Well folks, the Pensacola Marathon is finally upon us. This weekend, runners from all over will converge on Pensacola to run, walk or crawl the 26 miles to the finish line. I’ll be there, with our FSMTA (Florida State Massage Therapy Association) Sports Massage Team, with massages for all the weary participants. Come on out and support your favorite home town runners. And, be on the lookout for the undeniably entertaining costumes!
In the meantime, take a look at this inspiring video of why one marathon runner does what he does.
Last Sunday, I spent the day out in Gulf Breeze doing massage at the Tennis Tournament for the Santa Rosa Education Foundation benefiting “Take Stock in Children”. It was a beautiful day with great folks from the tennis community coming out to support the event. The FSMTA Sports Massage Team was there with hardworking hands.
Great job to everyone who attended and helped out!
If you were present at the Pensacola Marathon, chances are you met Lee Thompson. Lee is our FSMTA Sports Massage Team Director. I recently caught up with Lee Thompson while dodging tornadoes at the marathon myself. Lee is a former Paramedic of 15 yrs, has been an LMT for 10 yrs, is a massage therapy educator and a Florida CEU provider.
Locally, he has been doing a lot of groundwork for the sports massage team. He has contacted area sporting event promoters/organizers and created the opportunity for Santa Rosa and Escambia County therapists to be a part of their events. Triathlons, marathons and tournaments draw a myriad of people from our community and, occasionally, from all over the world. At the Pensacola Marathon, for example, we worked with athletes from Germany. They were so glad to have someone carefully treat their soreness before their next long airplane ride.
The sports massage team gives its members more exposure to potential clientele. If you are interested in becoming a part of this dynamic team, the next official massage team training course is to be held Saturday April 19th, in Fort Walton. Sign up at the next meeting or by contacting Roberta Broussard, EC Sports Coordinator, for a class to be held in our area.
Another Frequently asked question I get asked is…
“What does your wife think about you being a massage therapist?”
Well, I believe when we first met I was wearing scrubs and she thought I was a doctor. Boy, was she let down when she found out the truth ;> .
No, that’s not true about the whole doctor image, but I definitely think she had no problem with it.
In fact, I can say she is my biggest fan. She never fails to cheer me on. She’s always there for me on the rainy days too. Come to think about it; she deserves a great massage. I think she has one of my gift certificates…
BTW- I will be working at the Pensacola Marathon doing pre and post event massage this weekend. Come out and cheer me on.
More so, come out and see the great athletes from here and all over the world competing in this 2nd annual race. I believe this race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Have A Great Weekend!
So, what have I been doing lately? I’ve had a great opportunity to be working out at the Athletes’ Performance-FL in Gulf Breeze. Actually I have not been “working out”/ training there; I have been doing sports massage. The Athletes’ Performance institute is a sports training/conditioning facility located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Click here to see pictures from a Pensacola News Journal article featuring some of the athletes we have the opportunity to work with this year. Some of the other therapists involved in this venture are Mindy Sargent and Scott Williams.