wash away the rain…

Dedicated to an amazing artist

Today is the Monday following an amazing 4 days with people I train with on a regular basis and people I have trained with over the years in Okinawa Japan, the United States and so on. The reason for this was our 2nd annual Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan camp up here in Canada. An amazing camp and amazing people. Before I get into the heart of this post I want to say the following: I have never met and I don’t think I will ever meet people more special and incredible than people in the Shorinkan. I have had 3 trips to Okinawa with these people where you are spending about 18 hours a day with each other, in the extreme heat, tired most times, hungry sometimes and it’s never been a bad experience. I’ve had people I don’t even know stay in my house, have left my car with someone I met for the first time, have been in various states of inebriation and have always made it home safe and sound. Words cannot express it well enough but I had to say it.

Ok, now onto the post. As with all of our karate camps, there is lots of soreness, bruises, muscle strains from the intense training. You cannot go through the lessons lightly otherwise you will never understand the techniques and how effective they are. It’s not applying techniques at 100% but at a rate that you know the technique has been done to you. And if you are lucky you get to have a technique applied from a Kyoshi who knows the technique very well. I was fortunate this weekend and my right quad is still a little tender. The technique dropped me like a rock but from having that applied I will never forget it.

So what can we do to help heal these pains or just ease the stiffness and soreness? Keep reading to find out.

  • H2O – The preventive measure is to drink plenty of water. Your body is made up of water and not having enough water in your body will prevent the process of removing waste and providing nutrients from and to your muscles running from running efficiently. What colour is your pee? If it’s darker than straw you are not getting enough water.
  • Heat – As long as there isn’t any swelling, apply heat. Heat will help the blood flow to the damaged area and speed up recovery and healing. Apply heat for 15 minutes, than remove heat for 30 minutes. Follow this process for about a few hours. Caution: Keep the level of heat bearable. Too hot of heat can damage your skin and possibly burn you.
  • Epsom salts – Put about 2 cups of Epsom salts into a hot bath and soak for at least 15 minutes or longer if you like. The warm bath will feel soothing and relaxing and will also speed up healing by increasing blood flow to the damaged areas. The adding of Epsom salts to the water breaks down the Epsom salts into Magnesium and Sulfate which is believed to then be absorbed by the body and aid in healing. It hasn’t been proven but who cares, the warm bath in itself is quite relaxing on it’s own and it feels great. Add some essential oils to the bath to add a calming sent. I guarantee you will feel better as the calming sent also calms the mind.
  • Rest – The body needs to recover and rebuild following the abuse you just gave it. Rest helps with this process of rebuilding injured areas. It’s not always easy to get the time to rest but don’t let yourself feel guilty by sleeping in. It’s about balance. If you are someone who trains hard, abuses your body through that hard work and other things such as kumite you have to sleep to recover. If you don’t sleep, you risk over training and all that comes with that. You even risk injury.
  • Avoid Alcohol – Not always easy to do. Who doesn’t want a few beers after a long day of training? That’s when they taste the best and usually after a long day of training is a long night of socializing (there goes the sleep you need). There isn’t anything good alcohol has for our body. Basically it’s a poison. Hops are barely are great for us, right? Ok, I’m trying to justify it as best as I can but even though beer has some great things in it (especially Guinness – lots of heartiness in that stout) it just doesn’t out way the negatives. If you do drink, do it in moderation. Your body will thank you.

Closing

That’s about it. I’m sure there are other options out there but I tried to keep the list short and also keep it to natural remedies. The more reading/research I do the more I’m stepping away from chemicals, things that can hurt us more than heal us. Call me a hippie. I’m ok with that.

One final note. This post takes me to just over 190 posts! I’ve had periods where the posts where almost writing themselves, sometimes posting 4 times a week. And I have periods where I haven’t posted in a month’s period.

When I see that I’ve written this many articles it’s hard for me to believe. I’ve never considered myself a writer, never thought I would have a blog and never thought I’d be able to write this many articles. I guess sometimes we don’t know what we are capable of.

Funny how all this started from a Coracobrachialis muscle…

Yours in health,

Darryl