Home / Blog / Massage in Mammoth

Massage in Mammoth

0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Reddit 0 StumbleUpon 0 Pin It Share 0 LinkedIn 0 Filament.io 0 Flares ×

As most are aware, Mammoth living is not for the faint of heart. Locals, and visitors alike, are all about getting after some action, whether it be on our skiis or snowboards in the fresh powder (of which there is plenty of at the moment) at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, climbing around Bishop on warmer winter days, or in the backcountry on our cross-country skis, dogs by our sides. Some of us even like to top it off with a little cross training at our favorite local gym.


That being said, the importance of taking care of ourselves so that we can continue to do the things we love is critical. I recently experienced one of the best sports massages at Simply Massage, courtesy of owner/massage therapist Melanie Reedy. In the midst of all the activity I have been doing lately, being skiing, snowboarding and teaching yoga and sculpting classes at Snowcreek Athletic Club in Mammoth, I realized it had been well over 4 months since I sought after some much needed body work. It was to the point where even sitting in a chair was painful.


If you’re visiting the area and planning on a lot of activity, I highly recommend checking out one of Simply Massage’s two locations. One is right smack in the center of the village, near Starbucks and Ben & Jerry’s, and the other is at the Sierra Center Mall in the same hallway as Shogun restaurant. The prices are fair and affordable for both Mammoth locals and out of town visitors.


If you can’t make it in for a massage, or you’re on a tighter budget, try rolling your muscles out on a foam roller either before or after your workout, just to get a little myofascial release, which is the exact same benefit you would receive from a good Sport or Swedish massage. Pick your tightest muscle, or muscle group, find it with the foam roller, and just stay on that area until you feel it releasing, then move on.


For example, for your IT band (tight in a lot of winter sport athletes and runners), you would start on your side right at the top of your hip, hang out (and breathe) on the tightest part of the muscle, then move down an inch and hold it there, and so on. It may be a tough start, but you won’t be sorry.


Whatever your favorite activities may be, make sure you are honoring what your body needs in order for you to be a better athlete…a little R & R.


By Sarah

Leave a Reply