Golf – a favorite past-time enjoyed by many. However, it’s a difficult game to master. If you’ve ever played, you know how frustrating the game can be. Half physical and half psychological, the focus and precision required to get that small white ball across hundreds of yards into a tiny hole can be excruciating. Yet if you do so in a minimal amount of strokes, the feeling of success can be oh so rewarding.
While it’s not the most physically demanding of sports, it does put quite a bit of stress on the body. Swinging a club hard and fast with an intense twisting motion will pack quite a punch on your muscles and joints. In fact, Golf Digest reports that around 80 percent of golfers experience some kind of back or shoulder pain.
Thankfully, massage therapy offers a number of solutions to golfers looking to maintain their swing. And while the physical aspect of golf is important, the psychological component is also critical.
It may sound like common sense but it is ever so important. No one wants to live in pain! Massage therapy is one of the best ways to ease the soreness of overworked muscles and joints. It increases circulation, allowing the required oxygen and nutrients to flow through the tissue and maintain muscle health.
Increase Range of Motion
As we age and move less, our joints begin to tighten, restricting movement. Kneading and working on muscles and joints can help keep them lubricated, more fluid, and working properly.
Decrease Risk of Injury
The hard swing and twisting motion from a golf swing is a very unnatural movement. It’s intense, vigorous, and strenuous. Even a healthy individual is at risk for injury. Keeping muscles loose and flexible is the key to preventing a tear or strain.
Promote Mental Clarity
Massage therapy is a great way to relax, but for many the sense of calm wears off shortly after a session. You get back to your busy life and let stress sink in again. Reiki is another natural healing technique that can benefit you beyond the treatment room. It is an ancient Tibetan form of natural healing that is administered by the “laying of hands” to help restore imbalances of energy in the body due to blockages. This technique increases energy, accelerates healing, calms the mind, stimulates spiritual awareness, and creates a general feeling a well-being.
Practicing Reiki is especially important when looking to balance the chakras of the body. When we see clients with physical ailments, whether it be pain, migraines, digestive issues, etc., we can often times relate it back to a blockage in one or more of the chakras from an emotional trauma. As a Reiki Master, we can help people identify where these blockages are located and clear them to allow the body to once again become centered.
If practiced regularly, you can see how these positive effects can transfer over to your golf game.
Golf is a competitive sport, but it is also meant to be a means of enjoyment. Whether you are playing with a group or solo, it’s supposed to be fun! Heading out with a sense of relaxation and clarity can take the stress off trying to play perfectly. Our goal is to help you take a deep breath, smell the fresh air, and appreciate your physical health and ability to move.
Now as you can see, I don’t exactly have the secret to a perfect golf game but I know that massage therapy and Reiki can help you get pretty close. Everyone’s body and skill level are different, but maintaining a healthy physique and clear mind will help you play your best game yet.
If you play golf and are looking to improve your game, give us a call or click here to schedule your appointment today.