Knead to Run was created
because runners needed a better sports massage experience. So I created it.
Hi, I'm Sara!
Licensed Massage Therapist, Corrective Exercise specialist and owner of Knead to Run Massage.
I've been practicing massage for a long time (like 3 times the national average long which is saying something because I also have ADHD).
As a student, I felt a natural draw to the more technical and anatomical side of massage.
Being able to work with runners effectively is all about knowing how and why the body moves the way it does.
A friend once described my technique as watching a mechanic take apart an engine, diagnose the problem and know exactly how to fix it.*
*I cannot diagnose and I can't "fix" you cause you're not broken. I CAN help facilitate your body's natural healing process.
A few years ago I got fed up with all the confusion massage therapists were causing consumers when it came to sports massage.
Between not knowing how to get real, lasting results in treating sports injuries and continuing to tell clients BS myths like massage and water flushes toxins from your body (spoiler alert: that's not how it works) I knew things needed to change.
So I changed my generalist practice into a specialized one, focusing on runners.
Side note: I am not a runner myself
So why choose to work with runners?
I know, It does seem an odd choice doesn't it?
Although I am not a runner, I know two things for certain.
#1. I don't have to be a runner to get great results. I have to know how to get the most efficient movement possible and I have to be good at knowing how to read the tissue under my hands.
#2. Having ADHD and working on treating it is very similar to recovery work with runners. It's a continual on going process that never ends and when I don't treat it (like when I foolishly think I can skip my meds on the weekends) that's when things go awry.
After a decade plus of working with countless runners and other athletes, I kept seeing the same things over and over again and I began to see a pattern.
I saw that runners are great at prioritizing their runs (can you say ADHD hyperfocus?), but they are not particularly good at prioritizing recovery self-care (ADHDers suck at remembering things without help).
This was costing them training time as well as causing them to sacrifice their goals and dreams due to injury and/or decreased performance. I could write a book about how not addressing my ADHD has cost me all sorts of things in life.
But it wasn't their fault. Just like ADHD isn't my fault.
They just didn't understand the importance of injury prevention and recovery.
So I've made it my personal mission to help runners understand and be better at recovery care.
If this sounds like you, I'm here to help!
In prioritizing your recovery with the same importance as your runs.
So great things can happen.
I believe that prioritizing recovery is about more than just preventing injury. It allows you to be more present and engaged in all areas of your life, not just running. It says I'm worthy of care and attention. It says self-care is anything but selfish.
But I don't believe you should start a recovery plan just because.
I believe in creating the right recovery plan. A plan that addresses the specific muscle imbalances that are causing you to hold tension that may decrease performance due to inefficient movement patterns, helps you feel more comfortable in your own body, and decreases stress to help you have a better quality of life.
I believe you're worth it. Let me help you prioritize your recovery.
Mariam came to me when she sustained a hip injury from training for her first half marathon. I took Mariam from feeling nervous and out of control about her injury to confident and knowledgable in a short period of time.
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