Sports Massage for Runners
Helena Lundvik- Senior Massage Therapist at BOOST PHYSIO in Hendon, NW London, writes here about sports massage work that she does with runners of all levels- from fun runners to marathon runners.
I massage many athletes and runners at Boost Physio and I use a variety of techniques like Deep Tissue Massage and Soft Tissue Release (STR). STR is a specialised stretch where specific areas within a larger muscle are targeted. It is used to effectively release tension in areas of muscles that normal massage or general stretches aren’t able to reach, to break up adhesions and increase the flexibililty in the muscle tissue. This can in turn increase the range of movement and improve the quality of movement in joints.
I have used a combination of Deep Tissue and Swedish massage and STR with runners and athelets with excellent results. The treatment helps to prepare the patient for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to reduce muscle tension and prevent injuries.
Massage is especially important for runners who run more than 35 miles per week. The more miles you run, the more strain your muscles are under and the more beneficial massage is. If you incorporate massage into your training schedule it will help you to train optimally.
By having a massage treatment immediatly before or after an event will also help reduce the muscle spasms that occurs with vigorous exercise.
BOOST PHYSIO are running a Massage Special offer- have 2 one hour massage sessions with Helen between 13/1/11 and 28/2/11 for only £85 (normal price would be £100 for 2x 1hr massage). Simply call us on 020 8201 7788 to book the 2 massages and pay £85!