Runners know that massages not only feel great, but it can also speed recovery, reduce muscles soreness, and facilitate injury healing. The question is when is the best time to get a massage and how often should you should get one?
If you are you training for a big run getting a massage 3-4 days prior to the run as deep tissue work releases waste products at the cellular level—and may even leave you slightly sore especially if its been a while since your last treatment. Having a massage prior to your run can help with decreasing muscle tension throughout those superficial and deep layers of tissues allowing for more mobility throughout your whole stride length.
What about post Run?
Is a massage right after a marathon is a good idea? Depends on the treatment: Deep, heavy pressure massage can be counterproductive to your healing. You’ve just put your muscle through a strenuous exercise and now need time to heal before being dug into and worked on. If you are looking to get a light treatment, then Yes. Light treatment can help with recovery as massage helps promote blood circulation, flushes toxin and can decrease any inflammation without causing more damage to already stressed muscle tissue.
Pre or post run?
You should always get a massage after your run and preferably with an easy run planned for the following day.
Deep tissue work releases waste products at the cellular level—and may even leave you slightly sore