Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Gift Certificates Available!

~Give the gift of health for the holidays~

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Good Luck to all Maine Marathon and Half Marathon Athletes!

A mantra for you....

"You have already fought the battle, now it's time to claim your Victory" -Samurai warrior

You have already put in the training, the dedication, the sacrifices, now go and enjoy all of your hard work!

Visualize the finish...how it will feel, how it will look, how big your smile will be, how powerful you'll feel!

Bring it!




Saturday, August 14, 2010

3rd Annual Maine Tri for a Cure

Good luck to all athletes!!

You Go Girls!

I'll be racing with you on Sunday! Also come visit me at the Expo for post-race massage coupons...1/2 price massages special for Tri Girls!




Sunday, April 25, 2010

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

HAPPY SPRING TO ALL!

Thinking about a gift for Mother's Day?

Give the gift of health, wellness and relaxation with a gift certificate for massage.

* Swedish * Sports * Thai Yoga * Deep Tissue * Pre-Natal * New Ayurvedic Thai Yoga Massage *

With appointments available Monday - Friday...PLUS, special Mother's Day weekend appointments available Saturday and Sunday.

Please feel free to call or email for more information.

207.233.6715

lauravecchiomassage@gmail.com

~In Gratitude and Positivity~

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Stretching

How important is stretching for our bodies?

Very.

While currently, there are many different philosophies and opinions on the topic of stretching, the key is, try not to let all of this information overwhelm you and stick to the basics....listening to your body. There is a lot of great information out there, but if it doesn't feel right for you, then perhaps that's your body trying to tell you something.

Ultimately, in order to keep our bodies healthy, we need to stay open and spacious. Set your intention to create openness in your own body, then you'll begin to feel where your body wants to go.

Just to name a few benefits of stretching...
  • Musculoskeletal health and alignment. Tight muscles can cause structural imbalances. Imbalances may lead to compensation patterns. This is where injuries may pop up. Stretching helps muscles to lengthen, release and reset thus facilitating structural alignment.
  • Joint health depends on strong, flexible muscles...muscles that hold us together, support us, yet allow for freedom of movement. Tight muscles may lead to joints being compressed.
  • Emotional health can be greatly improved with ease of movement. Movement increases overall blood flow which means lots of oxygen. Oxygen supports life. Plus, we all feel better when our bodies move more fluidly during exercise and with day-to-day activities. When experiencing tightness in our bodies, it creates a blockage of sorts...energy and the natural "flow" of our body may be impeded.
  • Respiratory health benefits from an open, flexible structure. If our muscles are tight, then breathing can be restricted. Even a tight low back can restrict breathing...tight shoulders, and of course, a tight chest are culprits as well. Remember, breathing is three dimensional....filling the belly, expanding the diaphragm, filling the upper chest raising the clavicles and shoulders.
Here are a few key elements of how to approach stretching - simply and mindfully:

Listening to your body is number one. Checking in with yourself...taking time to hear what it's telling you. What feels tight? Am I sore? Do I feel pain? Is my range of motion compromised? Are there any past injuries that are creating strain? Listen. Your body can tell you a lot....what to stay away from, how long to hold a stretch, and when you can breathe deeper into a stretch.

Stretch safely - always work with your breath. Never push yourself thinking that it's good to go that extra bit. This is what injuries are made of. Always breathe into your stretch, only going as deep as feels comfortable while maintaining proper posture. Once you take yourself out of alignment structurally in order to stretch further, you could be compromising safety.

Take your time. Never rush your stretching session, nor the actual stretch. If you don't have time, then only do one or two stretches that will be most beneficial for you at that moment. Holding a comfortable stretch while breathing at least 5-10 belly breaths yields an effective stretch and feels very satisfying. Keep your breath steady and controlled...in through the nose, out through the nose.

Allow your body to warm up before stretching. Perhaps this means a few minutes of walking - then stretching - then fitness. Perhaps this means, foam rolling before stretching....which, by the way, is the most beneficial time to foam roll. Using the foam roller in this capacity allows the tissue to warm and lengthen, thus promoting a safe, effective follow-up stretch. Never just head into a stretch routine, say, just after sitting at a desk all day or just after waking in the morning. Think warm.

Simplify. Stretching doesn't have to mean adhering to a strict regiment.....a lengthy session of multiple stretches, every day, before and after fitness. Stretching can be your friend. Stick to a few stretches, and visit them as the body dictates. For example, as a runner, I know that my glutes, hamstrings, and hip flexors are usually my problem areas...so most times, that's where I'll focus. However, if I discover on a run that my breathing didn't feel fluid, then maybe I'd focus my next few stretches on opening my chest, shoulders, back and sides.

Consistency is most beneficial. Whether you are very active or not, being consistent with your stretching self-care will enable your body to maintain flexibility and good muscle behavior.

Not sure how to do that stretch...find out the correct way...don't be afraid to ask. This is extremely important....especially for those trying out new stretches or may be new to Yoga. More often than not, when not properly informed, you can really injure yourself by not doing a stretch correctly. Remember, it's your body...every body is different...what may work for one may not for another...and that's ok.

Movement is health, and stretching facilitates movement. Of course, when stretching ceases to release those tight and sore muscles, go ahead and implement massage into your routine. Massage has all the same benefits of stretching and then some!

For those of you who aren't stretchers, and I know you're out there, perhaps Thai Yoga Massage is for you. This would be a great way to get your body introduced to opening and expanding in a passive manner, thus building your flexibility and making room for more comfort with your own stretching self-care.

Stretch safe and Stretch happy!

~Namaste














Sunday, March 14, 2010

Free Thai Yoga Massage and Introductory Yoga classes

During the week of March 22-27, both myself and the WholeHeart Yoga Center will be offering free Thai Yoga Massage samples and Introductory Yoga classes, respectively.

I practice massage at the WholeHeart Yoga Center on Tuesdays, and have been a student at WholeHeart since 2005.

Many people don't know what Thai Yoga Massage is...or, have heard of it, but never experienced it. I practice the Lotus Palm Method of Thai Yoga Massage....also incorporating other techniques that I may use in sports or deep tissue sessions. Please read my blog from Dec 2009 describing the Lotus Palm Method.

If you have any questions and/or would like to book a free introductory session, please call or email me directly at 233-6715 - lauravecchiomassage@gmail.com

Please visit WholeHeart's link to the right of the page for more information on the Introductory Yoga classes.

Look forward to hearing from you!

~Namaste

Beach to Beacon 2010

"The only thing that is getting me through this race is the simple fact that I'm not going to do it again next year!"

That was me....last year....at the 2009 Beach to Beacon, my 5th B2B.

Why did I feel that way?

Well, it could have been that it took me 1 1/2 hours to register because the website was being bombarded.....it could have been the sitting in my car in bumper to bumper traffic trying to get to the start.....it could have been the sheer number of runners that packed the course from start to finish...it might have been the heat. Actually, for me, it was the heat...to be honest :) I'm a cold weather girl. But, the other things are definitely worthy mentions.

Yet, I do love this race. My family loves this race. It's a family tradition to run the B2B. The energy is happy, positive, and holds a true sense of community...everyone knows everyone....it's like a big group hug! The course is beautiful and a great challenge. The race supports local charities. And, it's Joanie's race....and, we love Joanie!

This year, understanding the difficulties with registration, and knowing how many runners want to do this race, B2B has decided to offer a registration process that would be more fair this time around. Cape E residents had a pre-sale day all to themselves....the general public had their chance the following day....and for those who wouldn't get in, a lottery has been offered.

However, the B2B website on Saturday, 3/13 at 8 am was overwhelmed yet again...making registration virtually impossible. Of course, the irony of the situation...I, after declaring my final run being last year's, decided to try to register so that I could run with my family....and, of all my family, I was the only one who got in.

I'm writing this in dedication to all of those who had difficulties registering and didn't get in. I'm sending positive vibes to you and your lottery hopes. In my opinion, either the race needs a "stronger" website for registration day OR I'd like to see a total race lottery in the future....like they do with the NYC Marathon for example.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Good Luck Runners!

It's February in Maine....19 degrees, feels like 4.....great time for a road race! Another beautiful, sunny day!

Cape Elizabeth's 10 Mile Classic has grown in popularity each year....this year, close to 1000 runners registered! Great course, challenging distance....all in all, a positive event that keeps runners motivated during the winter.

Runners.....take advantage of the post-event massage offered at the race. Massage facilitates muscle repair, flushes toxins, loosens tight muscles, eases joint movement for greater range of motion....thus speeding post-race recovery.

Hold on to your race numbers! Please call or email me to book a follow up massage session, bring your race number, and receive a $10 discount towards your session.

Keep your training healthy, get routine massage and run happy!

See you at the Race!