Planning a Marathon? Here’s why you should consider a massage as a runner
Most people love massages – they feel relaxing, enjoyable and can help soothe aches and strains in the body. For a runner, a massage can be even more beneficial – by helping your body to recover faster, reduce soreness and improve healing from any injuries.
But before you plan your next massage, there are some important things you should consider to make sure that you enjoy the maximum benefits from it!
How does massage help?
Massages have a lot of benefits, but for marathon runners, they can be even more useful. They are an effective and gentle way of aiding recovery from injuries, by easing swelling and scar tissue build up.
Massages also boost circulation and improve blood flow, and the regular movement and stimulation can help the body get rid of waste products – especially lactic acid.
Another great benefit of massage is the improved flexibility – a huge plus for marathon runners! Loosening tight muscle tissue can help to improve strength and stamina, as well as making a huge difference to your next run.
A constant build-up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves. Sport Massage can be used to treat the stress, tension and fatigue that occurs through sporting activities. It can also be beneficial to:
- Help relieve that stress and tension which can hinder optimal performance.
- Reduce the likelihood of injury during exercise.
- Speed up the recovery process and aid rehabilitation after injury.
- Ensure full range of movement and increase muscle flexibility.
- Improve postural and general body awareness.
Both Lori and Angela are qualified in Sports Massage and Lori is further qualified in Sports Events Massage and trained in working with athletes of all levels during their training and leading up to their events.
How often should you have a massage?
In an ideal world, regular massages are a great way of making sure that your body is in the best condition – during training, building up to an event, and then helping to recover afterwards.
Monthly, or even weekly massages will ensure that any problem areas are promptly identified and tackled, helping you to be at your best on the day.
If that isn’t possible to fit in, then it’s a good idea to schedule your massage no less than 4 days before your marathon. Your body will need to take some time to respond to a massage, otherwise you may be more susceptible to strains.
To find out how we can help you to peak performance contact us on 01779 477739.