Every spring, the registered massage therapists at Life Therapies see an increase in requests for massage therapy appointments. While you might think this is related to the spring sporting season (and yes, marathoners, soccer players and golfers do play a role in the increased bookings), the reality is our local gardeners need some tender loving care!
Massage Therapy for Gardeners
After months of wielding shovels, those who love to tend to a vegetable garden, flower beds or outdoor yard work are often plagued by repetitive strains, muscle spasms and painful posture. Gardening, be it wedding, planting and cutting, typically requires a hunched over position – and the lower back and hips bear the brunt of the odd position. Factor in the strain on fingers, wrists and elbows and it’s clear gardeners put a lot of strain on the body in the quest for a perfect outdoor oasis.
Soothe Your Aching Muscles
- Before you venture out for your next session in the garden, take the time to warn up your body. Gardening is hard work and just like an athlete warms up before the main event and cools down afterwards, so should you. Ask your massage therapist for some suggestions on what stretches might work best for you.
- If you have the luxury of owning a hot tub or spa, soaking away the aches and pains is a great way to kick back and relax. No hot tub? A hot bath can also help soften your muscles and get you back into the garden sooner than later.
- If no amount of stretches or hot baths will soothe your aches and pains, treat yourself to a massage. Sarah Richardson, Hilary Shutleworth, Andrew Chapman and Dawn Ham – RMTs at Life Therapies – will have you tiptoeing back through the flowers in no time
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