SUMMER IS HERE!!!
and with the warmer weather comes the season of 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and full marathons. Unfortunately this also means spring can bring pains, injuries and cramps, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Massage can help with and prevent all of these issues and should be apart of every runners training plan, whether you're the full marathon runner or someone giving running a go for the first time.
Its important to understand that running, like most forms of exercise can put a lot of stress on the body.
So how can massage help?
Massage relaxes muscles and removes minor adhesions or minor scar tissue between muscles and fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles)
Massage also flushes toxins, eases joint strain and promotes circulation.
Massage can also help with recovery after a run, it can reduce pain and intensity of muscle soreness post run and can help you be able to train again sooner after a big run.
Massage should be proactive instead of reactive, but when should you book a massage?
Everyone is different and its best to talk to your therapist to individually tailor a plan to best suit you but getting regular treatments during training and leading up to big events can be very beneficial.
Massage too close either before or after a big run can be detrimental to the run or to the healing process after.
Getting a massage 3-4 days before a race will help to loosen up all the muscles but also allows time to heal before the run.
Massage 2-3 days after a big event will help to release anything that has tightened during the run
Whilst getting a one off massage before or after a race will help, you will get better results from regular sessions. Its important to remember that your body functions more optimally the better you take care of it and should be maintained well so you can achieve all the goals you have been working so hard to achieve.