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Fire on the Rim 2014

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We recently spoke to the race director and some locals about the upcoming 2014 Fire on the Rim mountain bike race.  Sounds like it’s going to be good!  The trails are dry, but not too dry, the tacky sort, perfect for a race!  The race has some great sponsors this year, plenty of good food and beer for all!  Flagstaff Sports Massage will be down again this year to provide sport specific massage therapy.

Get a massage before the race to prepare the tissue, yes, it works like that.  Pre event massage (bodywork let’s call it) is designed to get you ready to rip.  A few light range of motion movements through the hips, knees, low back, neck, shoulders, and some muscle stimulating soft tissue manipulations, like the fast paced stuff, will get you ready to roll.  Missy and Geoffrey Bishop, owner/operator team of FSM, have been doing it for years.  Again, this is not your unexperienced sports massage team from the local school (which is good experience for upcoming therapists) no, this is the real deal.  When you come into the FSM tent, we will have a little appointment book, so you can plan things.  You might be able to get on the table right away, you might need to go drink HALF a beer first (if that’s your thing).  We will be set up Friday afternoon and into the evening.  We will be in the massage tent early on Saturday morning, get it warmed up!  Do a little spin, get a quick shake down on the table, and get to the start line. During the race you know you can push it just a bit harder!  Guess who’s at the finish?  We are!  Don’t be a pansy.  After the race, you’re all good, treat yourself to a recovery session.  Drink some recovery drink of your choice and eat some food, wipe off some sweat and dirt, shower perhaps, and get to your massage session.  At that point the session may look a little deeper, a little slower.  We’ll put you through some more range of motion, we’ll mix it up a bit after the repetitive motion that is cycling and flush the big mover muscles.  We still won’t work too deep, unless you’re into that sort of thing.  We will be working in 15 minute to hour sessions.  I’d suggest at least a half hour for maximum benefit, you won’t be sorry.  We will be accepting cash and credit cards.  (or trades for vintage JC Higgins lanterns and cook stoves, or a Perfection kerosene heater, the kind with the big glass section to provide heat and light)  🙂

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As a side note: Why we do it.  

Because we love it.  We bike.  We support the race community and the fundraising.  We take our kids out to the events so they experience the culture; they ride, they race, although they are young and still doing the kid races, they have a blast in the community!  We make a little money, we hope to pay our vendor fee.  We roll out one of our vintage camp trailer, and maybe an old VW split bus.  This year I think we will bake some cookies.  We like the music, the food and the great outdoors.  Over the years we have built many awesome relationships with you.  We always love coming out to the races, you understand.  See you in the tall pines!

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Hip Treatment Part 2

A demonstration for hip pain and massage therapy/movement treatments for runners or general public in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Geoffrey Bishop of Stay Tuned Therapeutics demonstrates.

For more information or book a session at Stay Tuned Therapeutics contact Geoffrey at 928-699-1999

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Flagstaff Sports Massage

Geoffrey Bishop of Flagstaff, AZ performing a few massage and movement techniques related to sports.  Geoffrey has been working in Flagstaff since 1999.  Working with athletes of all abilities, corporate America production and desk workers and anyone in between.  The focus of massage techniques at Stay Tuned Therapeutics is typically on injury prevention, and if it comes to it, rehabilitation of injury.  To book your appointment call 928-699-1999.

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Upper Ribs, Shoulder Pain and Breathing Pt1

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Free the Foot, Pt 2

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Boney Anatomy

Pt. 1 The technician grasps the ankle gently, inferior to the medial and lateral malleoli, tib/fib.  Applying a gentle squeeze will suffice in creating distraction of the tib/fib away from the talus.  Lifting the leg off the table, the clinician gently “whips” the foot to and fro, mobilizing the foot from the leg, via ankle movement.  As the foot is thrown away from and drawn near to the clinician, balance of supination/pronation in the calcaneus and talus may be achieved.

PT. 2. The Tarsal-metatarsal joint is the target of this hands on mobilization technique.  The technician drapes their up body hand around the arch of the foot, isolating down on the cuboid and cuneiforms.  The down body hand grasps each distal head of the metatarsals 1-5.  While holding steady the arch against the technician’s body with up body hand, the down body hand rocks, rotates and distracts each tarsal-metatarsal joint, restoring movement in this very important, first line of defense, spring mechanism.

Home retraining from Boddicker Performance.

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From Facebook.

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Thank you all who have joined the Stay Tuned Therapeutics ‘fan’ page. Feel free to use this page as one way to interact with Missy and Geoffrey. Questions, comments, interesting ideas, product or service suggestions, we are here for you. Take a peak at our videos, which we will be updating soon, articles, blogs, other blog, other blog.

I’d like to give you some background about Missy and Geoffrey. Geoffrey graduated massage school in 1997 at East West College of Healing Arts, in Portland ,OR. Missy graduated aesthetician school in 1997 at Rob Roy Academy, in Worcester, MA.

Missy and Geoffrey met at The Black Diamond Spa in Flagstaff, AZ in 2000. Geoffrey left the spa in 2002 to pursue a more liberating career being self employed, opening shop under the same name he created in massage school business class, Stay Tuned Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. With the intent of working with athletes, musicians, and all folks who need to…Stay Tuned. Geoffrey has enjoyed working with visiting international athletes from all endurance sports, and specializes in massage for special needs clients and specific pain management.

In 2005 Missy also quit the spa, for the same reasons, to custom tailor treatments, and explore self employment. Missy enrolled in massage school at Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College and graduated in 2006. Joining Stay Tuned, we changed the name to ‘Therapeutics’. They have had a successful business ever since. Their practice is in a wonderful old house, built in 1905 in Flagstaff, AZ. Custom treatment include massage therapy for specific conditions, general relaxation and stress management, Myoskeletal Alignment, sports massage, customized facials to fit your skin’s needs and nail care.

Geoffrey and Missy are both Certified Advanced Myoskeletal Therapists, state licensed, and Nationally Certified.

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with us, feel free to give us a call, comment on any of our pages, blogs, etc. Have a great day and ……Stay Tuned!

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Save Your Body In The Snow. Winter Aches & Pains contd.

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Having just received more than 2 feet of heavy snow, with more to come, there are good times on the way for residents of Northern Arizona.  But before the good times roll, there is a lot of hard work to be done.

At Stay Tuned Therapeutics, when it snows, we see an influx of patients with sciatic nerve irritation, leg pain, rotator cuff impingement, arm pain & low back pain.  Mindful shoveling techniques will keep you safe, saving your low back, legs, hips and shoulders for the fun to come.

The most operated on disc in the back in L5-S1.  This is the very lowest disc in the back, between Lumbar spine and the sacrum.  Repetitive motions can wear this disc out, cracking the annular fibers…a simple one time movement of forward bending and rotation, with a heavy load, may be what finally lands you in the emergency room.  Forward head postures and rotation of the shoulders inward will lead to pinching and possible damage in the shoulders.

Here are some tips for preventing injury.

  • Warm up, stretch some, and take breaks.  Dress accordingly, don’t get too hot!
  • WATER IN THY BODY.
  • If you must bend over to shovel, come to a standing position before twisting the trunk to unload the snow.
  • Bend at the knees, at least every other effort.
  • Take small scopes of snow, start with the top layer. (A 12 lb load can translate to 586 lb compression to L5-S1 disc w bad body mechanics)
  • Push snow down hill when you can.
  • Alternate sides.
  • Bring your head back and shoulders blades down before pitching the snow to save shoulders.
  • Keep the shovel close to your body.
  • Take a break.
  • Plan on taking a while.  Don’t rush!

Follow these steps, enjoy the day.  Save your body for the snowshoeing, CC skiing, and get to the mountain when you can!

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