A Simple Solution
Here are some great words of advice from our senior tournament, super masseuse, Joann Nicodemus talking about the hip, but relevant to other areas …
“Stretching should never hurt. There are all sorts of stretches for opening up the hip joint that might give you relief by easing the pressure on the hip in the socket. But if gentle stretching is painful, then you probably need an intervention of some kind.”
“One thing you might try is a tennis ball. Lay on the floor with it under you. Look for some tender, tight bands or spots. Hold pressure there for 20 seconds or so to see if you can get them to release. You may find several trigger points out near the ball of the hip. And it will probably be a “good hurt” near your tailbone. Another helpful thing might be a hot tub jet.”
Pelican Bay friend Tony Williams shared that he has a ball that is designed to do just that. Pictured here, the ball has “prongs” to aid in its massage power.
I have also used a wooden “roller” to help massage my legs after a tough match.
Anyone have experience with these tools?
Keith Butterfield Passing
A good friend and a great guy, Keith Butterfield passed this week in Connecticut after a long battle with cancer. A super tennis player, he was also a super guy … always with a nice word to say and a constant smile on his face. We will all miss him.
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