In recent times, athletes
and fitness enthusiasts alike, are becoming more
aware of the importance of massage. This is the
manipulation of the soft tissues of the body.
It's benefits include:
Improvement in a persons
range of motion when applied as a warm up or
down technique either side of training or
It can act as an aid to recovery between
workouts and competitions, by helping the body
eliminate the metabolic by-products of exercise.
It is a good form of treatment for injury
and rehabilitation after injury and probably
Regular massage (ie weekly) can help prevent
A massage therapist can
monitor any irregularities and/or stresses that
develop in the body and treat them accordingly
- especially as he becomes familiar with the
Massage is most beneficial after a hard
training session or a competition and although
two or three massages per week is common, once
a week is normally perfectly adequate. It is
advisable not to leave too long a gap between
massages as the therapist will almost be going
back to square one with every massage session.
The regularity of advisable sessions with a
therapist will vary according to the intensity
of training. If you are only training 2-3 days
a week then a little longer can pass between
It is also not advisable
to have your first ever massage just before a
competition. People respond to massage in
different ways and it is best to discover how
best it suits you during a training period.
One note of precaution is that there are a
few situations where massage may do more harm
than good. However, this should not be for the
athlete to worry about as any qualified massage
therapist will know when they cannot help and
you should be referred to another health
We have a directory of
professional sports masseurs on the site.
Click here to find out more about them.
They should be able to get your legs in better
shape for running.