Yes, summer isn’t quite over but that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning for cooler weather. With the change of seasons on the horizon, we can’t wait to get out there and pound the pavement on some crisp fall mornings. If you’re like a majority of our team at Elements Massage Scottsdale East, then running season and the training that goes along with it is almost here.
However, running can be a taxing form of exercise. This is mostly due to the impact that occurs with each and every stride (and every footfall). Whether you are attracted to the sport for a nice brain break or fancy yourself an athlete training for your next race, running is an excellent method of de-stressing. To take the best care of yourself this year, here are a few ways massage can help:
Any period of extreme workload can leave you feeling depleted and empty. One of the best things massage can do for you is to target specific areas of tension and tackle those stubborn muscle knots that result from the repetitive motion of jogging. By decreasing muscle pain and helping to heal your body after a long run, massage can alleviate the feeling of fatigue.
Boost Blood and Lymph
The regular application of pressure and movements, like kneading and rolling, that occur with massage are great at stimulating your body’s circulatory system. In turn, this boosts blood flow and brings more oxygen and nutrients to the parts of your body that need it most. It also can lend a hand in strengthening your immune system function to remove toxins and other waste products from the bloodstream.
Range of motion and flexibility are key in any individual’s well-rounded wellness routine. You guessed it, this means plenty of stretching and elongating exercises to boost your muscle performance. Incorporating a stretch session, like a massage, can help your body move better by evenly distributing work across your muscle groups.