Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Theracane: Say Bye-Bye to Sore Muscles and Stubborn Knots

The Theracane deep pressure massager is what I consider to be an incredibly effective and absolutely essential item to own.  If you like deep pressure massage in a pinpointed location, I highly, highly recommend making a small investment in this item. Its simple design is actually quite brilliant; the cane shape enables the user to apply deep pressure to their own aching muscles at any point on the body.  Its results are out of this world and it is by far one of the best tools I’ve ever owned!

I personally get frequent knots in my shoulders and this is something I have always tried to relieve.  I’ve lost count of the number of times I have stood against the protruding corner of a wall and used it to dig into my muscles.  I’ve asked friends to force their elbows into my back and I constantly, and almost habitually, attempt to self-massage my shoulders. 
Now, with the Theracane, I don’t have to do any of that!  It comes with an instruction manual that illustrates a variety of techniques that can be applied across the entire body.  With very minimal effort I am able to make the Theracane do the dirty work.  No more tired fingers, no more looking weird leaning into the wall in social settings and no more asking people that don’t know what they’re doing to prod into my precious muscles.

I am so impressed with this device that I remember the exact date, time and location that I first experienced it’s magic.  It was about 3 AM on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 and I had just returned to a friend’s house in Denver after seeing StS9 at Red Rocks for the second night in a row.  If you’ve raged Red Rocks before, you know it can be a very physically challenging experience. By the time I plopped down on my friend’s couch that fateful Sunday morning my muscles were absolutely drained.  But like an angel glimmering in the light, there was a Theracane resting next to the couch, so I decided to give it a try…

I don’t even know if “hooked” is the word that can describe what I was experiencing.  It was more like I was under a Theracane spell.  Before I knew it a half an hour had gone by and I was still sitting there caning myself, going on and on about how amazing it was.  I have thought about the Thercane, talked about the Theracane and wanted my own Theracane ever since that moment, and now, finally, three months later, I received one as a holiday gift!

I am thrilled with it.  I use it at morning and night, and I wish I could use it in the office at my desk all day.  The construction of the cane is very solid and as long as you don’t misplace it, there’s no reason it won’t last for your entire lifetime.  If you’re thinking about getting this item, DO IT! Your muscles will love you and stubborn knots that have been hanging around and not paying rent will hate you.  It also comes with my personal guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

Theracane Rules!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Why I moved to Denver

Summit County, CO
People always ask me why I moved to Denver, which I find to be kind of a funny question.  If you’ve never been here it’s certainly fair game, but for local inhabitants, I would think the answer is quite obvious!  I’ve done a wee bit of traveling in my day, and from what I’ve seen and for the person I am, Denver is thee best city I could have possibly chosen to move to.  My reasons for loving Denver are prolific, and each day here seems to be better than the last.  

Loveland Pass
Where should I even begin?  I reckon with my number one reason.  My number one reason for moving to Colorado is the mountains.  I love mountains.  I always have and I always will.  It’s the same reason I chose to spend a semester abroad in Switzerland.  Mountains move my soul!  They provide a grand spectacle, numerous challenges and endless adventurous opportunities.  I like to hike them, I like to drive over them, I like to snowboard down them, I like to photograph them, I like to stare at them, and I like to dream about them.  Mountains make me happy. It’s hard to be in a completely shitty mood when there is literally a purple mountain majesty staring you in the face. I need mountains in my life.


Another thing I need in my life that Denver has an abundance of is live music.  Denver is a haven for deadheads, bluegrass junkies and jam band phans.  There is electronic, rock, jazz, funk, jungle, dance, club, drum and bass, reggae…all types of live music options.  I had to laugh the other day when I found myself subconsciously referencing a Grateful Dead tune in regards to the Denver music scene…”The Music Never Stops.”  It’s true.  As soon as you finish one band’s two or three night run another one is announced.  We had StS9 and Furthur in September at Red Rocks, Phish in October, Lotus in November and Widespread Panic, Railroad Earth and StS9 in December.  Up and coming we have Disco Biscuits in January, Furthur and Umphrey’s Mcgee in February and a rumored String Cheese Incident Winter Carnival in March. And soon enough it will be festival season. None of this is to mention the multitude of other shows that go on not even every weekend, but every night.  I’ve been on live music overload ever since I got here, and I quite frankly wouldn’t have it any other way.  I stayed in one weekend since I started my office job and I found I was miserable that week.  I must get my dancing fixes in and I am damn happy to be getting that done here in Denver!
Furthur @ Red Rocks 09.26.10

Another huge, gigantic plus Denver has to offer is its embracement of medical marijuana.  Just this past weekend the Denver Convention Center hosted KushCon, the world’s largest “Cannabis Lifestyle Convention.”  According to an article in the Denver Post (re:http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16880347), Colorado is the hub of marijuana business.  “Colorado is light-years ahead of the rest of the world in how it regulates and taxes cannabis,” said the article.  It’s one thing to say that with proper credentials you can smoke medical marijuana in Colorado, but it’s another thing to see it.  I kid you not when I say that here in Denver there are literally medical marijuana stores on almost every block.  It quickly becomes run-of-the-mill to see big dispensary signs all over town.  If you’re interested in knowing more about the strains and going rates of the medical marijuana Colorado has to offer, you should take a peek at my friend Ryan’s medical marijuana review blog! www.theweedtour.com
Kushism @ Highlands, Denver
The inhabitants of Denver are also a big drawing point to the city for me.  Everyone I meet is pretty awesome, friendly and laid-back.  The city definitely attracts a great breed of people.  I don’t often meet inhabitants that are actually from Colorado, but I’ve never met anyone here that doesn’t like it. I find that things keep continuing to work out for me here.  Every time I feel down or worried about something it seems that I meet the right person or find the right situation.  I really have nothing to complain about!  When I think about the fact that I moved to Denver, 1,800 miles away from my home, in a “sink or swim” type situation, I am reminded of some words of wisdom by creativity guru Julia Cameron, “Leap, and a net will appear.”
Jefferson Park, Denver
A few other amazing things Denver has that really tickle my fancy are the following:  breakfast burritos, 14,000 foot peaks, 5-star ski resorts, red rocks, affordable rent, awesome venues, Grateful Dead bars, big blue skies, sunny days, gorgeous weather and incredible vibes.  The only thing I can think that Denver is missing is Kay Bee.  This city is calling that girl’s name. 
good morning, Denver!