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Happy Hump Day! I am not sure if I made it public but I have won the NYC marathon lottery on my 1st try! I also had decided that I wanted to run the race for a purpose and had decided to run for the Mass/RI chapter of "Make a Wish Foundation". Needless to say I have been having some chronic knee pain that has started to bother me in the middle of the night making it hard for me turn in bed. Let's put it this way, I don't look like the "typical runner" (hence I found this picture appropriate for this post) I stand 5-8 158 lbs and finished my last marathon in 5:04.
The verdict is no MCL or ACL issues (awesome) yet my IT Band, and stir-up muscles aka Fibularis muscles are inflamed. Apparently I was informed that most women are heavy quad dominate and don't fire their hamstrings and glutes enough. I am working with a trainer at No Limits Conditioning to help stimulate those muscles fibers. I was also told that the pathway between my femur and and tibia/fibula was smaller than normal? Anyone have similar issues? If it was any other marathon I probably wouldn't risk it but C'mon its the NYC Marathon!!!
What do you do for self-care? I have been incorporating R.I.C.E which means Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate during inflamed periods and then practicing massage cupping and Manja Kizhi post inflammation to loosen up the quads and IT Bands.
I would to hear from all of you!
Happy New Year everyone! Finally back to work practicing my treatments here in Boston. Here is a recap on the Manja Kizhi . I worked on a client this past weekend who has suffered from chronic shoulder/neck pain. Manja Kizhi is an effective treatment for the management of severe pain and swelling due to diseases like gout, arthritis etc. There are many analgesic herbs that are typically known for their analgesic properties of giving relief from joint pains like those felt in arthritis, neck and back pain, or tendonitis. In fact, these therapeutic herbs are anti- inflammatory herbs and treat the pain conditions that result from inflammation of joints. Prior to this treatment an oil massage "Abhyanga" is done.
Today I was fortunate to receive an Ayurvedic Abhyanga as part of my training today. Abhyanga in Sanskrit literally means "oil massage". This is a form of Ayurvedic medicine that involves massage of the body with copious amounts of warm medicated oil specific to the individual. Many times an Abhyanga is performed by two massage therapists working in sync or can be done by one practitioner. Various types of oils can be used on the body depending on the individuals health.
An Abhyanga unlike western massage therapies are not very deep but characterized by their rhythmic fast strokes that aid in calming the mind.
After the treatment you bathe and are advised to relax for the remainder of the day, and that is exactly what I am doing!
I am in India to study Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapy. I will be attending Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust which is an institution engaged in preserving and propagating “Indian knowledge systems”, mainly focusing on Yoga and Ayurveda in the traditional lineage imparting education and practice. Ayurveda literally means "life knowledge" which is the only form of alternative medicine that focuses on preventive health lifestyles. An Ayurvedic lifestyle teaches you to be present within by connecting both mind and body to become more present in everyday life with others. I choose to learn this lifestyle to become more present within myself and to help serve others. I am excited to share this experience with you.
This all wouldn't be possible without the help of Amma! I am so very fortunate to have family here to guide me through this process.