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The Stick Makes a Perfect Gift!

8 Dec

Why does The Stick make a perfect gift?

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Here is why The Stick makes the perfect gift:

  1. Personalized – One size does not fit all!  Each person has a different body, therefore there are many different Sticks to meet each persons individualized needs.
  2. Easy to Use – The Stick comes with very easy instructions.  You do not need to go to the floor and you control 100% of the intensity.
  3. Keeps on Giving – The Stick does not wear out.  It is extremely durable and expertly made.
  4. Portable – The recipient of the great gift can take it anywhere!
  5. Prevention/Rehabilitation/Prediction/Identification – That’s right….when used often, The Stick can prevent, rehabilitate, predict and identify soft-tissue injuries.

Give the gift that keeps giving!!

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THE NEW HYBRID STICK!

14 Jul

The "Newest Stick"

Yes my friends….. a NEW STICK!!!

One of the most common questions I get from Stick users is “What is new with The Stick?”  My immediate answer is “Nothing….The Stick has been basically the same for 19 years.  The manufacturers of The Stick just don’t change what is not broken.  The Stick has lasted the test of time”.

Now don’t get me wrong, The TriggerWheel, FootWheel and PostureCurve are relatively new.  New models of  Sticks have come out and handles have been changed and improved but this time RPI of Atlanta has really outdone themselves.  The HYBRID STICK is awesome!

The wheel in the middle of the Stick allows for pinpoint accuracy that zeros in on trouble spots and trigger points.  Here is a video I created today!

 

 

Stay tuned for more on the HYBRID STICK!

Relieving Sore, Tired Legs with The Stick

6 Apr

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I knew that when we took our kids to Disneyland, we would all have sore, tired legs at the end of each day.  That is why we packed a massage stick before we left.  My wife loves the Marathon Stick, I like it too and it has the perfect flex for working on our kids legs.  Now you are probably wondering how one Stick can help 4 different people?   

It is easy, my wife prefers the Marathon Stick because she can flex the stick around her muscles.  The Marathon Stick has lots of flex, so it is gentle for our 6 year old twins.  I like a deeper massage, so I simply slide one of my hands up the spindles to make the Marathon Stick more stiff.  

Marathon Stick

 

 Once we returned back to our hotel room, we would all take turns rolling out our legs before we went to bed at night.  Not only did we sleep well, the kids did not wake up complaining that their legs hurt.  This meant my wife and I got more sleep and were able to deal better with the mayhem at Disney.  In addition, when we woke up for the next day(s), our legs were refreshed and ready to go!  

 Needless to say, we do not go anywhere with a Stick!  

 On a side note, we did forget to bring the FootWheel, which would have relieved our sore tired feet better than using The Stick.  

The FootWheel

Here is a picture of how to use The Stick on your feet.  Just raise it off the ground or leave it on the ground and roll your feet over your Stick.  

Rolling your feet out using The Stick.

You Gotta See This Great Video About The Stick

18 Feb

This video from Pirates of Fitness is excellent. 

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Comments About The Stick

14 Nov

Here is another blog post (with comments) that talk about The Stick.  The blog belongs to chicrunner!  Here is a little about her:

“I reside in a lovely beach town in Southern California. Running has become a passion of mine and I love to share life stories, running stories and pictures on my blog. I’m an ex high school cross-country/track/soccer player and ex coach for a small high school program where I coached track and cross country. That is how I fell back in love with racing and running. I recently became a college graduate and now I’m working, and loving it, in the advertising world as an account coordinator.”

Here is what her readers had to say about The Stick (Testimonials):

25 Responses to “The Stick…”

  1. *aron* said

    December 19, 2008 at 5:56 pm LOVE the stick… definitely a good present for runners

  2. With Love from New Orleans said

    December 19, 2008 at 6:00 pm Aww I am here if you need a gchat… feel better!!! It is Friday!! We ❤ you!!

    XO

  3. The Happy Runner said

    December 19, 2008 at 6:18 pm The stick is THE BEST! I love it.

  4. Julianne said

    December 19, 2008 at 6:32 pm I got the Stick for my brother in law last year for Xmas (he runs ultras and does Ironmans) and he LOVED it. I think I need one for myself!

  5. Denise said

    December 19, 2008 at 6:38 pm Love the stick! Another great idea!

  6. joyRuN said

    December 19, 2008 at 6:51 pm I should get the stick for the portability. It’s not like I can jump on the foam roller at work or in the car.

    Good luck with the drama. This time of year seems to heighten that

  7. Steve Stenzel said

    December 19, 2008 at 7:09 pm Yeah, I think I need to get a stick…

  8. Kelly said

    December 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm I’m not sure what that is… but I don’t think I like it.

  9. Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers said

    December 19, 2008 at 8:17 pm I hope things start looking up soon

  10. X-Country2 said

    December 19, 2008 at 9:10 pm I still have no idea what the stick even does, but I should probably get once since everyone else has one.

  11. Lacey Nicole said

    December 19, 2008 at 9:18 pm i have never tried this!!!! i think i might need it for my calves tho they are ROCKS and knots. i am going to look into it, thanks Danica!

    good luck getting things in order and running when/as much as you want to.

  12. P.O.M. said

    December 19, 2008 at 9:23 pm I’m hoping to get an 8 or 10er in this weekend. NOt sure if it will be Sat or Sun. Probaly tomorrow.

  13. The Running Knitter said

    December 19, 2008 at 9:42 pm Good luck on your long run this weekend. The stick is on my wishlist too!

  14. The Running Knitter said

    December 19, 2008 at 9:42 pm Good luck on your long run this weekend. The stick is on my wishlist too!

  15. Burger said

    December 19, 2008 at 10:05 pm Danica – hope whatever you’re dealing with works itself out. Keep up with the running though – it’s a great stress reliever!

    And it’s well-documented that I swear by The Stick. Every runner should get one!

  16. Stuart said

    December 19, 2008 at 10:22 pm Not sure I could ever look THAT happy, maybe he fell asleep with a coathanger in his mouth?

    But yes the stick is very good!

  17. D10 said

    December 20, 2008 at 12:15 am I really enjoy the stick. It is a great gift.

  18. chia said

    December 20, 2008 at 7:56 am Funny story actually…

    When I went to the almighty Mecca of running (a.k.a. “The Running Store”) the dude was like “ya, the stick works”

    I’m like “I’m getting this pain in my arse when I run, do you think it will work that out?”

    His response? “You might want to get a bigger stick if you’re using that on your butt”

    I think that brotha called me fat.

    Not quite sure.

    But yep.

    You’ll love it.

  19. N.D. said

    December 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm I got the stick last year for christmas. It is nice, but I like hand massages by the husband better!

  20. Laurel said

    December 21, 2008 at 4:44 am The stick is awesome on the calves.

  21. Adam said

    December 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm How does everyone actually use the stick? I’ve seen it at a lot of expos and it looks sort of gimicky.

  22. Adam said

    December 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm How does everyone actually use the stick? I’ve seen it at a lot of expos and it looks sort of gimicky.

  23. Tri-ing Fat Man said

    December 21, 2008 at 11:06 pm I LOVE the stick.

    Combine the stick with trigger point and you will be in heaven!

    Kick butt!

  24. Tri-ing Fat Man said

    December 21, 2008 at 11:06 pm I LOVE the stick.

    Combine the stick with trigger point and you will be in heaven!

    Kick butt!

  25. Bring it on. said

    January 31, 2009 at 9:48 am I finally bought the stick last week at the Miami Marathon after seeing them at tons of expos. I really like it! i just wish i had a full time stick person so i didn’t have to do it!

Her are some other posts you may like:

Everyone Should Have a Massage Stick Called “The Stick”!

13 Sep

When I say that “Everyone Should Have a Massage Stick”, I am speaking of The Stick.

Original Body Stick

Original Body Stick

I am not speaking of any other type of a massage stick  that is out there, because I am not sure about them.  What I am sure about is how effective The Stick is on sore, tired muscles.  The Stick is the original patented device created to massage muscles. 

Here is an exert that RPI of Atlanta created to help explain what The Stick is:

“Intracell Technology™ is founded on solid, scientific evidence in muscle physiology. It employs a sophistication that attracts progressive practitioners, top level athletes, performing artists and individuals who aspire to gain and retain peak physical performance. 

Intracell Technology™ employs the use of a patented, proven, therapeutic muscle device that will improve the quality and quantity of bodily motion at work, at play, and at home. The instrument is trademarked the INTRACELL® in the healthcare community and The Stick® in all other markets.”

 It really does not matter who you are or what you do.  We all experience muscle stiffness and or pain at some point in our lives.  The Stick:

  • Improves Strength
  • Increases Flexibility
  • Extends Endurance
  • Accelerates Recovery Time
  • Reduces Muscle Soreness, Stiffness & Pain
  • Prepares Muscle for Rigors of Activity
  • Flushes Muscle from Rigors of Activity

Most of all The Stick INCREASES CIRCULATION!!!  By having good circulation throughout your body, your muscles can perform to their potential while being efficient at daily tasks.  Good circulation means your tissues are getting the needed oxygen and blood supply.  Without proper circulation, limbs can feel weak and cold.

For these simple reasons above, I recommend that everyone should have a Stick in their home or workplace to roll their way to healthy, happy muscles. There is nothing worse than being stiff and sore!!

The Stick is incredibly easy to use.  It takes up no room at all and best of all, you probably won’t need another one for a very long time!!

This Guy Is Addicted To The Massage Stick Called “The Stick”.

3 Aug
Fantastic site to visit!

Fantastic site to visit!

I can’t help but post “Joe Biker’s” explanation why he is addicted to using The Stick.  He is simply hilarious!!!!

Here is the first paragraph: (his analogies are brilliant)

  • “You want a terrorist to talk, give him a spirited rubdown with one of these massage sticks.  I bought one of these over the weekend at the expo for Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon.  Gitmo officials listen up.  Trust me.  Put away the water boarding bucket and blindfold.  Get yourself a massage table (with hand and foot restraints if you feel so inclined) and one of these puppies.  Then go gather up the worst of the worst for a sensual massage.  No doubt you’ll have Osama’s home address and an invitation to a cave dinner party within twenty deep strokes of the right calf muscle.”

Joe Biker finishes his post with:

  • “However, you have to respect the stick and its allure.  Even after a day or two, you’ll start using it all over your body, contorting yourself like a yoga master to get ever little hitch out of your muscular system.  You’ll leave it on the sofa and give yourself a rub down during 30 Rock commercial breaks.  Then the first warning sign will appear.  You’ll consider buying another, so you can have one at work.  After that it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be in a 12 step program for those with stick addiction.”

Check out the entire post here – http://thebestbikeblogever.blogspot.com/2009/05/addicted-to-massage-stick-torture.html

 

The Stick and Recovery

8 Jul

I always love to hear how people are using The Stick!  I actually search for people who use this muscle device and see how they apply it to their daily routines.

Many people refer to The Stick as a muscle massager, massage stick or muscle stick.  Whatever you like to call it, The Stick works!

I just found a guy named Tim Hull.  He calls himself and his website TheStrengthDoctor.com.  Here is his bio:

“My Name is Tim Hull. I have worked in the health and fitness field in various ways for over 15 years. I have licenses in Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy.  Currently I work in a Physical Therapy outpatient clinic in Ohio working with a variety of patients. Also working on some exciting projects to be announced soon!

My passion is developing workouts that offer variety, fun, are challenging, and most of all are effective. I love to share my knowledge of training and rehabilitation, so that others may benefit and improve their health. ”

On Tim’s blog, he wrote:

Recovery With Massage Stick

There is a growing movement of people using foam rollers to prepare the muscles for exercise and recover from their workouts. Though rollers do a good job, prefer to use “The Stick”.

I feel that The Stick works better for me and is not as awkward as foam rollers.

Go –here– for the whole article!

He really has some good stuff on his site!!

 

 

Choosing The Right Massage Stick

19 Apr

This post is a follow- up from a post I created called “The Different Stick Models“.  In that post on Jan 31, 2008, I created a video that explained the different models according to length and flexibility.  A gentlemen by the name of Van wrote a comment saying “Could you make a video helping folks to choose “which” model to buy? This is a great video which shows all the different models, but I’m still confused by ‘which’ model I should buy. For example, provide comparisons on the sprinter model versus the marathon model, compare the body to the stiff stick, etc, to help people choose the right stick for them.”

I will create a video, but let’s first get the basics down first.  We need to keep in mind that body types, height, weight and muscle density vary from person to person.  That is why there are so many different models. 

When I speak of muscle density, I am referring to how heavily an individual is muscled.  For example, do they have the body of The Incredible Hulk or they built like a long and lean Marathon Runner?

Categorized by muscle density: (Note: Sticks are listed from shortest to longest)

  • Heavy, dense muscle = Sprinter Stick, Stiff Stick, Big Stick
  • Medium, average muscle = Travel Stick, Original Body Stick, Power Stick
  • Light, lean muscle = Marathon Stick, Flex Stick

Let’s now explore the rigidity of The Stick.  Basically, every Stick has the same components; handles, spindles and a core.  The core is what makes The Stick stiff or flexible.  The term “standard” refers to a Stick that has a medium flex to it.  A stiffer Stick will give a deeper massage with little effort.  Think of a wooden spoon compared to a plastic spatula.  The wooden spoon offers very little flexibility, where as the spatula can contour to the substance (muscle) a little easier. 

Categorized by rigidity: (Note: Sticks are listed from shortest to longest)

  • Stiff Models- Sprinter Stick, Stiff Stick, Big Stick
  • Standard Models – Travel Stick, Original Body Stick, Power Stick
  • Flexible Models- Marathon Stick, Flex Stick

Note:  Any Stick can be made more stiff my sliding one of your hands onto the spindles (choking up)!

Now we will categorize by the length of The Stick.  The longer models are made for taller individuals.  A longer model also allows for greater ease of movement for working on back muscles.  The longest models are meant for people over 6’2″.

Categorized by length: (Note: Sticks are listed from flexible to stiff)

  • Long Models – Flex Stick, Power Stick, Big Stick
  • Medium Models – Original Body Stick, Stiff Stick
  • Short Models – Marathon Stick, Travel Stick, Sprinter Stick

Here is a comparison chart:

Short Models Rigidity Common Usage Addition Info.
Marathon Stick Flexible Lean muscles Adults,Children,Seniors
Travel Stick Standard Average muscles Great for travelling
Sprinter Stick Stiff Heavy muscles Short and stiff
       
Medium Models Rigidity Common Usage Addition Info.
Original Body Stick Standard Average muscles, full body Very versatile
Stiff Stick Stiff Heavy muscles, full body Stiff and powerful
       
Long Models Rigidity Common Usage Addition Info.
Flex Stick Flexible Lean muscles, full body Tall people
Power Stick Standard Average muscles, full body Tall people
Big Stick Stiff Heavy muscles, full body Tall people

I hope this helps!!  To say the least, it is The Original Body Stick that can easily meet the needs of the average person.

Original Body Stick

Original Body Stick

Please feel free to contact me @ www.thestick.ca or leave a comment below.

What People Say About “The Stick”

14 Apr

I find that testimonials from real people are one of the best ways to review and research a product.  I have been doing a lot of reading about researching products and one of the best ways is to visit forums and blogs.

I found one about The Stick a few months back on the MapMyRun website.  Some comments were:

  • “My son has used one for a couple years. It was recommended by his physical therapist when he was recovering from a IT band injury during his junior year of cross-country. He bought his from http://www.thestick.com and still uses it, although he is no longer running. “

 

  •   “I have been very happy with this purchase.  I had IT pain, and lots of tiredness/soreness on the anterior muscles of the lower leg while training for an ultra.  It was a fantastic way to get the blood flowing in those areas and provide therapeutic massage.  I cannot say for sure, but I feel that it helped me avoid injury during higher mileage weeks. “

 

  • “I purchased one several years ago on the advice of a personal trainer. I love it! It was definitely the best running investment I made. I had intense knee pain due to ITB tightness. When I use it after runs consistently, I never have a problem. Mine has lasted at least 5 years and has kept my ITB very happy. I recommend it to all runners, as it is relatively inexpensive and can be used for a variety of stretching and massaging moves. “

You can find all the testimonials- here

I also have been creating a testimonials page on the Zealous Vitality Website.  It is comprised of  people who I know except for the professional sport testimonials.  I don’t claim that I have spoken to people like:

Phil Jackson, Head Coach – LA Lakers

Bob Anderson, Author of Bestseller…Stretching

Norm Miller, Strength coach – Olympic Bobsled Team

You might also want to check out one of my earlier posts – “Does Anyone Use Those Massage Sticks?”

If you have a testimonial about The Stick or anything on this blog, please feel free to make a comment.

 

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