I went to see Majo the day before the 2016 Nimby Fifty (it's a very technical and strenuous XC mountain bike race), for what can only be described as a generous hour of treatment. After years spent hunched over handlebars and a lot of neglect of my part, "stiff" is an understatement.
The increased range of motion after the session came in very handy the next day; however, I think my biggest improvements have come with the breathing exercises Majo gave me for homework. I had know idea I was so bad with that before!
Alex Capon Team Whistler XC MTB and road cycling amateur racer
I met with Majo in early summer 2013 seeking never again to have to suffer through as much back pain as I had during the 2012-13 ski season. I recall numerous physiotherapy visits to relieve acute pain and missed days of teaching and skiing, and how painful simply walking after a day of skiing could be (despite ample après-ski doses of ‘vitamin ale’).
Majo’s findings and remedial exercises from our first session were right on target. After assessing my range of motion and strength in various muscles, Majo designed an exercise program that over the course of a few weeks retrained specific movements, with two positive outcomes: muscles that hadn’t been firing properly started to contribute strength, and the potential for pain dropped dramatically.
My road cycling performance over the next few weeks increased markedly as previously dormant muscles began to contribute, and I felt a lot less post-ride pain than usual. Very positive for cycling, but what about skiing? Closer to the ski season Majo designed a customized ski-fit program that considered my back-related issues, and that I could do anywhere without specialized equipment. This program set me up for a strong start to the ski season, and I was pleasantly surprised at how I could ski non-stop runs from the earliest days of the season, something that usually happens a few weeks in. Throughout the winter I taught and skied a lot on hill for at least 6 days per week. Although I still had back issues, they remedied quickly and left me with much less discomfort than I experienced prior to Majo’s help.
My cycling has also advanced, having again incorporated a new round of Majo’s guidance through a second summer. The evidence: in the Whistler GranFondo 2014, I rode my age (that’s a golf analogy) finishing 63rd overall and posting the fastest time in the Men 60-69 category – truly exceeding all of my expectations.
Ken Chaddock Retired Professional Engineer, Ski Instructor, Cycling Enthusiast, Author of Ski Well Simply
The experiences I have had with Fascial Stretch Therapy have been positive. The most notable example that I can give was during the Kelowna Grand Fondo. My left knee was aching during the ride, and at the Vernon aid station Majo was set up with her table. Majo stretched my left leg only and did not really do much to the right. After restarting the ride back to Kelowna, there was a very noticeable difference in the tiredness and soreness of the quads, hamstrings and calves of both legs. The left leg felt refreshed and ready to go again, while the right took a while to "wake up" again after the stop. The knee was still a bit sore, but definitely better than before, without the muscles pulling on the patella. I recommend giving this method a try and I hope that you have the same results I did.
Ian Crosthwaite Olympic & XTerra Triathlete, Enduro MTB racer, Balance Point Racing High Performance Team
Majo is a knowledgeable practitioner who is passionate about her work! Her stretching sessions are amazing and after my first session with her, I had more flexibility and muscle movement. She is definitely your physical intelligence expert!
Monica Nelson Speech Therapist, Cat 2 Cyclist, Enduro MTB racer, Balance Point Racing High Performance Team
Majo has played a key role in the development and improvement of the strength and flexibility of the Balance Point Racing High Performance team. Her infectious enthusiasm for her work shows through in her group sessions, as well as her one on one therapy sessions. She demonstrates a strong understanding of a variety of therapies that help aid in both preparation for endurance events and recovery from injury.
Dr Andrew Sellars GP, Ironman & XTerra Triathlete, Enduro MTB Racer, Balance Point Racing High Performance Team, Head Coach & Founder
When I received my first stretch session from Majo, I was super impressed! I was surprised the next day that I was not sore, like I sometimes get if I go to yoga, or stretch really hard. Although I did not feel like I had a huge increase in flexibility over the next few days, I felt immediately that there was less tension in my hips which I've tried to achieve on my own for years! Particularly when standing for a long time while at the hospital, my lower back felt relaxed, rather than tense and sore like usual. I am thinking this may be a result of the hip flexor stretch. I couldn’t wait at that point to see what Majo could achieve over several sessions!
Peter Watson B.Sc. Nursing, Enduro MTB racer, Balance Point Racing High Performance Team
Majo has been a tremendous help to me in many ways over the last few years, specifically when I was training for my second half marathon. I really wanted to improve my time and general fitness. Majo met with me several times to monitor my nutrition, measure my percentage of body fat and analyse my progress so she could adapt my program in consequence. She put me in touch with Balance Point Racing for testing my Lactate Balance Point and getting a second opinion on my running program. She made me a set of amazing core stability & strength routines and also provided me with a cardio training schedule to combine. I noticed excellent improvements and in the end was able to shave off 12 minutes from my previous time, which was awesome. Not to mention I was physically and mentally much stronger. I couldn’t have done it without her! I have also experienced Majo’s expertise in various assisted stretching methods, myofascial release and soft tissue release techniques that I have found greatly beneficial. I have been to massage therapy many times, but I felt more of a release with the combination of techniques that Majo uses. There seems to be a deeper release than just the muscle and it really did make a great difference. I would recommend anyone with body aches or pain to try Majo' services. You won’t regret it as she will find a way that works for you.
Sara Howard Undergraduate Nursing Student, Half Marathoner
I raced in Europe for a long time and learned all there was to know about optimal health and general strength as an elite mountain biker. At least that was what I thought until I met Majorie Lauzon. Her passion for facilitating optimal performance in athletes of all sports is only matched by her talent for discovering relationships between over and under-working muscles and her knowledge in correcting such imbalances.
Whether you are a pro athlete or an aspiring weekend warrior, go see Majo, because she will match your work ethic with her knowledge = optimal performance!
Petra Tlamkova Elite MTB and Road Cyclist, M.Ed., Health Food Enthusiast
In working with our high performance team to 2 seasons, the work that Majo conducts is vital to the consistent improvements our team has made in their individual pursuits. Triathletes, cyclists and runners alike are stronger, healthier and able to achieve consistent training volume throughout the year due to her hard work. From functional assessments, strength routines and Fascial Stretch Therapy, Majo has the goods at ensuring everyone is firing on all cylinders.
Chris Willett Long Course Triathlete, Ultra Runner, Enduro MTB racer, Balance Point Racing High Performance Team & Head Coach
Having just turned 60, I find myself reflecting on all the aches and pains that come along with living a very active life. I have been racing mountain and road bikes pretty aggressively for quite some time and Majo has given me treatments and exercise homework that keeps me on the bike and at the front end of many races. Her expertise has kept, and continues to keep me going for a lot longer than otherwise possible. She is excellent at what she does, tailors treatments to help anyone lead an active, pain free life.
Tony Routley Master road and Mtb Cyclist, Director Team Whistler Cycling, Father, Mentor, Personal Cycling Training Coach
Majorie's skills as a kinesiologist and stretch therapist go beyond her immense knowledge of the body, its injuries and stretching as a means of recovery. You will appreciate her gentle approach and attention to your needs. I have had several treatments from Majorie for both post-race recovery and nagging injuries. I can honestly say that I can feel the difference almost immediately after every treatment. There is absolutely no way you could ever perform any of these stretches successfully on your own. Her treatments are magic! I never hesitate to recommend friends and clients to Majorie.
Cindy Garvin Personal Trainer, XTerra Triathlete, Enduro MTB Racer, Balance Point Racing Team
Over the last 6 weeks I finally committed to a program of Fascial Release Therapy with Majo, after having originally signed up a few months ago. I have to admit with my work schedule, being a single dad and doing as much training as I can, taking at least three hours out of my day to travel up to Vernon seems like a big ask. Now after having made the effort, I can answer that it is worth SO MUCH MORE!
With a history of injuries, some from overuse and some from impact (yes, I'm clumsy, I keep falling down and bumping into things...), my body needs a pretty focused attention to keep performing as I would like it to. The therapy, and self-treatment plus strengthening routines that Majo has provided and educated me in over this time have been priceless. I have come away with a much better appreciation of how to move toward a more optimum level.
As an example, last week I endured my longest run in 5 months after managing plantar fasciitis issues. I unavoidably finished the last 2 km with about a 8-9% grade back to my house (don't ask: running home) when halfway up the hill my ITB started going crazy. Fortunately for me I had a Majo session booked the next day, and despite limping in I walked out almost normally, not just feeling better but armed with a set of specific exercises to stretch and strengthen my weak links. I was able to train without restriction for the rest of the weekend.
And now she is gone!!!!!!!!!!! Our Okanagan loss is a Whistlers gain! Come back soon Majo!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ever since I broke my transverse process on my L3 of my spine, back in 2000, I've had to battle lower back problems. I've been to physio, massage and chiro, but nobody has been able to fix me up better than Majo! For all of your chronic aches and pains I highly recommend seeing Majo: she will get you back on track.
Mike Boehm Team Whistler XC MTB amateur racer
I went to Majo for my tight quads, hamstrings, and neck, which were affecting me in swimming and cycling. After two visits, my muscles are way more relaxed, and I can swim pain free! Fantastic results! I used to deal with shoulder pain all the time. My posture has improved, which makes sitting through class lectures much easier. I highly recommend Kinesio Majo's services to any serious athlete, whether it be for preventative or recuperative treatment.
Peter O’Brien B.Sc. Computer Science Student, Competitive Triathlete, Road Cyclist, Balance Point Racing High Performance Team
I've been racing cross-country mountain bikes recreationally for many years. After breaking three ribs in the Ore Crusher race in Squamish this spring, I went to see Majo. She worked on me to release the muscles in the sore area and I left my treatment feeling way better. Majo also gave me some exercises as homework to help me with my core. All this helped me to heal quickly, getting me back in top race form where I went on to complete 21 more races over the season, resulting in two podiums in the NW Epic Series in Washington. Majo is energetic, enthusiastic and her love for her work shows the second you meet her.
Rob Phoenix Team Whistler XC MTB amateur racer
Ten years of elite racing in ultra-endurance competitions and three years of pushing through chronic Achilles tendonitis issue has recently forced a full step back from running until I return to health and pain free movement. In order to get through the Leadville 100 mile ultra marathon this past August 2012, I was fortunate to come across the services offered by Majorie Lauzon. I believe weekly combined treatments of Myofascial Release (MFR), Soft Tissue Release (STR) and Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST™) have contributed to improvements in both overall flexibility and the decrease in acute pain at the Achilles attachment site.
Like many athletes, I lack good range of movement and have extremely tight muscles. I've changed my movement patterns to compensate for the inability to move properly and continued to worsen things when I didn't stop running when I initially hurt my Achilles. I feel as though my entire body from my feet up, even through the chest area, is locked up, stiff, inflexible, as I've struggled to keep training and racing.
Up until that race in August, I was in "maintenance" mode as Majo worked to just keep me moving. I had instant pain relief from the treatments she was giving me. As such, I would feel better and have some point specific Achilles relief so what would I go and do? Run. And this would return me to square one, aggravating my Achilles, making it sore and painful to walk and stiff to get out of bed in the morning. It was a cyclical pattern due to my own personal drive to run and not rest.
I feel that one of the most effective aspects of the therapy has been the MFR and STR. It has been great for releasing the tight muscles and fascia around my calves and hence, providing relief to the Achilles, but I understand the release come a lot from addressing the body as a whole as FST™ as done so well, lengthening all parts of my body interconnecting together. I always feel great directly after receiving the combination of treatments and again the following day. The pain would return though during or after my training sessions. With regular treatments, I can comment to the fact that I was able to get through some of my longer training runs up to approximately the 2 hour mark, before the Achilles pain would really set in, as of before starting the treatments the pain would occur right at the start.
I am on rest now and am not training or racing until I am pain free. With continued MFR, STR and FST™ treatments, I believe my forward progress toward healthy Achilles tendons will be much faster.
Jen Segger Jen Segger, Professional Endurance Athlete, Founder of Challenge by Choice Performance Coaching
As a recreational road biker, Majo made a big first impression on me as she provided me with the level of professionalism and attention to detail as if I was one of her high performance athletes.
Since Majo started working with me, she customized a program to increase my overall physical performance by getting to know in detail how my body's muscles were working (or not). She physically worked out with me to show me firsthand the proper way to execute the specific exercises intended to make my body stronger.
Majo's owns expertise as a performance athlete herself prompt me to give my best effort at my own level.
Also, she provided me with the confidence that working together, I would be able to reach the increased level of performance that I was hoping for.
Along with my athletic conditioning customized program, came the "magical" FST, NKT and MFR sessions where Majo really surprised me with her abilities and vast knowledge of the mechanics of the human body; "fascia", "neuro-connectivity" became familiar terms in my life.
During those sessions, my admiration for Majo's commitment and professionalism grew stronger, I will always appreciate the time and patience Majo showed in every session to explain me the details of the issues that affected me and the rationale behind her corrective therapy plan, I really enjoy the interactive way when working with her, I was taking an active part in my own improvement, which translated into better results.
When the biking season finally arrived, the outcome of all of our athletic conditioning and therapy sessions has been one of the most rewarding and awesome experiences in my life, my body felt so different when riding the same roads where I had struggled in previous years.
Another huge plus in working with Majo is not only the significant performance improvement, but also, I have experienced no pains or danger of developing a sport related injury.
This biking season has provided me with an increased passion for cycling.
Thanks to Majo I am now aware how my body works more efficiently, the proper before, after and in between rides and workouts that, combined with Majo's recovery sessions, allow me to continue riding strong throughout the whole season, such a great feeling to finally be able to keep up with my experienced biking buddies.
Now, I have new aspirations for next season and look forward to work again with Majo keeping my body strong, free of injuries and pain.
One more added value in working with Majo is the fact that she's so much fun to work with, she is always happy and full of positive energy, she enjoys my success as much as if it's her own.
Overall, I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to cross paths with Majo, she has provided me with a lot more than I had expected or even dreamed of regarding my body's physical capability and potential for improvement.
Elizabeth Rogerson Elizabeth Rogerson, Accountant, Recreational Road Cyclist
Majo's Fascial Release hands on techniques including NeuroKineticTherapy®, Soft Tissue Release, and Fascial Stretch Therapy™ have been an integral part of both my training and recovery as a high-performance athlete. Her expertise has been crucial for my recovery from heavy training loads as well as increasing mobility and maintaining joint health.
Majo is highly skilled and a very intuitive practitioner. She has the perfect touch and the right personalized solution to any muscular or fascial issue.
Old injuries that have haunted me for years are all but gone. Under Majo's watchful eye the constant stress of full time training has had no negative effect on my muscle flexibility or joint capacity. As a matter of fact, I now have increased range of motion in my shoulders -– even better than before a torn rotator cuff! She has also performed wonders on my notoriously tight hips that no longer give me issues.
Having Majo's expertise as part of my regular training regime has been absolutely invaluable! I would definitely recommend her as an integral physical therapy expert to any high-performance sports team or wellness and recovery program.
West Sharkey West Sharkey, Olympian aspirant, SHARKEYSKELETON.com
Thank you Super Majo for your knowledge and comprehensive support with my radial ulnar fracture rehab! I can't believe how much range of motion you were able to restore in just a single session!! I am now feeling much more hopeful about my 2013 race season!!!!!
Jennifer Schulz Psychologist, Enduro MTB Racer, Cat 1-2 Cyclist, Balance Point Racing High Performance Team Member
Majo's involvement with the Balance Point Racing Team has raised the level of awareness of certain aspects of endurance sports that are often ignored; namely core strength training and active recovery training. Majo's unique perspectives on core training along with her background in Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) have set the Balance Point Racing High Performance Team up for continued success for the future. Majo's core training techniques and post work out FST treatments has become a training mainstay of many of the Balance Point Racing High Performance Team members. Majo challenges all athletes to strive for athletic excellence and provides the tools to help achieve and surpass all of their athletic goals.
Simon Craig Cat 1 Cyclist, Ironman Triathlete, Balance Point Racing High Performance Team
For years, I have been in love with the liveliness, the challenges and the illustration of growth in all sports. Recently, I have taken a special and competitive interest in the sport of mountain biking. Biking is an absolute full body experience and requires a dynamic fitness of endurance, core strength and balance.
I first met Majo at a cross country mountain bike race in Squamish. She was providing athletes with fascial manipulations and stretching releases post racing. Before long, I followed up with Majo in her office. It was noticeable that she is a very knowledgeable and well rounded sports therapist. After a thorough assessment of my 'tight' and sometimes painful lower back area, Majo equipped me with a very individualized stretching routine in addition to some soft tissue release exercises that I could perform on my own using a physio ball.
I really appreciate how Majo values the importance of education with her clients. She also helps remind us that it's not only about being fast, it's about staying healthy and strong so you can continue to meet your athletic goals head on with the confidence of knowing how your body performs.
Wether you are recovering from an injury or simply want to be fit and strong to play, Majo is committed to getting you there!
Leah Trudeau Registered Nurse, Team Whistler XC MTB Elite racer
I would have never made it to the Tour of Alberta 2013 start line if it wasn't for the mid-season intervention that turned around my dismal spring when I visited Majo for the first time on July 1st. Since then I've been able to regain my strength and complete a 4 week block of training in August that would have seemed impossible had I reviewed the training plan as my previous self. It was an incredible transformation.
Thanks for all Majo!
Ben Chaddock Professional cyclist, 2012 Canadian National Criterium Champion, B.A. Environmental Economic, Founder of Cycling in a Toque
I am a middle aged mother always trying to stay strong, fit and balanced! My fitness goal was to become fitter and recover from sport injuries. I attended several of Majo’s fitness programs such as total body resistance workouts, alpine ski preparation circuit trainings and outdoor sport conditioning sessions. Her classes never got boring; she frequently added different exercises to the routine with good results! Majo also developed a specific fitness program for my son to help him through a difficult period due to a skiing injury. His goal was to ski without pain and Majo’s programs assisted him to get healthier and stronger in combination with other physical treatments.
Majo continually inspires you to improve, shows you how to do an exercise properly, fine tunes your movement, is a lot of fun, is very knowledgeable, and has a lot of experience.
Jan F. Jan F., Half Marathoner, road cyclist
One unique thing about Majo that separates her from other practitioners is that she can help stop injuries from ever happening in the first place. While there are plenty of professionals out there to help you with rehab, Majo also does preventative maintenance. Through a series of assessments, releases and muscle retraining exercises, Majo will help you become a stronger, balanced and more functional athlete.
Not only does this make it less likely that you will get injured when something goes wrong, but you will see the added benefit of power gains. Through the correct, balanced recruitment of the muscles needed for optimal performance, doing your Majo homework will help you get faster!
Chloe Cross Team Whistler XC MTB Elite racer
I get lost in the vocabulary with MFR, AIS, FST... but I know it works. Majo is able to feel muscle tightness, but also fascial adhesions, joint capsule restriction, and use multiple techniques to return range of motion for my athletic goals. Majo has helped me in recover from sport specific imbalance of strength, and years of chronic injury to feet and ankles. I had a blast attending her core strength & joint mobility classes, and have been so happy with her hands-on therapeutic work. As a coach and endurance athlete, I have recommended her to my clients with confidence.
Virginia Sellars Speech Therapist, Ironman & XTerra Triathlete, Ultra Distance Trail Runner, Balance Point Racing High Performance Team & Coach
I am so excited to have Majo on my team to help me achieve my goals this year. After the very first appointment with her I felt relief from my tight muscles and I now have a plan for making my strength and range of motion even better, then it has ever been. Majo will be an invaluable part of my Ironman journey this year! Thanks Majo!!
Luke Way Half Ironman, Ironman & XTerra Triathlete, Enduro MTB Racer, Balance Point Racing High Performance Team & Assistant Coach
Since 2009 I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to be a faster cross country mountain bike racer. There are many aspects to becoming faster but having good range of motion, balanced power and correct muscle activation is something that for many goes untreated. As soon as I saw Majo I knew that I had some work to do and that meant I could expect to see gains in power: I have! Majo is a true professional who looks at the body in a different way. It is never a band aid solution. Majo looks for the root cause of a problem from a symptom. I used to have more traditional therapies like physiotherapy for these kind of problems but always felt like there must be a better option for my needs. I had over activating leg adductor muscles for a while and this has been making my pedal stroke inefficient as well as giving me a sore lower back and under activating Glutes: all this means a weaker than possible pedal stroke. I have no doubt that working on this problem with Majo helped me reach a highlight result of 5th overall in the 2013 BC bike race, a 7 days stage race. Furthermore I trust that the corrective work I have been doing with Majo got me back on track sooner when I hurt my back in the gym this last spring as well as preventing repeat problems. I appreciate her passion and focus in helping me become a faster mountain biker.
Michael Robinson Michael Robinson, XC MTB Stage Racer, Endurance Athlete, Supported by Scott Bikes, Syncros Components & Alete Natural Hydration
Majo, thanks for giving back my agile feet that I haven't felt since I was 16. It seems that when you bike race you don't care about your range of motion as long as your legs can pedal and you can put your socks on in the morning. There's no question in my mind that without your help with FST my racing & training would be at an end! Now I have a new lease on life and I thank you.
Warren Ellis Ultra Runner, XTerra Triathlete, Enduro MTB racer
Majo is awesome! She was instrumental in helping me recover from a bike accident several years ago. I love her Fascial Stretch Therapy: after treatment today, my neck and shoulders are feeling amazing!
Myra Mattila Half Ironman Triathlete, Enduro MTB racer
My husband went to see Majo after his shoulder surgery and I was intrigued by the series of exercises she gave him to practice at home. I decided to come see her for a variety of problems I had after I had a tumor removed from my spinal cord. Although my case wasn't common, she right away zeroed in on what needed to be addressed.
She is amazing at explaining how the body works and is a total genius at figuring out how to "fix" me. The exercises are unique and effective and her in-office treatments are in one word a "relief."
She has connected the dots for me and now my mind and body are now working as one.
Thank you Majo!
Tina Palm Retired Massage Therapist
In working with Majorie you can expect the best! With her highly educated background and personal fitness experience she has so much to offer. When I started with Majorie, she took the time necessary to get to know my areas of concern (shoulder impingement, patella femoral, tib post, and hip rotators) and was able to implement programs that I could do from home, which was a bonus considering so much of it was stretching (utilizing AIS and MFR) and light strengthening techniques. I love the way she went over every detail of the program personally and then also included excellent descriptions and pictures of each exercise in my program, this ensured that I was always performing the stretches or exercises correctly. With Majorie's extreme knowledge and attention to detail, I would recommend her wide range of services to anyone in need. Thank you Majorie, you truly are so awesome at what you do!
Nicole Hawthorne Sprint Triathlete
I’m not a professional athlete, but being active is an important part of my everyday life. After years of skiing, biking and working as a painter my body was beginning to feel the abuse. My RMT recommend that I see Majo.
I was immediately impressed with Majo’s professionalism. During my first visit, Majo explained what was going on with my body, and that with her Muscle Balance Training and Fascial Release Therapy she would be able to help me. Majo also pinpointed that a lot of my pain was due to over extending my neck while working. She helped me come up with new techniques to remain in proper body position at work.
I continued to see Majo and, after a few visits, the Fascial Release Therapy was helping my muscles to relax. The Muscle Balance and Postural Training was leaving me feeling less tired at the end of my work day and more in balance on my bike and skis.
Since starting treatments with Majo, I live with less pain during work and my leisure time, and I perform better overall. I would recommend Majo to anyone who is active and feel their body could use a tune up.
Tyler Collins Professional painter, Whistler Sports Lover