Jenna has been a Registered Massage Therapist with InMotion Health Centre since 2010 and she was a competitive synchronized swimmer for 8 years with the CBS Silhouettes synchronized swimming team. We asked Jenna about her involvement with swimming and the added health benefits of swimming, and here’s what she had to say.
Briefly, explain your swimming history and your past involvement.
I was a competitive synchronized swimmer for 8 years with the CBS Silhouettes synchronized swimming team, I joined the team when I was eight years old in 1996.
For those of you that are not familiar with the sport, synchronized swimming has elements of ice skating, gymnastics, and ballet. The routines take place in the pool with much of it being performed under water. Synchronized swimming is challenging as it requires endurance, flexibility, strength, and the ability to hold your breath for long periods of time.
What was it about swimming that you enjoyed the most?
I enjoyed the dynamics of working closely with a team; you and your teammates have to learn to move as one with choreographed movements in the water. It can be extremely challenging; synchronized swimming is a combination of advanced swimming skills, endurance, strength, flexibility, and precise timing. The swimmers train for years to make what we see them do in the water look effortless.
What are some of the key health benefits for swimming from your perspective as a Registered Massage Therapist?
Synchronized swimming is great for your health. Some of the key health benefits are:
- Lung Capacity – Synchronized swimming helps improve your lung capacity as you train to hold your breath while performing skills underwater.
- Cardiovascular – Swimming is great cardio exercise for optimal heart health.
- Joints – Swimming is a low impact sport and isn’t hard on your limbs and joints.
- Muscles – Synchronized swimming requires strength, stamina, endurance, and flexibility to propel yourself through and out of the water.
Do you have any encouraging words for individuals who may be nervous about starting swimming?
Swimming is accessible to anyone that lives near a pool and is an all-ages activity; it’s low impact, inexpensive, and only requires a bathing suit. In order to be a synchronized swimmer, you have to be a strong and confident swimmer; if you feel you are a confident swimmer in deep water, then try synchronized swimming as a sport or even get your children involved.
As a Registered Massage Therapist, do you feel swimming can be beneficial?
In my practice as a Registered Massage Therapist, I often encourage my patients to take up swimming as an extracurricular activity. As I mentioned previously, swimming is low impact for the joints, it is gentle on your muscles, and effective in building strength and flexibility which can all help decrease the likelihood of injury.
If you would like to book an appointment with Jenna for Massage Therapy please contact 745-5945. If you have any questions feel free to contact Jenna at firstname.lastname@example.org