Many clients and colleagues have asked what I worked on and what type of massage I did at the 2012 Golf US Open, in a nut shell, Integrative Massage Therapy! It was an opportunity to use all my skills of sports massage, deep tissue, NMT, PNF stretches, Active Release, Myofascial release and specific muscle work, all the while providing a deeply relaxing session.
Some of the golfers and caddies requested specific muscle work to the hip flexors and pelvis, the shoulder girdle, the upper arm, the back and the legs. Others requested a general session of relaxation.
Just like any client I might see in my private practice in Santa Rosa,CA, the professionals in golf present with their own unique set of body compensations. Tight, overworked muscles and the need for integrative massage therapy really is universal. In the professional golf environment however there is an added goal of facilitating a focused state of relaxation so the golfers are able to get out there, perform competitively and meet the demands of the most difficult golf course and competition in the United States.
I experienced first hand, the physical demand of the course, just walking it. I consider myself to be fit and strong, yet walking the steep up and down off canter course I became acutely aware of needing to slow my pace and access the deep stabilizing muscles and supportive tissues of the feet, legs, hips and pelvis as I walked in a leisurely fashion. Impressive for sure, I further contemplated what it takes for the caddie to haul a heavy golf bag up over and around the course and the physical and mental “Mojo” a competitive golfer accesses and maintains while “bringing it”, to the game .
As a sports fan, enthusiastic observer of “the body in motion” and sports massage therapist, I continue to be wowed and inspired and I keep learning of the capacity of the human body mind and spirit.
In health and motion,
Deanna Straub CMT