Bodywork for the Summer Enthusiast

Summer is a wonderful time of the year. I am guilty of holding off, waiting to complete some tasks and activities till the sunny days of summer. Now is the time of year we fill with outdoor activities: running, biking, softball, golfing, tennis, water sports – you name it, and it’s going on somewhere in the region! We don’t hold back, but enjoy every minute we can!

Sam L, Bike Enthusiast

Samson Laufmann, Bike Enthusiast

As we give it our all, we also feel the aches and pains of muscles that haven’t been challenged at this level and in this manner for some time.If you are an avid bicyclist, during your outing, your quads will be used in demanding, short extension durations, your neck will be arched for safely scanning your environment while biking, your arms and shoulders will have demands from the forward positioning of your body; your back, on down your hips and glutes, are working in very specific ways unique to bicycling.

Contrast that to a tennis enthusiast. The same muscles are firing, yet in completely different ways. The quads, calves, and knees are challenged in different twists and turns and abrupt start and stop patterns. Your neck and shoulders are posturing different for meeting the trajectory of the tennis ball and strategizing your return shot. Your arms and elbows are experiencing a completely different impact to meet and return your shot. Your back and hips are responding with a greater range of motion and holding pattern to return the volley and capitalize on your opponent’s play.

Scott J, Tennis Enthusiast

Scott Jacobs, Tennis Enthusiast

In both sports, many of the same muscles are used to complete their unique challenge. The interesting aspect is although the muscles are firing, each are being utilized in different degrees, ranges and durations.A massage session can relieve the aches and pains from overdoing your favorite sport or hobby and give you some down time for renewal.

Your session at élan is customized to your specific needs. When you arrive for your session, you will be greeted via a soft, low-key transition away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You’ll encounter soft lighting, gentle ambient music, light aromatherapy (if acceptable to you), a glass of water to continue your hydrating, and most importantly, time to relax and share your needs and goals for today’s session. I will take time to ask questions relevant to our work today, and together determine a plan to help you renew and return to balance.

You are unique; your needs are recognized and treated in a caring, intentional, intuitive manner.

Your session will begin with quiet connection, breathwork, and visualization as we invite the body to return to a state of balance. I will never “force” a technique, but always lead with a soft introduction to the muscle or tissue being worked on. Does this mean there is no deep tissue work? There IS deep tissue work, if needed, but all work and techniques are done in a caring, intentional, intuitive manner.

Especially if this is your first time at élan, I will quietly add insight to what is occurring, so the body-mind connection becomes a part of you. Learning to listen to your own body is an asset that will serve you well your entire life! Clients who have come on a regular basis have a deeper understanding of what their body is telling them and can make decisions in their best interests.

A client was in earlier this week, aware of the tightening in one side of her jaw and the tension in the back of her scalp and on down her left shoulder. She connected this to specific stressors occurring in her life at this time. Observing and acknowledging what is transpiring is a wonderful attribute that helps in every situation in life. It’s one more facet of living in the NOW. I feel privileged to see this in action in my clients’ lives.

I invite you to take some time for your well-being this busy time of the year. There’s no time like the present to become the best you there can be!


Sue is an experienced, intuitive bodywork (massage) and energy healer dedicated to coming along side you on your journey. You instinctively know when it’s time for a change, whether working with aches and pain in the physical body or resolving imbalances or discomfort in your energy BE-ing.
If you are hurting and ready to begin a new chapter in your well-being, call Sue at 605.254.3665. See more at

Sue Jacobs
élan Healing Arts

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