How deep are your pockets?
I get about a dozen a year. I try to get one every six weeks or so if the legs feel ok (injury prevention), or every 2 to 3 weeks if I'm suffering from muscle knots or tightness.
If funds were limitless, once or twice a week would be good! A good sports therapist/masseur can provide invaluble information about any muscular imbalances you might have and give advice on strengthening and stretching. I'd rather give my money to a sports therapist before I get injured, than to a physio afterwards!
It depends how hard the muscles have been worked. I wouldn't want to do much more than easy-paced running for 24 hours after a deep tissue massage.
it does depend on how much you can afford..........every week is great but once a month should help keep you in good repair..................you should be able to run afterward but you might ache for a couple of days...........remember to drink plenty of water afterwards................ and either go for someone that has been recommended or if not go for someone with a level 4 qualification not just the level 3........... the level 3's can be handed out for good attendance at some colleges and they often do not cover the injury prevention and treatment elements as well as a lot of the anatomy and physiology..........
I've heard once a week recommended for the sort of mileage you talk about. I wouldn't be able to afford that though. I have one a month and really notice if I miss one. I've had them in the morning and run in the afternoon - I just have to make sure I tell the therapist that's what I'm planning to do. It's probably good to relax afterwards generally though.
Despite running a similar distance to James, and a similar weekly mileage, I don't have them and the cost for regular massages makes it an unaffordable luxury. Besides, as most research shows, they have no real effect and any benefits are all in the mind. (ditto stretching and so called 'energy' gels).<<leaves opened can of worms and retreats a safe distance>>
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