Archive for June, 2013

KT Tape it up

Posted on June 30th, 2013 by Shari┬┤ Parks

KT Tape it up. That’s exactly what I did for two nagging injuries that may have side lined me during the San Francisco marathon, but it provided me the support I needed to get through the 26.2 hilly course.

You might be wondering exactly what is KT tape? If you watched the Summer Olympics last year you would have seen several of the athletes with it on. KT stands for kinesiology tape. It’s a cloth, often cotton, elastic sports tape. It’s a revolutionary way to support sports injuries while allowing you to still participate in the activity that you love.

I received 4 pre-cut strips at the running expo two days prior to my marathon. I was a novice to using the product, but heard rave reviews. I was thrilled to see a booth at the expo. There were several reps to apply the tape on the spot to any runner stopping by. The company rep demonstrated for me how I should apply the tape to my left hamstring; an area of the body best applied while exposing the entire muscle i.e. not in a public setting. That evening it went on. Remember this is two days before my marathon. I showered with it’s water resistant. I continued to stretch the target area with it conforms to the muscle and it’s breathable.

I’d have to say, without a doubt, that extra support to my hamstring got me through my race relatively injury free.

For more information on kt tape go to their website, The site provides video clips on application instructions and where to buy it.

Massage Without Borders

Posted on June 7th, 2013 by Shari┬┤ Parks

Massage Without Borders is the brain child of Gloria Coppola, owner of Massage Pro C.E. and 2011 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame inductee. Founded soon after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast. Coppola, who is the former owner of a massage school in New Jersey, began to receive calls from former students seeking help for those who lost everything to run their practice. This nonprofit grassroots effort fueled by Massage Therapist and other bodyworkers has distributed financial and product donations, including massage tables and other aid to assist bodyworkers in rebuilding their practices.

Massage Without Borders continues to raise funds and accept donations. Coppola says Massage Without Borders is interested in expanding its mission beyond Hurricane Sandy assistance to more broadly serve Massage Therapist in need.

Way to go Massage Without Borders.

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> This information was gathered from ABMP magazine <


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