Thu, 2014-10-30 01:30
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Marathoners need massage. Massage therapists need marathoners. It’s a perfect circle. We like you, want to help you, and we know that you need us – whether you know it or not!

3 benefits of a post marathon massage

1. Relaxes muscles

Massage applies a moving pressure to muscles and other tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and fascia (which sheaths muscles like a sausage casing). The effect of a massage is it softens fascia tissue and makes clenched muscles relax. It also removes adhesions between fascia and muscles (places where the two stick together and restrict muscles' movement).

2. Reduce dead legs

Studies published in the Journal of Athletic Training and the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that massage after exercise reduced the intensity of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)—that is, the dead-legs feeling you get two days after your marathon. Other research suggests that massage also improves immune function and reduces inflammation.

3. Repair Muscles

Research published in Science Translational Medicine, found after massage a 30% increase of a gene that helps muscle cells build mitochondria (the "engines" that turn a cell's food into energy and facilitate its repair). This suggests that massage could let runners improve their recovery and speed up their ability to get moving faster again sooner.

Recommendations

Within 24 hours of a marathon it is recommended to have a lighter style massage, we would recommend Balinese style with its longer flowing strokes, a Thai Oil massage is also an option but let us know you are recovering from a marathon and request light to moderate pressure.

Massage is not a replacement for a proper cool down nor is it intended to replace all of the recovery techniques that you normally use after a race. A recovery massage is there to enhance your recovery, get you ready for the next workout, and help make your memories of the marathon you have just finished happy ones.

Book your massage before the marathon.

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