It’s the time of the year when a lot of runners slowly start their 16 week marathon training for either Brighton, London or Paris (or any others of course) which all take place between early, and late April 2016.
GET A REGULAR MASSAGE, 3 OR MORE DURING MARATHON TRAINING (JANUARY-MARCH),AND GET YOUR POST MARATHON MASSAGE FOR FREE!
Having trained for and run a number of marathons and one Ironman I certainly appreciate myself how important a regular massage is whilst you’re upping your mileage in your training runs.
There is finally also some research around which supports what many runners already knew:
Massage applies moving pressure to muscles and other tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and fascia (which sheaths muscles like a sausage casing). “That energy 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). That’s especially great news for runners, who rely on limber joints and muscles for pain-free peak performance.
Science’s biggest discovery is what massage can do for athletic recovery. 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 peg-legged feeling you get two days after your marathon. And other research suggests that it improves immune function and reduces inflammation. Emory University researcher Mark Rapaport, M.D., found that just one massage treatment resulted in an increased number of several types of lymphocytes (white blood cells that play a key role in fighting infection) while also decreasing levels of cortisol (the “stress hormone” linked to chronic inflammation). “More research is needed, but it’s reasonable to think that massage could help runners taxed from exertion,” Rapaport says. It may also help curb chronic diseases. “We know that systemic inflammation is associated with a lot of deleterious effects, such as heart attack and stroke, and that it predisposes people to cancers,” he says.
Crane’s research, published in Science Translational Medicine, found less inflammation in massaged limbs—and 30 percent more of a gene that helps muscle cells build mitochondria (the “engines” that turn a cell’s food into energy and facilitate its repair). “What we saw suggests that massage could let runners tolerate more training, and harder training, because it would improve their recovery and speed up their ability to go hard two days later,” he says.
Muscle stiffness can throw off your gait, which leads to problems over time. And by getting a sense for how your body should feel when everything is in balance, you’re more likely to notice small issues before they turn into chronic problems. Even beginning runners can benefit from massage, because alleviating the soreness that comes with starting a new sport makes people more likely to stick with it.
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