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I love massages. Really, what girl doesn’t? But as a runner I look for a specific experience from my massages and also prefer to go to a place where they have experience dealing with runners and athletes in general. Additionally, having knowledge of injuries is crucial (or a massage could just make the injury worse), but that is not something you get at most places for massage. So without further ado, I now I happily get to tell you Body Mechanics is a NYC-based orthopedic massage studio that specializes in all those things: athletes/runners, knowledge of injuries, and they also provide an in-depth assessment of your body and its needs!
About Body Mechanics: This studio specializes in orthopedic, sports, TMJ , and prenatal massage, active release, PNF stretching, trigger point therapy, and supportive taping for massage. So there are a variety of treatments and strategies to help you manage stress, pain, and injury from more medial massages to their runner’s massage, which is what I will talk about in this post. What I love about Body Mechanics is that they use an evidenced-based approach to manual therapy. The owner and person who gave me my massage, Beret, was trained in Canada and has knowledge and experience in SO many different approaches, as well as special tests and an extensive knowledge of the human body. In this way, she can customize your treatment to fit your body’s needs.
Since I’m an occupational therapist, I know about the human body too and let me tell you Beret knows her stuff! To me, it seems that the training she received is similar to a cross of a physical therapist and a massage therapist, which is amazing. I was so impressed by her skills and knowledge, as well as her passion for her craft. She even did a subscapularis release.. I’ve only done that with patients of my own before but LOVED that she did it.. those muscles were super tight! The professionalism of Beret as well as the background she has are a huge part of why I will definitely be going back for more massages from her!
The studio itself is cozy and welcoming, you walk in and immediately feel calmed. There are three separate and private massages rooms, each with cute decorations and warm curtains/wallpaper to set a nice, relaxing mood. They also have a seating area out in the main area as well as a charging station which is a nice touch!
Before the massage, I filled out a form with some medical background and an opportunity to write down pain, problem areas, and concerns. I then sat down with Beret and talked about my goals for the massage, past/current running injuries, running goals (NYC Marathon!), and any other issues. I have ongoing back issues, so we did a mix of a runner’s massage and one to focus on releasing upper body/back muscles to help decrease my back stiffness. We even did a special test before the massage and she helped me determine the cause of a sporadic tingling I was getting. I loved how thorough she was with my medical background and customizing the session.
After the discussion, Beret and I got to work. During the massage there was some relaxing music, but there was also communication between me and Beret throughout which I loved. We began with a lower body massage focusing on the runner’s muscles, especially the glutes, hamstrings, and calves. She also worked on my hips and worked on lengthening/stretching my tight calves in addition to the massage, where I was an active participant in this aspect of the session.
Eventually we worked up to the upper body/back/neck where my problems lie. She worked through everything, including a few different techniques including providing resistance to fatigue muscles, deep pressure to release tight muscles, and active release. This was the single best massage I’ve had because it was clearly evidenced-based and used effective techniques. After the massage my muscles felt incredible, loose, and I had a better body awareness regarding when and where I hold tension (since Beret and I discussed this also during the massage, in addition to strategies to help manage/decrease this).
Beret also showed me two great stretches to help maintain the benefits of the massage and manual work, and both are fantastic! I love that this massage was effective, science-based, and used a variety of different techniques to help yield the best result. I was amazed and am so lucky to have found such a great massage studio.
***If you live in or are visiting NYC, PLEASE schedule an appointment at Body Mechanics. You won’t regret it! Also, if you are running the NYC Marathon you can get 50% off any hour long or more session between October 25-November 17th. This is a great deal you can’t miss!!***
I love Body Mechanics and I know you will too Thanks Beret for a great session!
Body Mechanics NYC
315 Madison Avenue
NY, NY 10017
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary massage session but was not asked for a review. I am reviewing because I love Body Mechanics and want to spread the love!
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