Friday, October 28, 2011

Hurts So Good

Yesterday was my reward for arriving at the taper for the Javelina Jundred: I got a massage from the premier sports massage expert in southern Utah. Her client list includes people in record books. She is g o o d. And I wasn't scared to see her this time. Which was different than our first visit earlier this year. Allow me to repost an article following that visit:

There is a principle I have always lived my life by: I, Cory Reese, will never get a massage.

It just boils down to the fact that I don't want no one's hands on me. I just don't. But after the ultramarathon on Saturday my knees and legs were feeling ultra-achy. I decided to abandon my life principle and call the person who does sports massages for runners on the St. George Running Center team. Her name is April and I've heard she can make grown men cry.

I'll be honest with you: I was scared to death to go see April. Remember, I don't want no one's hands on me? And....I'm a grown man.....and I didn't want to cry.

So April starts doing her sports massage thing on my legs. I thought to myself "Hmm, this isn't so bad." And then April found the sweet spot - part of my leg that hurt just by looking at it. She zoned in on the sweet spot and I believe I levitated four inches off the table. Nowhere in the fine print did I see that she did the massage with Tasers. She continued to find many more sweet spots.

I heard April say, with a tone of slight surprise, "Oh, your legs are pretty tight." I really enjoyed my conversation with April as she smushed my muscles into peanut butter. I laid there trying not to levitate off the table, and it hurt so bad, but holy Moses, it felt so good.

She finished doing her sports massage thing, I stood up, and the greatest thing happened: I could bend my knees! It was glorious. It was a huge difference. I feel much better. My legs are still sore, but I have to remind myself that this is likely because I ran an ultramarathon three days ago.

So I officially abandon my anti-massage policy. I will certainly go see April again. Her rates are very reasonable - if you're in the southern Utah area you can schedule your own awesome Taser session by calling her at 435-773-7297.

I am proud to say that I, Cory Reese, did not cry.


  1. Ouch! That picture makes me cringe. Man, I've only had one massage, and it was great, but I hear ya on the pain! I can't wait till your 100 miler!!!!

  2. There you go! I believe massage is great tool for all athletes!

  3. ummmmm what!?! i need a taser session! haha! you totally deserve a massage going into this javelina. and maybe about 15 after :)

  4. SO. WORTH. IT. I'm addicted to my physical therapist because the pain hurts so good. I'm sure that you are going to need a few more of these taser sessions before the ultra is over. Way to not cry!

  5. Oh you make me laugh. My husband can not be convinced to get a massage either. He too shares the whole "no stranger is touching my anything"... boys. TWO WEEKS CORY! YAY

  6. Oh, I love massages! There is seriously nothing better! Glad to hear you're a convert :)

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