Massage Magazine- Working With High-Profile Massage Clients Pre-COVID-19 & During The Pandemic

My latest piece for Massage Magazine, “Working With High-Profile Massage Clients Pre-COVID-19 & During The Pandemic” is live here. 📖

During this unprecedented time I’ve found a deeper love for self-care, conversations and yoga sessions over FaceTime and Zoom, binge watching Netflix shows, pool workouts, and lots of hiking and exploring the beautiful mountains nearby. We have to continue to keep our mental and physical health strong.

What have you been doing to improve your health and wellness during this time? 💪🏽💜

✔️ Check out the article and drop a comment. ❤️🙏🏽

 

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Aaron Donald Gets a Massage & Self-Care Tips For NFL Athletes

I played water polo for 11 years, and 5 of those years were at the Divison 1 level with San Jose State University. I wrecked havoc on my body and watched all of my athlete friends do the same. It’s amazing that I fell into massage therapy, treating fellow athletes was always a dream and it’s been such a fun journey. Since 2005 I have massaged NFL athletes. I usually see my clients consistently twice a week. With my experience, I believe that an athletes career will last longer if self-care is a top priority. That goes for both the athlete and massage therapist!

Aaron Donald Gets a Massage By Michelle RozzenFor the past five years I’ve been working with Aaron Donald, defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams. His body performs the way it does because self-care is key to his success. Nutrition is another key to high performance and recovery, but we will chat about that another time.

I haven’t met one NFL athlete yet without some type of ache or pain in their body. Some self-care tips for NFL athletes (and any other type of athlete) can benefit from regular weekly massages, cupping, graston, yoga, foam rolling, compression pants, epsom salt baths, and rest is certainly all essential for every athlete.

I often speak to my clients about recovery and self-care.  My favorites include massage, yoga, Michelle Rozzen Epsom salt baths and essential oil products, ice, heat, Rapid Reboot , Hyperice products, and simply taking a rest day .

My friend Kris Chrisp (@krischrisp) recently wrote a post on the Art of Recovery.
He says, “Most athletes seek to optimize performance, sufficient RECOVERY is sometimes overlooked. Recovery is marked by the athlete’s return to resting function and physical performance. Therefore, an imbalance between exercise and recovery can result in a fatigue state and a reduction in physical performance marked by either a decrease in force production. Recovering EFFECTIVELY is one of the most critical determinants of an athlete’s success. How do you recover?”

Aaron Donald Gets A Massage After A Workout

NFL season is just around the corner and I’ve been working with Aaron, preparing him for what’s to come. Check out a sneak peak of our recent session and leave a comment below the video.

Thank you Aaron for trusting me to be your massage therapist. It’s always an honor to work with you!

Please leave a comment below explaining your self-care routine. xxx

BlackRoll Foam Rollers

When I get out of bed in the morning I often trip over my BLACKROLL® foam rollers on my floor. They are a reminder to foam roll first thing in the morning and the last thing before going to sleep.

Do you foam roll? If not, you must start adding this to your daily routine! I highly recommend foam roller exercises for alleviating body aches and pains. I’m a massage therapist, so I have to care for my body more than most, and foam rolling is second nature to me. Plus, I have been an athlete my entire life, so massage and foam rolling have always been something I’ve always done to feel better. I’ve been rolling since college in 2000, so I’ve had plenty of experience testing out different products.