I have a fabulous massage therapist. I only found her about 6 months ago. My Chiropractor referred me to her. I have known my chiropractor for about 15years and he is very skilled and has never given me a bum steer. He used to be the chiro for the Australian Swim Team and he probably knows me better than most of the members of my family. Anyway, he was right on the money with Margaret. She is all kinds of qualified, with degrees and diplomas in all kinds of sport, massage and personal training and related subjects.
When I say to people that I've had a massage, I am sure they picture an aromatherapy experience and me coming out feeling blissfully relaxed and like I could just go straight to sleep (after I wash the oil slick off me). Actually Margaret is not one bit like that. She is much more like a really expert motor mechanic, working on an engine that she knows really well and wants to tune to within an inch of its life to get the best performance out of it.
She got to know my issues quite well initially, and now I walk in and she asks me what hurts and then she usually goes no where near the offending area at first, but works with the muscle group that are related to that spot. If my feet are giving me hell (see Troublesome feet below) she does my calves and ITB. If my neck is sore she massages my MTJ (jaw).
What I love about her is that she is so hard working. She is ambitious for her business and herself. She teaches, she does corporate work, she goes to markets, she networks, she volunteers at charity events and she is a single mature mum of 2 kids. Other professionals, like George, and physiotherapists, and personal trainers love to work with her and are always trying to get her involved in their business.
She is my secret weapon on my fight for fitness. It takes a village :-)