Saturday, June 16, 2018

Shout out to the Weekly Back Cove Series 5k organized by Fleet Feet Maine! I've lived in Maine for 14 years, yet this is the first time I've signed up for this series, and let me tell you, it's a lot of fun! Beautiful location, lots of happy runners...kind of a perfect combo, what took me so long! :)

Sometimes people will think that longer distances are harder than shorter distances. However, 5ks can be pretty darn challenging and in a whole different way. They are fast and furious, usually an all out effort, while longer distances may offer more "room" to navigate and adjust pace.

I've always been a long distance gal, but all of the sudden I find myself wanting to perfect the 5k. I've always avoided this distance for races, opting for the longer ones because I was more used to them,  and now realize that I may have short-changed myself. As I am reading up, I see that I'm not the only one who may have become intrigued (or obsessed :)

I see much advice out there regarding techniques for training, drills, navigation, but I think what stuck with me the most was...if you want to improve your time, know that you have to set your pace from the beginning and maintain that for the entire race. That time in-between when you question why the heck are you doing this because it hurts and you feel like crap, that's supposed to happen if you are doing it right. It is at that moment when you can channel your inner animal and secure the mantra "I'm on target, ride it out". You'll reap the benefits at the end when you approach the finish line with that final push.

Another philosophy that resonated with me was, moving meditation isn't reserved solely for the long distance haul. Focusing on balance in body and mind during a 5k, rather than "where am I? How much time do I have left? Where's the finish line? Why did I eat that banana?", will support you during the short distances as well.

I can't wait until the next 5k so I can test these tidbits of advice. I'll report back.

Happy running everyone! Oh, and remember to get routine massage :)

-In Positivity

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Races

Ah, Fall in Maine....breathe it in! Such a beautiful time to be outside and active. Many are in the midst of enjoying the plethora of seasonal races here in Maine and beyond. Lots of Marathons, half marathons, trail runs. For me, this weather is truly energizing and I crave getting out there to play! While I'd recommend more frequent massage during this active time, also know that hitting the foam roller on a daily basis could be your best self-care tool in-between sessions. Simply 10-20 minutes targeting the "usual suspects" before activity will make a big difference in your workout. Let's discuss a good routine at your next session!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Love, People

Featured on Love, People

~Breath is Your Guide~

"As a massage therapist and lifelong athlete, Laura truly respects the importance of taking care of one's body.  Laura's beliefs and practices are deeply rooted in the value of breath in movement in order to nurture balance, fluidity, and calm in the body.  In 2011, Laura was blindsided by a diagnosis of Systemic Lupus, an autoimmune disease in which the body's defense attacks healthy tissues resulting in chronic inflammation.  Determined not to be defined by this condition, Laura continues to enjoy an active and healthful lifestyle of running, Yoga, and swimming fueled by plant-based nutrition.  Breath continues to be her guide as she carefully listens to and checks in with her body to maintain homeostasis and harmony.  She hopes to train for her seventh marathon at some point.  By sharing her story and experiences, Laura hopes to inspire and empower others who live with this condition to stay strong and healthy in the body.  Laura hopes to intiate a support group here in Maine, and to be an active voice in support of a cure for this misunderstood disease."

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New Portland Location

Now massaging in Portland's Art District.  Offering Deep Tissue/Orthopedic, Swedish, and Thai Yoga Massage.  Please contact me for more details.


It is up to you, and only you, to transform yourself.
Recognize what needs to be nurtured,
Look at it all,
Truly look,
In all its glorious imperfection,
Strive for gratitude.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Change is constant.

Welcome it.