Healthy Hollywood: Wellness Wednesday – Michael Phelps’ Ahh-lympian Moment!
First Published: August 1, 2012 2:04 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Michael Phelps swims into Olympic history.
After winning his 19th medal at the London 2012 games, the world’s greatest swimmer is now the Olympics most decorated athlete ever!
“It’s something very special,” Phelps said. “You know, these Olympics are going to be a lot more emotional at times, and …that’s why, in the huddle, I was saying to these guys [his teammates]. ‘Thank you for you guys making this possible.’ A big congrats to Michael!
So, how does a super nova like Phelps celebrate his achievement? He’s still got 3 more races to go, so it can be an all-night party. Healthy Hollywood suggests the next best (or at least the most relaxing) thing - an ‘Ahh-lympian’ massage.
Yup! What better to ease any sore muscles or simply let your mind go than with a massage? Massages are an integral part of most athletes training routine. “Massage eases inflammation, improves blood flow and loosens muscle tightness,” reveals Jodi Moroh, the head U.S. trainer at the British spa brand, Elemis. Jodi adds, “Massages are important to athletes because they consistently get lactic build-up, inflammation and minor tears in their muscles.”
Yet, you don’t have to be an Olympian to enjoy the benefits a sports massage. Elemis has teamed up with spa giant, Bliss, to offer a limited edition treatment which invigorates and energizes maxed out muscles. The treatment includes a leg massage, body scrub, and head and scalp rub.
“Elemis spa therapies are designed to respect the body’s complex physiology. They work in natural synergy with the skin, body and mind. Every treatment is specifically designed to offer a unique experience, using powerful massage sequences and the most potent actives available in the world today. The power of touch is healing and generates a total relaxation response in all of the body’s systems. The more relaxed the body’s systems are, the more likely our immune systems stay strong,” adds Jodi.
Plus, a relaxing scalp massage provides additional benefits. “Head and scalp massage originates from ancient, Aryuvedic tradition. We know that scalp manipulation assists in the total relaxation of the body. It is also effective in reduction of anxiety and mental tension, which contribute to chronic headaches. Another bonus of scalp massage is mental clarity,” reveals Jodi
So, Michael, hopefully you will have time to get out of the pool and onto the massage table. You certainly deserve it!
For the rest of us, check out www.blissworld.com.
-- Terri MacLeod
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