Massages for Runners and when to get them
For all runners, whatever your level whatever your goals massage is an essential component of every runners conditioning and recovery routine. Massage has long been a part of a runner’s training program. You’ve no doubt heard many of the benefits of massage as improved circulation and less muscle soreness but that is not all.
Of course there are many different massages, but what would be the most effective for runners. Well, it depends. Several factors come into play, your body, the goals you have set for yourself, your routines and your preference.
Here is a short explanation of some of the options
This kind really works into the soft tissue, targeting a specific area in order to either prevent injury or improve for it to be effective for runners. It will also help for your overall physical function, flexibility and performance and may help in reducing the event of injury. This is not only beneficial for athletes but also for those that have a physically demanding jobs.
When to get it: It can be used in various ways either before or after an event but also when a specific issue needs to be addressed, with a spot treatment or as regular maintenance. If it is the calf that needs to be treated, this will be the only spot the practitioner will focus on. So, it is in this sense different from a Californian Massage as set out below.
Deep Tissue MassageA deep tissue massage can be just as intensive as a sports massage, and also works specific tight spots and not only in the deep muscle but also on the superficial layers of fascia. This technique more broadly addresses superficial tissue, muscles, and fascia, but with sufficient pressure to mend stiff muscles and address tight knots that can disrupt circulation, cause inflammation, and limit range of motion.
When to get it: This would be recommended especially during periods of hard training as it focuses on an entire muscle and not only a specific trouble area. It’s nice to have especially, when you are training hard and not suffering from any injury. As this is heavily intense it should not be practiced days before or after a running event and in general a monthly treatment would be enough.
This is a Massage which is gentler and more focuses on the overall wellbeing and reducing stress levels. Its aim is to create relaxation and wellbeing. This technique sculptures and envelopes the body. The relaxing effect is felt through the flow of rhythmic movements, light strokes, kneading and stretches, followed by long graceful movements which harmonise and strengthen the body and the mind.
When to get it: Californian massage is one of the best massages to get on a regular basis. It is intensive enough to manage your ongoing recovery needs, but won’t add further muscle strain. It can be employed in the days before an event or as a recovery a couple of days after the event.
If you are a regular runner (or regularly do any other physical sport), a good routine is to go for biweekly or monthly massages which will support your ability to perform, recover, and ward off injury.
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