Lately, I’ve been battling a shoulder “injury.” The problem is that it’s not truly injured. It is having problems because it’s insanely tight.
I went to my massage guy and told him I needed my lats and shoulders worked on. Let’s just say every moment hurt, and it’s still tight. My chiropractor is working on my shoulders, too. You know it’s bad when you roll out and can feel the knots rolled over, and they don’t leave.
This is the crappy part of CrossFit — the physical toll it takes on your body. And, as you age, this toll does not get better.
I love CrossFit, but wish it did not hurt so much. I truly have no idea what a normal massage feels like; mine always hurt like hell. I’m sore almost every day of my life. Or, something is tweaked. And, to top that all off, I don’t even like the way my body looks any more cause I think I’m too chunky.
All week I’ve been tight. My glutes. My shoulders. My neck. I schedule a massage which I usually do about once a month. And now I can move again.
The difference is so noticeable it’s difficult to describe. All of my muscles have released their tension. My range of motion has returned to normal. I can turn my head again. The knots in my shoulders are lessened. And my squat is back.
I’m no massage therapist, but I can attest to the power of increased blood flow to your muscles and how stretching them the right way releases an incredible amount of tension.
If you’re a CrossFitter and you’re not getting massages regularly, I would suggest you give it a try. I’m talking deep tissue massage here, not fluff. You will be amazed at how much better you feel, how your range of motion is increased, and how you’re back to your A game. It’s so much more effective I believe than rolling out (not that you shouldn’t do that) but if you want better results, book a massage today!