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Massage Keeps Kahla In The Swim

I have been using the benefits of massage therapy for five years. Being a high level athlete, I am constantly training and competing and my muscles get sore and tight from overuse.


September 24, 2009
By Kahla Walkinshaw

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swim1.jpgI have been using the benefits of massage therapy for five years. Being a high level athlete, I am constantly training and competing and my muscles get sore and tight from overuse.

By incorporating massage therapy into my program, it helps me to be always in top physical condition.

As a swimmer I am in the pool training between nine to 11 times per week, and I have very little time to allow my body proper time to recover and heal. I have used massage therapy when I feel my body is run down, and tight from training. 

swim2.jpgMassage therapy helps relieve the knots in my muscles to allow me to continue training at peak levels. If your muscles get over-used and tight it could lead to injury. By using massage therapy I am able to prevent a lot of injuries from happening. I also use massage therapy before each meet.

Even if my body is not tight, I believe that using Massage therapy helps me to relax and get out the kinks that I do not even know are there. It helps loosen your body up and ensures that you are not going to be sore while competing in a meet.

Massage therapy is incredibly relaxing and you feel refreshed when done. I would recommend massage therapy to all athletes, you will feel an immediate benefit in your performance in training and competition. It will help you to continue training at the levels you need to without having the interruption from injury.

I have treated many national level athletes over the last five years. I have no special sports massage training, beyond what my RMT program offered, but have developed my assessment skills to incorporate problem-solving approaches relating to athletic injury. Muscle is muscle, whether you are treating an 18-year-old National level swimmer or a 30-year-old who has been in an accident. 

I would not see myself volunteering at a sports event. However, there are multi-levels of athletes, ranging from your weekend warrior to your National level swimmer, that will cross your path as a treatment-based RMT.

For those who do not specialize in sports massage, do not shy away from treating conditions even when their cause is sports-related. It is the on-site and training massage that requires additional and specialized training.

Susan Repa, RMT


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