One of the most important elements of self care while you’re in training, is massage. Don’t think of it as an unnecessary luxury. You are overworking your muscles, and they deserve a massage. A lot of runners schedule a massage after a race, which is great, but that’s usually the only massage they get. Ongoing massage during your training has so many benefits, and will help training, race day, and your recovery so much better.
Benefits of massage:
- Keeps muscles loose
- Increases blood flow
- Breaks up any scar tissue
- Reduces the chance of injury
- Improves range of motion
- Decreases soreness
These might be some reasons why you wouldn’t get a massage:
I can’t afford it. Yes, massage can be expensive. Karen with Intuitive Healing Studio is offering 10% off for new clients. Also, her rates are reasonable. Once/month with her while you’re in training will get your body in raceable shape. She’s goooood. If you are not in the Seattle area, sign up with tippr, Groupon, and living social and check the daily deals. They usually offer excellent massage deals (and chiropractic as well).
I don’t know what kind of massage to get. It’s true, there are many different varieties of massage. As a runner, you want a massage therapist who listens to your needs and who is also familiar with working on athletes. Most massage therapists are trained in all massage styles, so they should be able to give you what you ask. Of course there are therapists who specialize in certain types, too. Karen employs a mix of massage, acupressure, Thai yoga and Reiki.
I don’t know where to go. If you’re in the Seattle area, check out Intuitive Healing Studio. If you’re out of the area, ask friends and family members for referrals.