The following is an update letter that Jess wrote (with a few edits) to her family, we thought it would be a good idea to post it here as well and update everyone on what we have been up to and what our plans are for the future, enjoy!
Jared is a licensed massage therapist and has been working at Athlete’s Touch since February. He enjoys doing this work very much and is still expanding his client base as well as keeping regular clients! He is also no longer working at Ground’s Crew!!! This was a big decision for us financially since Ground’s Crew is a steady paying job and massage is client based.
Jared also has a few consistent personal training clients as well who are all seeing very good results for the needs they asked for! We are also working with the ultimate community on Monday nights doing speed and agility clinics. We have a big group of high school students that come to this to train for the YCC teams that will compete in Minnesota in August for a high school National title.
Maine Movement also sponsors/captains a summer league ultimate team! We are still growing and we figured this would be a good way to get people talking about us!
As for me (Jess), I have a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. I am still currently working at the Morrison Center in the high school program. I am waiting to get an Ed Tech to replace my position so I can move into a more appropriate job based on my degree. I have made/been offered a behavioral technician position. This is similar to a BCBA but since I don’t have my certification I cannot call myself a BCBA, plus I also still need more supervision hours for my internship and just supervision in general as there are still some things I am unsure of. I am hoping to do less Ed Tech days in the summer and more behavioral technician work in the summer and become full time come september. I will also be traveling to our Wells facility as well. I feel that doing this work full time will increase in abilities, knowledge, and study skills for the exam and for my future. I am looking at taking my exam for my BCBA certification in November of this year. So cross your fingers crossed someone applies and gets hired soon!!
I have done some coaching under Jared at clinics, but am still not very comfortable talking in front of a whole group. I have been doing more one-on-one stuff with friends at the gym, or taking people aside at clinics. My goal is to become a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach as well so I am able to work with people with disabilities under Maine Movement. But I still need a lot of training myself to become more knowledgable.
Our club team Ursidae is a mix of old players and new players. We are excited for what the season will bring us. We placed 5th at Easterns which the highest a Maine based team has ever done. We will be attending the Boston Invite which is an invite only tournament of 8 mixed teams. This is the same weekend as the Trek Across Maine. Jared and I had to make the very hard decision to cancel the Trek and attend this really important high level tournament in preparation for an even bigger tournament in Arkansas in August!!!! We are looking forward to this and have been fundraising to help cut costs, especially since we have college students on our team who cannot afford some of the expenses.
I believe that is what has been going on so far in the year of 2015 in the Jandreau household. We Just celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary on Monday June 15th (the cotton year). We decided to get ourselves sweatshirts with the Maine Movement logo on it to show off wherever we go!
Sorry for the lack of blog post in the past few months, we’ve been kind of busy and these were the first thing to get pushed to the side. But, on another note we thought it would be a good idea to give everyone a recap of what we were up to in 2014, hurray!!!!
First things first, school. We both spent a good chunk of our time in 2014 in school. Jared spent his evenings, Monday through Thursday taking classes to become a Massage Therapist, which he is happy to say he has finished and is now just waiting for his license in the mail!!! Jared has a job at Athlete’s Touch here in Portland, so if you are looking for a great deep tissue, sports massage check it out!
Jess spent one weekend a month, every month for 3 years at Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire where she is still working towards her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. She hopes to graduate sometime this May and sit for her exam in November to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
When we weren’t at school or work, we were training, practicing, and competing with Ursidae. Ursidae is a new mixed team out of Portland. We picked up a random group of players throughout the New England area, from players with only a few years experience to nationals level experience. It was a great year playing with new people! For being a brand new team, we placed 8th at Regionals! Plus we have sweet jerseys! We are starting the training, recruiting and practicing process early this year and hope to see some old and new faces be a part of this bear family.
Now for what we are most excited about, after the competitive season was finished and graduations were in site, we decided to stop twiddling our thumbs and started our own little fitness business, Maine Movement! We kept things simple in 2014, and offered clinics for ultimate teams within driving distance of us. These turned out to be a lot of fun and we had a blast meeting and working with some great athletes. We also hosted an 8 week Speed and Agility Clinic in Portland, it was not as big of a turn out as we hoped, but who wants to work out at 7:30 am on a Sunday? Thank you to those who stuck the early morning out and supported us. Our goal for this year is to increase our clientele and potentially start looking at facilities.
2015 is already looking like it will be a great year for Maine movement, with our first clinic sending us back to UNH for Speed and Agility. We’ve have some other tentative clinics in the works as well, UMO, Bates, and Possibly another local Portland Clinic.
Keep an eye out for new content and videos coming your way in 2015!!!!
As many of you know I have been in school for Massage Therapy for the past year, and am currently in the final leg of this journey, which is the clinical, hands on portion. This is by far the best part about school for several reasons:
1. We get new clients coming in every week.
2. Every client is different, and brings new challenges to every massage.
3. We get to educate them on what’s going on with their body, what we are doing to help, and what they can do to help with recovery.
I’ve been in clinic for about a month now and am finding that number 3 is by far my favorite part. People love learning about what’s going on with their body and what is actually causing them pain or discomfort. So I thought I would give you guys a little info on Myofascial Trigger Points and Fascial Adhesions, that might help you locate and resolve some of your issues.
Fascia is a connective tissue found throughout the entire body that provides support, shape, and suspension for the soft tissues. It’s important to understand that fascia does run through the whole body and if it were to develop an adhesion or scar tissue in a particular area; it’s not just going to be a problem there, it would cause problems both above and below it.
Adhesions are formed when the fascia in our body sticks together. Once these have formed, they become a real problem because they don’t allow your muscles to move the way they are supposed to, so we compensate for this and that’s when we start to get pain.
Trigger points are tender spots in muscle tissue that can cause a pain referral pattern and movement dysfunction. When you palpate these tender spots you will know right away if it is a trigger point if it either refers pain somewhere else or has a localized twitch response. Both of these responses are actually pretty cool when you feel it or see it for the first time.
There are all kinds of different causes of adhesions and trigger points, some of the more common ones are: poor posture, lack of movement, improper movement, recent injury, poor nutrition, or chronic dehydration.
If you are not already foam rolling, you need to be. It is the best and most cost effective way to alleviate a lot of the problems associated with adhesions and trigger points on your own. If it is a trigger point and you find it while foam rolling, find the spot that is the most painful, once you’ve found it sit on that area for 15-30 seconds this will help break up some of it and once you release allow for more blood to enter the area. If it doesn’t show the signs of a trigger point it is probably an adhesion and will also respond well to the same treatment.
One session with a foam roller isn’t going to solve your problems, just like exercise it takes time before you see results. Give it a couple weeks to a month, foam rolling (with intent) once or twice a day, and you should start seeing some good results.
Here are some of the tools we use for Self Myofacial Release.
Want to do some cardio but find running on a treadmill or skiing on the elliptical boring? Here are my top 3 cardio finishers to do after a workout. Enjoy!
Cardio Workout 1
Kettle Bell Swings 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 (reps)
Goblet Squats 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
(2 rounds for time)
Cardio Workout 2
Kettle Bell Swings 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Jump Ropes 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10
(1 round for time)
Cardio Workout 3
Line Jump 50
Mountain Climbers 60
TRX Row 20
(3 rounds for time)
(originally posted January 2013)
I found this quote when I first started working on this blog. I know it doesn't have anything directly to do with strength and conditioning or ultimate, but it most certainly can apply to both.
Being afraid of people or situations that are different, new or unfamiliar to me is something that has plagued me for a long time. I was a pretty shy kid growing up, who needed and got a lot of help from my parents. They were the ones forcing me to do more social things like cub scouts and sports in my younger years and dealing with teachers and student loan companies as I got into high school and college. I would make up some bogus excuse, just so I didn't have to talk to someone I didn't know, when in actuality I was terrified.
In college I found myself way out of my comfort zone, I managed to make new friends, which did help with my confidence, but I still had a long way to go. I never talked to my teachers, one on one, until my last year of college. During that last year I was forced to do things out of my comfort zone. Whether it was putting together a community project for my internship or giving an oral presentation for one of my 400 level courses. I didn't realize it at the time but doing things outside of my comfort zone were starting to give me a new level of confidence.
I've spent the past couple years (almost 4 now), sort of indirectly building this new confidence.
This past year has been absolutely amazing, I went out and got myself two awesome internships (CrossfitMF, Spurling Training Systems), one of which I'm still working at, I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, coached nationals caliber ultimate players with an amazing coach and friend (Tim Morrill of Morrill Performance and Explosive Ultimate), and played in the Ultimate Club Championships with a team I tried out for (Wild Card Bitches Yeehaa).
All of this because I decided not to be afraid, was I nervous to talk to some of these people, of course, but I didn't let it stop me, and I feel fantastic for it!
With all of my success in 2012 I plan to make 2013 even better, but I'll save that for another post.