After months of training for a big race, one of the first things runners want to do after they cross the finish line is get a massage. (And probably eat a nice big meal!) A massage, whether light or deep, will certainly feel great on muscles that have been working hard for months.
Runners report that massage releases tension, improves range of motion and also increases relaxation. Massage can also help speed recovery, reduce soreness and facilitate healing, thus serving as that hard-earned reward after the strenuous training and race.
The two types of massage that are most effective after running are myofascial and lymphatic massage. Myofascial massage helps restore joint stability and provide pain
relief by decreasing restrictions in the connective tissues. Immediate relief at home can be achieved by using a foam roller or tennis balls. Myofascial Release through the use of these tools helps runners become stronger, faster and less prone to injury.
Lympathic massage provides immediate relief from swelling and the feeling of heaviness and fatigue by boosting the efficiency of the body’s own fluid elimination system. Lymphatic massage clears all the soft tissues and gets your body prepared for your next big run!