Sport Medicine and Oriental Medicine

Written by arnokroner on . Posted in acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, race, recovery, running, ultra distance, wellness

Swimming great Michael Phelps, NFL Pro Bowler Tony Richards, Tour de France Winner Vincenzo Nibali, and 18-time NBA All-star Kobe Bryant are just a few of the elite athletes who receive regular acupuncture, cupping and/or tuina treatments.

How can you benefit from the same level of support at your own level of fitness? Through acupuncture’s ability to:

    • Reduce inflammation, increase circulation and relax tense muscles.
    • Speed up healing of sprains, strains and soft tissue injuries such as bruises and tendonitis.
    • Naturally boost energy levels.

What about cupping and sports?

US Swimmer Michael Phelps made the headlines with cupping marks during the 2016 Olympics. Cupping involves placing a glass or plastic cup in problem areas and creating a vacuum inside the cup – suction is created on the skin surface. Stationary or massage cupping is a top modality to:

    • Remove toxins and alleviate inflammation.
    • Ease stiff  muscles, particularly when using massage cupping.
    • Promote the healing of any injury or pain, from sports or other causes.
    • Alleviate respiratory congestion.

Ask us if cupping could benefit you!

Herbs & Sports

In 1993 when the Chinese women’s track and field team broke multiple world records, the world found out that all the members consumed a special drink made from Cordyceps sinensis. The modern practice of herbal medicine, diet and supplementation can contribute to:

    • Enhanced performance in sports and daily life.
    • Faster healing and recovery for injuries such as broken bones, sprains and strains.
    • Less fatigue from strenuous workouts or over training.

Ask during your consultation how herbs and supplements can support your active lifestyle and contribute to a balanced training regimen in any sport or activity.

UTMB 2013 Race Report

Written by arnokroner on . Posted in mountaineering, race, running, ultra distance

“It is not a pristine mountain experience, but rather, it’s a spectacle of the sport of mountain ultra running. I happen to like this aspect of the race. For a sport that is often niche and very grassroots and an activity that I spent a vast majority of my time doing alone, almost everything about the race is an over-the top, at times kitschy, experience; a true celebratory event.” — Adam Campbell

While it’s always fun and beneficial to write a report after every event I run, doing so for the UTMB seems just as daunting as finishing the course. It’s definitely the hardest ultra marathon I ever ran – 105 miles (168 km) in high mountains, 31000 feet of steep climbing and descending, semi-autonomous mode – it took me over 42 hours, having to stop for 15 to 45 minutes at aid stations to fuel, rest and occasionally take a 15 minutes power nap. It was hard but it was an adventure like no other and also a dream come true: running around the Mont-Blanc!

I finished 1039 out of  2469 participants (only 223 Women). 1686 runners finished (68% of  participants).

If you just want to look at pictures click here! For a video summary click here!

imageI got to the start line very rested and well nourished after almost a week in a super cozy hotel near Chamonix and daily visits to the center. If you go run the UTMB and have a tight budget I highly recommend the Hotel Beau Soleil in Le Lavancher. It’s operated by Mr and Mme Bossonney and they were so caring and happy to have a UTMB runner that they treated me like their son, cooking simple and delicious dinners that contributed to being well fed at the start. I also slept extremely well, between 8 and 10 hours a night before the race.

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