Running the Richmond Marathon?
Running the Half or the 8K?
Whatever race you’re training for, getting a massage before, after or both has many benefits.
Relieves and restores sore muscles
Whether it’s during training or after the race, massage helps relieve sore muscles and helps your body restore them to their pre-run state. A massage will help elongate your muscles and restore your joint range of motion.
Mentally and physically relax
By applying moving pressure to your muscles, ligaments and tendons, massage allows your muscles to relax – allowing your whole body to release and let go. Massage also helps to decrease your cortisol levels - the stress hormone linked to chronic inflammation - which helps you both mentally and physically.
Have a quicker recovery
While regular massage is the best route to increase recovery time, having a massage before and after your race will also greatly reduce recovery time by physically helping your muscles relax and restoring your range of motion.
Increases mobility and reduces chance for injury
Massage also removes adhesions between fascia and muscles. This will help you maintain limber joints and muscles for pain-free peak performance.
Studies have also found that massage after exercise reduces the intensity of delayed onset muscle soreness that most runners feels two days after a long run.
Muscle stiffness can cause you to throw off your gait and even cause you to miss a run or two because your body hasn’t recovered. Adding massage to your routine will help your performance by easing the stiffness and soreness you’re experiencing and allowing your body to recover.
Massage can also increase your blood circulation and decrease your blood pressure – two things that will help with performance.
Massage is a wonderful thing for a runner! Give your body a break, let yourself recover and get the escape you need after a long run! Give us a call.