Spring is on its way, which means the marathon season is about to get going in earnest and all those dark, cold winter runs you had to drag yourself outside for are about to pay dividends.
How massages help when you’re training
Running is a very repetitive process, and the more you run, the faster and more powerful you become. However, the effect of this on your muscles is to make them shorter and tighter, with a consequent decrease in the delivery of oxygen to the muscles because of the compression.
Sports massage works on the muscles to help lengthen them and relieve tightness which helps with motion and also improves circulation. Your circulatory system delivers oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and takes away waste, so a massage, will therefore, enhance the process and improve your body’s efficiency.
This is why massage treatments are such a useful part of your marathon training schedule. The more effective your circulatory system is at delivering oxygen and nutrients, the better it is for your running.
If you are planning to have a pre-race massage, schedule it in for 3-5 days beforehand: remember, the deeper the massage, the longer it will take for your body to respond. If you’re not sure about the best time for a treatment, talk to your therapist.
Post-race sports massage
A post-race sports massage will be much more gentle than the treatments you have during training. It’s not just a lovely treat to look forward to as you pound the roads, it’s designed to help your body recover more quickly. It does this by:
If you would like to incorporate massage therapy into your marathon training, or book in a post-race massage to help you relax and recover after pounding the streets for more than 26 miles, contact us for more information or to book an appointment.