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New Stretch and Recovery Class with Linda Broadhead!

At first it may seem like a stretch to be talking about massage therapy and injury prevention in a blog series that’s supposed to be highlighting clean living, but to us, they’re closely related. Recently, John and I have been thinking more about what it takes to exercise and workout safely and responsibly. Although Manic, with its focus on sustainability, durability and core strength, is one of the safest exercise programs out there, especially when you listen to your body and your trainers, the reality is that any type of exercise can lead to injury. Heck, even basic movements like sitting down and walking can lead to injury! High intensity interval training, what we do at Manic, offers many benefits to our bodies and minds, but it requires that we know how to work out safely - not just during workouts, but before and after as well.
We want every single member who works out at Manic to work out safely, and to know what it takes to prevent injuries and recover properly. South Kingstown is rich in health and wellness resources, and we have decided to create relationships with local providers who can help to educate Manic members and help us take our health and fitness to the next level. The first resource I’d like to share with you all is a woman I’d heard great things about from fellow athletes in town. She is known for her effectiveness in treating chronic pain and injuries, and has gotten many friends back to running, yoga and life.

Linda Broadhead, LMT is a licensed massage therapist in Peacedale, RI. Hopefully we all know the benefits of regular massage, especially for athletes who are toning and strengthening muscles, but Linda does far more than just massage sore muscles. Combining several different holistic and cutting edge therapies, she helps restore balance and alignment to muscles and bones, and much, much more. During a recent appointment I had with her to learn more about her services, she did some very brief impromptu work on my shoulder, which had been tweaky for a few weeks, and the next morning when I woke up the pain had reduced by 50 percent. She quickly honed in on the structural misalignments that were contributing to the pain, and gently pressed and manipulated and adjusted (with no pain whatsoever) my body. As she usually does, she sent me home with some exercises so that I could continue the work myself. She told me “I don’t like this coming every week stuff. I want my clients to feel better quickly, and to go home knowing how to prevent their pain from recurring.”
Sounds good to me! So instead of using ibuprofen to manage the pain, I’m icing, using Deep Relief essential oil, and doing targeted stretches to heal the imbalance causing the pain. (See? Told you there was a link to clean living). My shoulder pain has decreased from an 8 to a 1, and my interest in what Linda has to offer is off the charts. The good, fabulous, exciting news is that starting on May 14, Linda will be coming to Manic Training on Thursdays to teach a stretch and recovery class from 10:15-11:15! I suspect the takeaway from this class will be much more than the time we put into it, as Linda will be bringing her knowledge and expertise to share with us as she teaches us how to maintain healthy balance and alignment. Come give it a try, and learn more about how you can take your health and wellbeing into your own hands.


Phone 401.741.5106
Address 466 Main Street
Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879