The opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics in London is under way today, also serving as inspiration for fans and supporters to maintain an active lifestyle.

But on the local scale, experts warn those who plan on picking up their exercise or sporting regime, in light of the Olympic Games, to not overdo physical exertion.

“We regularly see clients come in looking for a massage because they’ve overdone themselves,” said Janet Schwab, who co-owns Elements Therapeutic Massage with business partner Cami McNamara.

Also members of the Ahwatukee Foothills of Commerce, the pair offered a few tips for those planning on getting active during the Olympics.

Stretching well before activities or exercise is always important, and being careful in “what you’re taking on and what your body can handle” is also not to be forgotten.

Alternative and natural remedies for pain relief or exercise recovery have been looked at and studied more, according to Schwab.

Instead of opting for the bottle of pain relief pills, these alternatives like acupuncture, therapeutic massage, chiropractors, and herbal remedies are suggested.

“Massage is known to speed up muscle recovery after exercise,” Schwab said.

Its benefits also include release of toxins, increased circulation, and allows for flexibility and range of motion while doing activities, Schwab added.

“There are other alternative therapies for pain relief (from physical activity) and it’s all about educating the public,” Schwab said.

The Olympics in London begins today and will go through Aug. 12.

Elements Therapeutic Massage is located at 7131 W. Ray Road. For more information, visit or call (480) 219-9931.

• Diana Martinez is freelancing this summer for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Reach her at

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