More than just an amazing sports massage: Body Mechanics NYC

Reminder: If you haven’t already, enter the giveaway for a pair of NYC Marathon Asics Gel Kayano 21s!

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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!

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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!

Beret

Beret

The Studio:

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!

Charging station!

Charging station!

The Experience:

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.

The entrance.

The entrance.

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.

The Studio

The 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
212-600-4808

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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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Asics Limited Edition NYC Marathon Gel-Kayano 21 Giveaway

Disclosure: ASICS America provided me a code for one reader to win a complimentary pair of  limited shoes for the giveaway.

So right now I’m in London galavanting around the city, probably running around raindrops to stay dry. And its also my birthday.. happy birthday to me! I always love celebrating by going away somewhere and experiencing something fun. Lucky for me this year involved an overseas trip right before I get to run the NYC Marathon.. two awesome things back to back?! There’s so many fun things to be happy and thankful for this year!

And because its my birthday I thought it was the perfect day to give an amazing gift to you: the chance to win your own pair of Asics Limited Edition NYC Marathon Gel Kayano 21 shoes! As part of the 2014 Asics NYC Marathon Editor’s Challenge Blogger Team, I’ve been given so many wonderful opportunities like getting Coach Kastor as my running coach and getting a pair of these awesome shoes that will always help me commemorate my first marathon. And now you can too (men can win the men’s shoe and women the women’s shoe)!

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Asics Gel Kayano 21 NYC Marathon: womens

Asics Gel Kayano 21 NYC Marathon: womens

The Gel Kayano is one of Asics most popular shoes, and for good reason. And luckily for all of us, the NYC Marathon shoe has been taken to the next level. This shoe features the next generation of FluidRide, an Ortholite sockliner for a light and stable ride, and a uniquely designed FluidFit upper and heel clutching system.

The Kayano is geared towards people with mild to moderate overpronation, and provides stability while also allowing your feet to remain comfortable. They are priced at $160 and are made specifically for the NYC Marathon, complete with custom colors and a stitched on “2014″. So cute!

Asics Gel Kayano 21 NYC Marathon: mens

Asics Gel Kayano 21 NYC Marathon: mens

Asics has made this whole marathon training experience amazing for me and I am so thankful for everything. I am so happy also to be given the opportunity to pay it forward to one of you and spread the Asics love! And for anyone who doesn’t end up winning, you can get these awesome shoes online on the Asics website or at the NYC Marathon Expo at the end of the month. You don’t want to miss these, they are an amazing way to commemorate the achievement of running 26.2!

Asics Gel Kayano 21 NYC Marathon

Asics Gel Kayano 21 NYC Marathon

So you want to win these?! I know I would :) Enter below via the Rafflecopter options. The giveaway will be open until 10/29/14 at 11:59 pm EST. I will post the winner on 10/30/14! Enter away..

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Marathon Training: Week 16 Recap & A New Perspective on Running Gear: Brooks Spring Preview Event

So its the first week of taper and I’m trying to trust in it but its making me nervous having to decrease my mileage. I know it will all be fine because I’ve gotten in a bunch of high mileage runs already, but its still kind of weird for me! Today is officially the 2 week mark until the NYC Marathon and I am shocked at how fast time is flying. And literally on Tuesday I’ll be flying… to London and Amsterdam for some much needed vacation. I am happy, too, because I think vacation is going to make me less anxious about race day and take my mind off of everything. I have posts scheduled for when I am away including a fun giveaway so stay tuned!

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Monday: crosstraining (elliptical/bike)

Tuesday:  5.5 mile run

Another early morning run, and as usual I felt so happy to get in my run before work. Katherine and I met up on the bridge and ran around Brooklyn and back to home for a total of 5.5 miles. It was a warmer day so I dressed lightly. I am SO curious what race day weather will be like, its been all over the place lately so who knows?!

Wednesday: 3.5 mile run

Morning runs for the win!

Thursday: lots of stretching

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 12 mile run

My sister came to visit for the weekend (she’s also running the marathon this year!) so we did our long run together. We met up with Katherine who ran with us for about 6 miles, we all met on the bridge and headed across to the West Side and headed downtown along the running path. We looped around and my sister and I headed to the Williamsburg bridge. After the bridge we headed back into Brooklyn and towards my apartment to finish up the rest of the run.

I wasn’t feeling as strong during this run as I have in other shorter distance runs, and I’m not sure why exactly. But I’ve decided not to let myself get nervous about it, I’d rather have a slightly off run now than on race day. Every long run thus far has been amazing so I was bound to have one that wasn’t as great, but wasn’t terrible either.

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Running in Brooklyn

Sunday: crosstraining (bike), upper body strengthening, stretching

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I was also lucky last week to be invited by Brooks Running to an event to preview their spring gear and running shoes! The event was held to help runners find their “inner runner,” whatever that may be for you. My inner runner was healthy & free, because running makes me feel as if I don’t have a care in the world. I loved getting to actually get to think about what makes me a runner and how it makes me feel, because thats what the sport is all about. At the event, Brooks had a board with lots of different words posted on it to help people figure out what their own inner runner was. I loved the combinations people came up with that reflected them and I loved using all the shoes around the room for inspiration! Look at the words below and tell me your inner runner…

Find your inner runner.

Find your inner runner.

The event was held in a beautiful penthouse with amazing views of the city. We were also greeted by friendly staff and really cool running-themed drinks.. ‘Gin&Time It‘ and ‘Runerita‘, I mean how cute is that?! They also had really cool photographs and stories posted around the room from runners to help show who their inner runner is, as well as other aspects of your life. For example the woman in the right photo is a runner and construction worker.

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The Penthouse

Such fun drinks!

Such fun drinks!

After picking my ‘inner runner’ and getting a cool drink to sip on, I walked around to check out the gear. I learned about the Brooks Pure Project, which is very unique and something I haven’t seen much of before. It has just been launched, and is running clothing that is stylish and wearable everywhere. They even have a romper that you can wear running but is cute enough that you can wear it out after a workout to brunch with friends, with a front cut hem in the shorts to promote free movement! The materials are all top quality, the designs are unique and feminine, and anything you get can be used for more than just a workout.

Brooks also had a bunch of their spring clothing available and let me tell you its SO super cute. It was weird thinking about spring clothes so early but it got me excited for next year. My favorite top was this cute little green lightweight tank..

Brooks tank from their spring line.

Brooks tank from their spring line.

Next I headed over to the running shoe section to learn about all the types of shoes and shoe styles. Brooks has everything from more minimalist shoes to those with more stability. I did like how the Brooks Adrenaline, one of their most popular, is now lighter than it was a few years ago when I used to run in them. I love the new updates! They also offer many of their shoes in a rainbow of colors, including some ombre shades which rocks. Brooks has also made a NYC Marathon Brooks Adrenaline GTS shoe that is super cute and a nice way to commemorate running the marathon.

Shoe rainbow!

Shoe rainbow!

NYC Marathon Adrenaline GTS

NYC Marathon Adrenaline GTS

I also got to learn about the Brooks Heritage Collection, the casual version of Brooks shoe that launched just last year. The Heritage Collection celebrates Brooks’ 100 year old history using the classic designs of the Vanguard and Vantage. They have so many fun colors that are cute to match so many outfits! I love all the bright colors that are funky and unique.

Brooks Heritage shoe

Brooks Heritage shoe

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How did your workouts go last week?
How is marathon training going for you?

 

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