Without a preliminary hand massage, competitive speed typists run the risk of obtaining autonomous hands that are unwilling to type without the mollycoddle comfort of oven mittens. Avoid total body autonomy with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a 50-minute sports massage at Alternapeutics in Winter Garden (a $70 value).
Alternapeutics' licensed medical massage therapist, Wendell B. Diamal, B.S., customizes massage sessions using varying techniques of tui na, a 2,000 year-old Chinese therapy intent on re-establishing the harmonious flow of the body's chi, or energy flow, to promote self-healing. After determining specific points of muscular distress, achy vertebrates luxuriate on a heated massage table while Wendell addresses soft-tissue problems by first, middle, and last names for dramatic effect, then applies the appropriate bodywork therapy to realign discordant musculoskeletal relationships. After the deep-tissue manipulation, patrons often notice relief from acute and chronic pain.
With more than 10 years experience in physical rehabilitation and Western and Eastern medical massage, Wendell Diamal encourages patients to explore noninvasive treatments for pain before considering replacing nerve pathways with strands of Christmas lights. He has served as physical therapist at the 2001 International Lifeguard Competition, the 27th Annual Mt. Dora Bicycle Festival, and the 2002 Volvo International Ocean Race.
The therapist at Alternapeutics specializes in relieving chronic pain and stress. Their massage sessions draw upon both Eastern and Western traditions to promote relaxation. The center places a special emphasis on sports medicine, with several treatments that target soreness and injuries to get athletes back on the field.