AN Homage woman who is assisting a few of Ulster’s leading GAA gamer prepare and recover for the Championship has her son’s illness to thank for her change in career direction. Marissa Bernanke opened her own Sports and Holistic Therapy Clinic in Caricature in March, and integrates this with dealing with numerous GAA clubs and taking care of her now 21-year-old kid Stefan. ” Where I’m at today has all come from Stefan. He’s my inspiration and reason for accomplishing,” states the happy mom. Detected with autism and a serious learning impairment at the age of 3 and being told “he would never fulfill any turning points”, Marissa gave up her task in the caring occupation to address Stefan’s needs dealing with using visual cues for communication and developing his mobility.
In 2006 Stefan won his All-Medal in the Special Olympics, running in the 800 meters. However, a couple of months later he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which ended his running. He later on developed epilepsy. Stefan initially benefited from the calming advantages of deep massage, he was uneasy with the therapists who would alleviate him so, in attempting to assist him, Marissa registered on a night class on aromatherapy. ” I had to do it as we got to a point where Stefan wouldn’t let anybody else touch him,” she says. Marissa unfortunately lost her sister Carnation to bowel cancer at the age of 31. A county Camoens gamer, before her death Carnation had a desire to get genetic cancer testing, to benefit other members of her household. As Marissa and some her siblings and siblings being identified as providers of the genetic cancer gene, when Stefan was evaluated it was found he was born with an uncommon chromosome condition.
” I always understood deep down that as well as the learning impairment there was something more clinically happening with him. Sadly, it took Carnation to pass away to get that appropriate diagnosis,” Marissa states. As well as life-saving medication, Stefan has actually gained from the different massages and complementary treatments his mother offers him daily. ” His mobility has enhanced, as has his general well being and kind. Because he is taking a great deal of medication, his body requires detox and massage is excellent for the lymphatic system. And the deep pressure helps keep him grounded,” explains Marissa. Realizing the progress Stefan was making, Marissa continued with further courses in reflexology and Indian head massage. With a long-lasting enthusiasm for Gaelic sports and with many nieces and nephews involved in the video game, she was persuaded to literally turn her hand to sports massage and is presently finishing a degree course in Applied Science in Holistic and Integrative Therapies with Ulster University.
With the increased awareness of player burnout and the need for players and coaches to be aware of injury prevention, GAA players and clubs are progressively seeking to sports massage and holistic treatment to complement their physio therapists. Whether hurt or on top of their game, sports massage plays an essential role in the life of any sportsperson or woman. It can help maintain the body in better condition, prevent injuries and loss of movement, treatment and restore movement to hurt muscle tissue, increase performance and extend the general life of a sporting career.
Tamers can also benefit psychologically in being relaxing, lowering anxiety levels and if is done with vigorous motions, such as what would be done before an occasion, then this can have an invigorating and encouraging effect. As working with numerous club teams in Ulster, through a continuous placement with the University of Ulster Personage GAA team at Jordanian Marissa has worked on numerous county players including: Montanan’s Kieran Hughes and Airing Begin; Cavan’s Lillian Clarke and Michael Argo; Donegal’s Patrick Circularity and Ryan Chug and Tyrone’s Matthew and Richard Donnelly. Marissa admits that her nephew, Tryone and Clonoe GAA star Connor McAliskey, has actually been her “guinea pig” throughout her training. ” Seeing his body modification over the previous four years has been amazing and I need to provide credit to the both the fitness instructors and the players who take ownership of their bodies in their pursuit of quality.” In her clinic Marissa provides a number of treatments, lots of consisting of the word ‘booster’ in their title. These include: super booster aromatherapy salt scrub and massage; mega booster sports and healing massage; sports deep tissue detox salt scrub and renewed energy massage and the intriguingly entitled deep tissue boom massage.
” I would have various gamer come to me for their treatments before a big game. I’ve simply had so much favorable feedback from the players that it has encouraged me to keep developing my various treatments to provide their entire body and mind an increase. By combining a scrub and deep massage with reflexology you are preparing them psychologically along with getting the body into shape.” Along with sports stars, Marissa deals with customers from all walks of life for back pain to wellness. She is likewise extremely passionate about the benefits of treating individuals with learning disabilities and unique requirements.