Whether you are hitting the pavement solo or with friends, training for a big competitive race or just enjoying the exercise, running is an excellent activity for both your mind and body. This spring, as you make the most of Colorado’s beautiful weather, consider adding massage therapy to your regular running routine as a way to help you recover and feel your best.
Here’s how massage is the perfect accompaniment to any training regimen:
There are many different massage modalities that work for athletes in training. Swedish Massage is perhaps the most well known massage performed today and this form is an excellent introduction to the benefits and relaxation of massage. With long, flowing strokes and the application of pressure and kneading movements, Swedish Massage is great for helping to kick start your body to reenergize, relax, and prepare for a big race.
The next type of massage that is popular for runners is Trigger Point Therapy. The techniques involved in this massage type target muscle knots and other areas of tension within the muscle tissues. By using deep pressure to work out, Trigger Point Therapy can address many issues that plague runners like hamstring injuries, calf cramps, and hip flexor tightness.
Lastly, another excellent form of massage to aid the runner’s body is Deep Tissue Massage. This type of massage targets both the deeper layer of muscles and fascia and also the superficial, surface layers. The result is an intense massage that alleviates aches and pains and promotes recovery and mobility.
Depending upon what you are training for, getting a monthly or weekly massage can help prevent injuries or address any areas of weakness including stiffness and lack of mobility. Help keep your body moving through the healing process so you can stay the course and keep enjoying the benefits of exercise. A great massage can help you become the athlete you want to be!
This season, stop in and book time with one of our knowledgeable massage therapists who can address your individual needs.