Running is one of the easiest ways to stay fit. It is also one of the easiest ways to develop an injury. Aches, pains and injuries are all too common for those new to running, but even seasoned runners can wind up with pain to the hips, knees, ankles, and feet. The impact and stress of running can be hard on the muscles and joints, particularly if running is your only sport.
As a runner you need a form of massage specifically designed for your sport. Adding sports massage (runners massage) can improve your performance as well as decrease your chances of getting injured.
Sports Massage can:
- Enhance body awareness
- Identify problem areas before they develop into injuries
- Remove trigger points formed as a result of injury
- Relax and stretch muscles
- Improve range of motion
- Restore suppleness and elasticity
- Relieve pain and stress
- Free muscle adhesions and soften scar tissue caused by injury or overuse
- Improve circulation
- Flush out toxins that cause muscle stiffness and soreness
- Relax the body and mine
- Speed recovery and healing from exertion.
Pre-race: Before the race you need a quick treatment that increase your circulation and flexibility, and leave your muscles resilient and ready to go.
Post-race: After a hard race you need a massage that will increase your circulation to speed the removal of fatigue toxins, relieve your muscle spasms and prevent soreness.
Fine-tuning: For regular fine-tuning you need a massage that will search out the areas of biomechanical stress in your muscles and relieve them, before they become problems, enabling you to train harder and more consistently.
Injury Rehabilitation: For injury rehabilitation you need a massage that will speed your healing, increase your range of motion and reduce scar tissue to allow the muscle to expand/contract normally.