When you think about ways to improve your running performance, do you think about getting a massage? Athletes know that a regular sports massage can improve their flexibility and performance, as well as prevent injuries and decrease pain.
And while many people run for stress-relief, the irony is that life stress can affect your run and cause a negative impact your training and workouts. That’s why it is so important to get the right balance and help your body and mind recover with regular massage sessions.
At Oceana Massage, we specialise in sports massage, which has many benefits to improve your performance. Runners normally get injuries or stress their muscles and strain ligaments on long runs and different terrains. Sports massage can reduce pain after a hard workout or long run. Studies also show that it can reduce inflammation, improve immune function, and reduce stress hormones, like cortisol.
The major benefit of massage is that it relaxes tense muscles and removes adhesions or minor scar tissue between muscles. This tension can impact your movement and range of motion, which means your body is adjusting in different movement patterns that can cause overuse injuries.
And while sports massage won’t clear lactic acid or other waste products from your muscles, it will improve and enhance circulation to your muscles. And when you have better circulation, you will recover better. Running requires sustained, repetitive muscle contractions. Massage works to elongate the muscles, relieve muscle tightness, restore joint range of motion, and improve circulation.
How often should you get a sports massage? It is up to you and your running schedule or if you have a long run planned. Also keep in mind if you have recurring injuries, are you trying to achieve a new distance, or pushing your limits. Talk to me and I can help you determine the best schedule that fits your running needs, schedule and budget.