About Natacha

Natacha Vidal – Co-Founder, Co-Owner, & Massage Therapist Now a Philadelphia local, Natacha is a French-Zambian who has lived in 6 countries on 3 continents. As both a licensed massage therapist and a french-licensed “masseur-kinésithérapeute” (physical therapy), she serves as the technical lead to our team of therapists and brings nearly 5 years of diverse global experience to her work. With her strong background in physical therapy and anatomy, Natacha is a massage therapist who is always looking to combine innovative and proven massage techniques to treat athletes as efficiently as possible.

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Shin Splints Or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

Shin splints are a common sports injury, especially amongst beginner runners or those starting a new high impact activity. Maybe you’ve had them at some point: it is a pain in the lower leg, along the inner part of the tibia. In spite of the fact that they are so common, there isn’t a clear […]

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Prenatal massage myths and facts

Even though we specialize in sports massage, and not prenatal massage, we get regular requests for prenatal massage by our members for themselves or their partners/spouses/friends. Various aches can lead a mother to seek prenatal massage, and regular sessions can be very beneficial for the mother and baby. However there is a lot of misinformation […]

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Interview with a competitive Race walker

Tina Peters grew up surrounded by runners and went to college on a track and field scholarship where she gained several titles.  Discovering her interesting background and training knowledge over several massage sessions, I asked Tina if she would be willing to share her experience with our members. Here are her answers.  Race walking is […]

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IT band syndrome or Why is my IT band sore and what can I do about it !?

Many athletes, especially endurance athletes, suffer from Ilio-Tibial Syndrome (ITBS). ITBS is an inflammation of the Ilio-Tibial band (ITB) at the knee, causing outer knee pain. The causes of ITBS can be varied but the treatment options are usually the same: massage, stretching and strengthening. What causes ITBS? The IT band is a fibrous band […]

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Should I Stretch Before Exercising?

Stretching has been common practice promoted for years by our coaches, personal trainers, fitness instructors, physical therapists, sports physicians, massage therapists… However, there is currently a lot of debate surrounding the benefits of stretching and the whole view of stretching is slowly shifting. Here is an update with some key questions. Should I stretch before […]

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Proper posture at the office desk (includes video on Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy)

Many of us spend hours a day seated: at the office desk, in the car, in front of the TV, … More often than not, this seated position is a slumped one that can lead to lower back pains, possible disk degeneration and hernias, as well as neck and shoulder pains [1], symptoms sometimes found […]

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What is a sports massage? Definition.

Sports massage is a large category that encompasses several other massage categories and concepts: 1) It encompasses any technique that the therapist knows and feels are necessary for a particular session, most of the time, those techniques are deep tissue and stretching. 2) It takes into consideration the phases of the athlete’s training (off-season, taper…). […]

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An overview of lower back pain

Although we specialize in athletic massage, many people, including athletes, come to our massage practice complaining of lower back pains. Indeed, it is estimated that 80% of people suffer from lower back pain at some point in their life [1]. The majority of these sufferers are between 30 and 59 years old, in their prime, […]

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The role of massages in the athlete’s life

Massage is a part of many professional athletes’ lives. Nowadays, even amateur sportspersons have access to certified sports massage therapists who offer their services in fitness centers, gymnasiums, and events such as marathons. This allows everyone to include massage in their fitness and wellness regimen. Indeed, exercising regularly increases the amount of Lactic Acid in […]

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