Caren Ware's Blog

July 7, 2010

Hippies

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 8:50 am

My hips hurt.  Not the bones, but the muscles and tendons.  Feels chronic.  Like tendonitis is setting in.  But I know that is not the case. I am tight.  The gluts, It bans, quads, hammies.  So tight they are tugging through the hips.  My Thai Massage guy  in Studio City that says, ‘you muscle stone.  Ya no stresh nuff”  works so hard to stretch me out, but I need more than every couple of weeks. I need sports deep tissue.  I miss my original personal trainer. He kept the hurting hips at bay. 

Michael Epstein approached me at a race and said that he specialized in sports therapy massage and wasn’t afraid to work hard on tendon and deep tissue issues.  www.epsteintherapy.com. He was based in Mission Viejo on Oso Parkway.  I had to be down there so I decided to give him a try.  I could tell he knew exactly what an athlete’s issues would be and he worked and twisted and expertly tugged at the multiple issues I was compiling.  Mainly, my gluts and quads were too tight and pulling through the hips.  He asked me to try MOXXOR. 

I see a LOT of products come and go. I have been timing races and witnessing expo products for over 20 years.  I have to admit I am a skeptic when it comes to any product.  They ALL seem to be purporting to be the sole cure-all for something. This  MOXXOR product is an Omega complex taken from a specific mussel (like sea urchin) found in New Zealand and dried and processed to 1000th strength to assist in eliminating muscle inflammation.  For some reason I felt game to try it.  The reason being that the inflammation in my hips and Achilles has been persistent and this was a natural product.  I feel like my muscles and tendons are crying out for oils. So here’s a good ole college try. I am going to take it for 6 straight weeks and report back to you.

 Michael Epstein did a thorough job and helped start the process of loosening up the hips.  I was disappointed that I still had hip tension and pain when I woke up this morning.  But I took it all back when I ran my speed work out today.  I  ran 4 80m sprints then did 5 300s walking back for each as recovery.  And I finished with a timed 700.  I ran fast, fluid, and the hips weren’t holding me back for the first time in months and months.  WHEW.  Now that’s a relief.

I hope to have Michael do a few more sessions on everything that leads to the hips before I go to nationals and then tackle that first and daunting marathon on another continent. If you are in the Orange County area I recommend his massage work.  I felt like a renewed runner.

By the way…25 more days to the Australian OUTBACK marathon.  I should be pinching instead of puking.

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