I always look forward to my massage and acupuncture appointments. It’s that carrot that dangles after a long run or at the end of a couple of weeks of build. I have enjoyed my sessions for many years and try to schedule appointments out several months in advance, if I can, based on my training and racing schedule and my providers schedules. I’m happy to say they are very good at what they do and book out with “regulars”.
Dr. Donna Fleitz Mitchell suggests the following:
My personal and professional recommendations are that athletes should increase their utilization of bodywork, whether massage, chiropractic, acupuncture during their last month of high volume training. I usually recommend an extensive overall body treatment at the beginning of the 2 week taper, to allow for the body to heal. Because any deep tissue massage (especially if there is a significant amount of spasm, tightness and trigger points) will also cause some mild tissue trauma and inflammation, I usually recommend that any deep tissue work be performed no later than 5-6 days prior to race day. A lighter ‘get the tissues warmed and blood flowing’ massage can be performed up to the day before.
There are so many Body Work Specialists in the Boulder area. We talked to some of our friends and put together a list of a few practitioners in the area who come highly recommended.
Check out our list and their qualifications. Several are offering Ironman specials. If there’s someone you want to recommend, post a comment below.
Todd Ackerman works with many Boulder based endurance athletes.
Reach him through his website or email
IM Boulder participants, mention 303Triathlon for a $10 discount on a 1 hour session, July 27-August 9
BodyPoint Medicine Dr. Donna Mitchell, Acupuncture and Shevone DiSanti, Massage Specialist. Visit their website for more information on their services and Ironman Specials.
Christine Bell of Aussie PT is located in North Boulder. Her rates are reasonable $85 for a 55 minute session that includes an evaluation, and hands on treatment of manual therapy and dry needling, as well as advice on strengthening and stretching exercises.
Check out Christine’s website here
Integrative Health Acupuncture clinic of Todd Plymale-Mallory and Teal Stamm. In addition to massage and acupuncture, they offer Normatec Compression boots. Schedule on line and type 303Triathlon in the notes section to receive a $10 discount. Offer good through August 10.
Kevin Jordan of Kevin Jordan Massage Therapy Plus. Amazing Massage!
Find him on Facebook
Mention you read about him on 303Triathlon for $10 off your first visit
Sean Sullivan of Sean Sullivan Massage – Sean has a comprehensive website listing all services and prices. In addition to what’s listed he is running an IM Boulder special: 45 min pre race flush – $40 (outcall price $60).
Extra cool, he makes house calls
Reach Sean through email
Josh Shadle, Owner, Fuelary, LLC offers medical grade compression boots to facilitate recovery. Fuelary offers a recovery club inside RallySport Boulder.
Check out the Fuelary website
You can schedule an appointment online here