when visiting a practice but let’s be honest the real meat and bread is the actual massage. The following are the questions I’ve been asked regarding the massage.

Q. How does it work?

A. When I entered the practice, I filled out a detailed form talking about my past massage experience, where I experienced pain or had any issues. For me, my top areas of "concern" were my left shoulder that regardless of warm ups and stretching still hurt when I lift, and my hip flexers which are just extremely tight. As soon as we got into the room, Denise went over my form and asked more in depth questions very much like how a doctor would go over your chart with you before doing any work or diagnosis. I truly felt that my needs were addressed and focused on. 

Q. Did the sports massage and stretching hurt?

A. I'm not going to lie, I was nervous about getting a "sports" massage. I thought it was going to be more painful than relaxing. Well I am MORE than happy top inform you that my experience was nothing like what I anticipated in that way. I mean if you have a knot that needs to be worked out, that will be a little uncomfortable but not extreme. In addition to Denise massaging and listening to what was going on with my body, she helped stretch out my tight areas.....which were a lot. I have a confession..I'm awful when it comes to taking time after my workouts for stretching. This is so so bad I know, but I like to get my workout done and get out. She was able to see where my right quad has been overcompensating for my left and helped with active release stretches. When it came to stretching, you could definitely tell Denise was amazing at listening to my body because as soon as it got tight she would stop pushing past that point and allow a good stretch without making me feel like I was being pushed past my comfort zone. As soon as the Session was over I got up feeling balanced and like stress I didn't even realize was there was lifted off of me. I was energized and ready to take on the day!

Q. Did the cupping hurt?

A. No. It felt like if you were to suck on a bottle and have your lips sucked in. As a kid I remember doing this or moving the suction from my lips to my cheek and seeing if I could keep the bottle stuck to my cheek. haha did anyone else do this when they were younger (or even now...not judging) No? k just me..... that's fine......I'm fine.....

I only had the cupping done on my left shoulder and back where I was experiencing the pain while lifting weights. I'm not a professional, but from what I understand, one of the benefits of cupping is to help lift the muscle away from your body to allow the blood to rush underneath and flush all the lactic acid build up and any other toxins away. Every body is different and reacts differently to cupping, but from my experience there was little to no discomfort and the healing process after was not bad at all. I didn't feel bruised or any type of discomfort.

Q. Did it work?

A. I waited about a week to post my review because I wanted to accurately express how I felt after and at the gym. So I had my session around 9am and went to the gym later that day around 3pm. I wanted to work shoulders that day to test my pain level and range of motion. I warmed up as usual and as I started lifting I anticipated the pain that normally followed and I didn't have it! It was kind of weird being used to having a certain pain and it not being there anymore. I did lift like I normally would but cut the workout short so I didn't overdo it right after getting my shoulder worked on. Later on in the week when I worked shoulders again, I did notice a very subtle pinch in my shoulder but nothing compared to what it had been in the past. Verdict, yes it does work but it's not a one time fix and then never have the issue again.

Q. How often do I need to go in?

A. Depending on your situation anywhere from 1-2 times a month

Q. What Should I wear?

A. As you would strip down to your panties and get under the sheets for any other massage, you do the same here. I thought maybe I should wear workout clothes for the stretching portion but everything that needs to be covered is. During the stretching portion, there was never a point where I felt over exposed or uncomfortable. Denise and her team are extremely professional and their care to detail in making sure you are never exposed even when being stretched reaffirmed that to me.

**Discount ALERT!!!!**

Q. How Much does it cost?

A. I am THRILLED to be able to offer my viewers a discount if your mention Carefree Blonde blog the next time you go in! By mentioning Carefree Blonde you will receive 10% off all services(including cryo therapy), 15% off all packages, and instead of the normal retail membership pricing of $79.99/month you will get it for $69.99/month. The prices are already great for the services offered, but with these discounts if you can go out to dinner this month, you can afford to come in and give yourself a little TLC.

Overall experience for me was a 10. I've already had conversations with friends of mine from the gym about going in to see them. If you are going through physical therapy, an athlete, sitting at a desk all day, pregnant, have back issues, sit through Atlanta traffic (eek!!), have anxiety or depression issues, regularly work out, then Medical and Sports Massage is a practice you need to visit.

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