Shrewsbury – Classes in self-myofascial release/massage techniques will be held on the second Monday of each month through the rest of the year at Trinity Episcopal Church, 440 Main St., in Shrewsbury. The classes, which will be taught by massage therapist Karen Potter, will teach participants how to ease pain and improve posture and range of motion. Participants will learn how to use simple tools (mostly utilizing a tennis ball, but also a lacrosse ball, foam roller, PVC pipe and Theracane) to work out knots and tight areas in their body. They will be guided through working on 12-15 muscles each class and learn how tightness in these areas contribute to back pain, neck pain, plantar fasciitis, etc.
The class will be ongoing and will be held the second Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. There will be a rotation of areas of focus as follows:
June 10, 2019 – lower body
July 8- upper body
Aug. 10 – key areas and corrective posture exercises
Sept. 9- lower body
Oct. 14 – upper body
Nov. 11 – key areas and corrective posture exercises
Dec. 9 – lower body
Each class is $15. Participants may come to one class or all of them and should bring a yoga mat, tennis ball and/or lacrosse ball to each class.
“The more you work on yourself the better you will feel,” Potter said. “You will start to understand how the restrictions in your body impede your posture and cause pain, and how working out the knots will help you have better posture and movement.”
Potter has been a massage therapist for 15 years and owns Body Sage Massage Therapy in Shrewsbury. She is also a certified personal trainer. She raced at the elite level in cross country and endurance mountain biking for 20 years, which gives her much expertise in understanding how to keep her body healthy through the demands of rigorous training.