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Introducing Carrie Nelson!

Carrie came to us with a long history in the Massage field. She graduated from Seattle Massage School in 1996 and has been licensed since 1997. Her interests in massage include sports massage, injury treatment, manual lymphatic drainage, and energetic work.

Prior to her career in massage, Carrie studied anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry at the University of Hawaii. Carrie has a lifelong fascination with science and the natural world and spent 20 years as a medical research technologist at the University of Washington School of Public Health. She loves helping people through touch and attention to detail.

Outside of her work in massage, she is an avid skier, hiker and lover of the natural world. She hails from many places, West Virginia and Minnesota to name a few. She has lived here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest since 1987. She is very happy to be part of our team here at the Seattle Athletic Club and looks forward to being of service wherever it’s needed!

Welcome Amanda Goddard to Our Massage Team

The Massage department has a new addition! Please welcome Amanda Goddard to our staff. She comes to us highly skilled in many modalities of bodywork to fit any body’s needs. Amanda comes to us after spending time in Haiti working on relief efforts. She has also spent a solid amount of time working at an upscale club in San Diego which makes her a great fit for us!

Amanda received her training at Mueller College of Holistic Therapies in San Diego where she received her Massage Practitioner certification and then went on to receive her Holistic Health Practitioner Certification. She has been a Massage Practitioner since 2002. She has knowledge of many different modalities including Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Swedish, and CranioSacral Therapy. With her broad base of training she enjoys incorporating many techniques, tailoring a massage to each clients needs.

Please come see for yourself what Amanda has to offer! Her shifts are:
Mondays 11:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesdays 11:00am – 3:00pm

Contact the club at 443-1111 to schedule your next appointment.

How Often Do I Get A Massage?

Here at the Seattle Athletic Club members often ask: How often should I get a massage? Should I book a massage treatment before or after a workout?

Listen to your body
Do your muscles feel sore or your limbs heavy? Or maybe you’re just feeling sluggish or in need of a little “you” time. Leading an active lifestyle with regular exercise, work and the general stress of our daily routine can build up stress on the joints and muscles. Whatever the reason, this is a good time to get a therapeutic massage from one of our highly skilled massage therapists here at the SAC.

Post athletic event (marathon, basketball tournament, spin class, a good workout) are great times for a massage. Have you ever felt really sore the morning after a strenuous workout? Or maybe even a couple of days later? Massage can aide in moving the bi-products of muscle use and heavy exercise through the body faster, keeping joints, tendons muscles looser and ready for more activity and a quicker recovery time!

General Benefits of Massage

  • Massage can help break up adhesions or “sticky spots” in the muscles where muscle fibers get adhered from lots of physical activity.
  • Massage can help decrease your stress level and increase the same hormones that are released when you sleep.
  • Bodywork and touch therapies of any kind are good for a sense balanced mental and physical well-being.
  • Add your own benefits here!

Seattle Athletic Club Downtown Massage Therapists
Check the Seattle Athletic Club website or the photos on the wall near the massage rooms in the Men’s and Women’s locker rooms for more information about the modalities and skills of our great team of therapists. From Thai massage to Sports massage; specific injury treatment or just a relaxing hour of healing touch, you’re in good hands with our specialists her at the SAC!

Call 206-443-1111 to book your next massage.

Sports Massage for Runners

Sports massage combines techniques including deep tissue, Swedish and therapeutic massage. It reduces muscle and joint tension in the legs, hips feet as well as shoulders and neck- the entire body. Sports massage is a way to flush out the lactic acid that’s produced when we run or repeatedly use our muscles. This waste can build up and cause soreness as time goes by. Removing it speeds up recovery and increases flexibility, and that can improve our performance and just make us move relaxed and happy. Sports massage can be a very effective treatment, along with strength training, stretching and nutrition, for runners with aches and pains.

A runner’s world article on sports massage from August 2004 gives examples of athletes who benefit from this treatment. A 49 year old was training for her 49th marathon, which would put her on target to reach 50 marathons by the age 50. “If it weren’t for massage, I wouldn’t be able to do this.” Says Loretta Ulibarri, a runner form Denver. “I’ve had a lot of inflammation problems and ongoing soreness that interfered with my training. Ten years ago, I started getting a sports massage every 3 weeks, and since then, I’ve been injury-free and able to train year round.”

Dave Deigan is a runner from Sonoma, California who puts in 25 miles a week, and gets massage every other Thursday. “Since I Started getting massages 5 years ago, the chronic tightness in my calves has disappeared, and I’m not getting injured.” This has support in the medical community, as well. Lewis G. says “as far as injuries go, massage is the icing on the cake. Massage can supplement physical therapy as an effective injury treatment.”

When should on get massage? Therapists often recommend a weekly or bi weekly session, but every athlete is different. For some, once a month or six weeks is sufficient. When the legs feel tired or heavy or if there is inflammation, it is time to see a massage therapist. After a hard work out or a race, schedule an appointment 24-36 hours later. An ice bath soon after resting for a day or two, your body will be more then ready for a sports massage.

If you have any questions about massage for runners, ask any of the therapists at the Seattle Athletic Club, And weather you need a maintenance session, a post-race massage or injury treatment, we are available to help.