I also had a physical obstacle that was hindering my return to running Since having my third child, I’ve developed a nagging pain in what I’ve self diagnosed in my QL in my lower back. I decided if I wanted to get back to running I should probably address this pain that’s most likely been from being pregnant three times in less than 5 years and carrying around small children for the past 6 years.
I reached out to a friend who is familiar with my activities and pregnancies and whom I was hoping could help. She seemed like the perfect person to kickstart my healing process. Atmah Ja, I call her Aija, mostly because I can’t pronounce her other name is a licensed massage therapist and has assimilated a range of techniques, making her a specialist in the field of mind-body medicine, yoga, and meditation. I practiced yoga with her both before, during and after pregnancy, which makes me very confident in her abilities. Aija holds a certification in medical massage cupping and integrates it into her practice. She told me about how the use of laser therapy combined with massage and cupping could speed up my healing. I have never experienced anything other than massage so I was definitely intrigued. A natural remedy sounded like the perfect treatment after talking over my ailments.
The first treatment lasted an hour-and oh my goodness. To say it was amazing was an understatement. I immediately slept better that night and looked forward to my next four 30-minute appointments. After the second appointment, I noticed I didn’t wake up with pain at night and I oddly had more energy. The baby even woke me up that night and I still felt refreshed! What a win! Aija describes the laser therapy like photosynthesis for your body so it made sense that I had a renewed sense of energy. The most amazing part of the deep tissue infrared laser is that it works with the bodies own bio-chemistry breaking up scar tissue while regenerating the mitochondria of the muscle cell to restore healthy function. I know that was super technical jargon but it’s the best way to explain how it works. Aija incorporates this into her practice and her clients like me are seeing great results from long term injuries they thought would never heal or completely repair. I could also easily become addicted to cupping. It feels so good on my body. To me, cupping feels like a massage of my muscles in a deep way that human hands can’t do. I always envisioned something else, like it would hurt instead of leaving me wanting more. I even had the “cool” cupping marks to prove it.
My running fitness has returned and I’m happy to say I feel great! Even the usual nagging pains aren’t creeping back. The treatments, combined with yoga and running when I can fit it in makes me feel pretty confident going into my event. I am excited to spend the time with friends socializing between 5ks, keeping one foot in front of the other, and cheering on my teammates. Above all, I am thrilled to be able to support the Moore family who I dearly care for. I am also looking forward to continuing four more sessions with Aija after this weekend’s run! I’ll surely be sore! Wish me luck!
Update: The run was amazing! I RAN all three 5k’s and enjoyed it! The second 5k got a little dicey as I was tired and pushing hard on the run. Just when it got tough a friend appeared running aside of me and we got each other to the finish! Now that’s what friends are for! I foam rolled and stretched between 5ks and other than sore hamstring and glute muscles I am happy to report I felt better than anticipated! Thank you to my teammates Rebecca, Heather, and Gloria for a fun filled Saturday, the Moore Family for a special day to remember Peyton and a chance to challenge ourselves and super weather! Thank you doesn’t seem sufficient to Aija for your treatments to help me get back on my feet and run pain free. I will be back for more!
If you’re interested in learning more about Aija’s deep tissue laser treatments, cupping, and massage you can reach her at 843-323-8341.