AN Omagh woman who is assisting some of Ulster’s top GAA players prepare and recuperate for the Championship has her child’s illness to thank for her change in career instructions. Find out latest Fast Track Sports Massage Courses here.
Marissa McKernan opened her own Sports and Holistic Therapy Clinic in Carrickmore in March, and integrates this with working with different GAA clubs and caring for her now 21-year-old son Stefan.
In 2006 Stefan won his All-Medal in the Special Olympics, running in the 800 meters. A few months later he was detected with rheumatoid arthritis which ended his running. He later on developed epilepsy.
Although Stefan initially took advantage of the calming advantages of deep massage, he was uneasy with the therapists who would alleviate him so, in aiming to help him, Marissa enrolled on a night class on aromatherapy.
” I needed to do it as we got to a point where Stefan wouldn’t let anyone else touch him,” she states.
Marissa unfortunately lost her sibling Catriona to bowel cancer at the age of 31. A county camogie player, before her death Catriona had a desire to get genetic cancer screening, to benefit other members of her household. In addition to Marissa and some her bros and siblings being recognized as carriers of the genetic cancer gene, when Stefan was tested it was discovered he was born with an uncommon chromosome condition.
” I constantly knew deep down that as well as the learning disabilities there was something more medically going on with him. Unfortunately, it took Catriona to pass away to get that proper diagnosis,” Marissa states.
As well as life-saving medication, Stefan has actually taken advantage of the different massages and complementary treatments his mom gives him daily.
” His mobility has actually enhanced, as has his basic wellness and form. Because he is taking a lot of medication, his body needs detoxed and massage is fantastic for the lymphatic system. And the deep pressure assists keep him grounded,” describes Marissa.
Realizing the progress Stefan was making, Marissa continued with additional courses in reflexology and Indian head massage. With a lifelong passion for Gaelic sports and with many nieces and nephews associated with the video game, she was persuaded to literally turn her hand to sports massage and is currently completing a degree course in Applied Science in Holistic and Integrative Therapies with Ulster University.
With the increased awareness of player burnout and the need for players and coaches to be knowledgeable about injury prevention, GAA gamers and clubs are increasingly seeking to sports massage and holistic treatment to match their physio therapists.
Whether injured or on top of their game, sports massage plays an essential function in the life of any sportsperson or woman. It can assist maintain the body in better condition, avoid injuries and loss of movement, remedy and restore movement to injured muscle tissue, increase efficiency and extend the general life of a sporting profession.
Players can likewise benefit psychologically in being relaxing, decreasing stress and anxiety levels and if is done with brisk motions, such as what would be done prior to an event, then this can have a stimulating and inspiring result.
As working with different club groups in Ulster, through a continuous positioning with the University of Ulster Sigerson GAA group at Jordanstown Marissa has actually worked on lots of county gamers including: Monaghan’s Kieran Hughes and Ruairi Begin; Cavan’s Killian Clarke and Michael Argy; Donegal’s Patrick McBrairity and Ryan McHugh and Tyrone’s Matthew and Richard Donnelly.
Marissa admits that her nephew, Tryone and Clonoe GAA star Connor McAliskey, has been her “guinea pig” throughout her training.
” Seeing his body change over the past 4 years has actually been amazing and I have to provide credit to the both the fitness instructors and the players who take ownership of their bodies in their pursuit of quality.”
In her center Marissa provides a number of treatments, numerous consisting of the word ‘booster’ in their title. These consist of: extremely booster aromatherapy salt scrub and massage; mega booster sports and healing massage; sports deep tissue detox salt scrub and restored energy massage and the intriguingly entitled deep tissue boom massage.
” I would have different gamers concern me for their treatments before a huge game. I’ve just had so much favorable feedback from the gamers that it has motivated me to keep developing my different treatments to offer their entire body and mind a boost. By combining a scrub and deep massage with reflexology you are preparing them mentally as well as getting the body into shape.”
As sports stars, Marissa alleviates customers from all strolls of life for back discomfort to health and wellbeing. She is also very passionate about the benefits of dealing with individuals with learning disabilities and unique needs.