Thank God for thoughtful friends. Concerned about my injured state, Kim, our 2nd mommy during the Singapore Marathon last year who is currently training for the Bataan Death March Ultramarathon, called yesterday to offer some wise advise: Get a deep massage…regularly. Her doctor advised her to get a massage after EVERY run and she swears that were it not for this one-hour indulgence she would’ve been sidelined by tight leg muscles by now.
I followed 2nd mommy’s advice. In a little over two hours (I move fast, don’t I?), I was already lying on the massage table of Intercare Center, awaiting my very first Myotherapy session.
Myotherapy, according to the Intercare website, aims to isolate specific problem areas and fixes it, something that your typical massage therapist is not trained to do. Myotherapy is a muscle treatment and relaxation therapy that results in the reduction of tension; with the direct effect of releasing muscle spasms, improving circulation and bringing about proper functions and a healthy tone to ailing muscles.
I was excited. I thought this could be the answer to finally popping those stubborn nodules that weren’t hit by dry needling. At the same time, I was nervous and apprehensive. Thoughts of me screaming in pain, collapsing, or fainting floated about in my head. I shut my eyes and repeated the mantra, no pain, no gain. Then, to add to the anxiety, my therapist enters the room and he is…a man! I had never been massaged by a guy before! Clad in a robe with only my underwear underneath, I lay on that massage table, closed my eyes again to repeat a new mantra: Bahala na!
The therapist first asked me to lie on my stomach while he placed heavy heating pads on my back for around 10 minutes. I felt like I was melting; I actually fell asleep here.
He re-entered the room to begin the deep massage session. He used slow, steady strokes, as if he was squeezing all the tightness out of my body. He started on the right leg and found nodules in my calves and hamstrings. What? That wasn’t even my injured leg yet. As he tried to pop those bubbles, he asked me if it was painful. He said I could scream if I wished, as others have done in the past due to the pain. Surprisingly, the pain was manageable for me. I learned that taking deep breaths as he pressed on a nodule helped to ease the discomfort.
Now for the exciting part. He started massaging the left injured leg. He found nodules almost everywhere: calves, hamstrings, ITB, hip, and up to the back. I pointed out some lumps on my ITB and asked if he could pop those nodules too. He pokes at them and says “Oh they’re not nodules ma’am. They’re just fat deposits.” Great. I believe that was the one time I wish I had nodules instead.
He went on to massage my back and shoulders which were all, as expected, very very tight. I end the session in exactly one hour, completely relaxed and satisfied.
By the time I got home, the kneecap pain which bothered me for two full weeks (even at rest) was completely gone. GONE! Not even a hint! I woke up this morning and cheered as I realized that it wasn’t a dream. The leg is still completely pain free as I write this. I could do cartwheels right now but I run the risk of tightening my ITB again, plus being laughed at by the baristas here at Starbucks, so maybe I’ll do a little happy dance in a week or so.
The Myotherapy session at Intercare is P1,100 a session. Pricey, if I may say so, but truly worth it. I have promised myself a massage session (not necessarily at Intercare unless I win the lotto) every other day until Condura race.
MAKATI – Intercare Bldg.,
8420 Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City.
Tel Nos: 890-3378 – 79
Mobile: 0922-811-3651, 0920-953-2309
ALABANG – Unit D, Upper GF, Westgate Tower, Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Tel Nos: 807-6863
Mobile: 0922-811-3649, 0917-866-4156
GREENHILLS – 26A Eisenhower Street
Greenhills, San Juan.
Tel Nos: 724-6631
Mobile: 0922-811-3650, 0917-859-9479
Big big thank you to Kim! You didn’t have to call, but you did. And, it made such a big difference!