How and when should I get a Sports Massage?
I am training for my first marathon and I have a really close friend who is a Beautician and does Sports Massages. She says I should have one once a month and after the marathon, may be 3 days afterwards. I really want to make the most of her skills. Anyone out there know which is the best time to have a sports massage? I thought it would be the day after the marathon and maybe the night before a long run? Thanks guys
Pip I have dealings with sports massage folks and thing your friend has it about spot on. I wouldn't have one just before a long run or the marathon unless you have a niggle that needs sorting.
When you have something like this done it can release stuff tha's stuck in your muscles and this can sometimes cause brusing or problems straight after. Just to warn you the very first time you have it done it can sort out a lot of rubbish that is stored in your muscles with can lend to you feeling a little battered for a day or so afterwards. So if you mate wants to do it I'd ask them to do it sooner rather than later and make sure you get the pints in.
most beauticians I know do the very basic sports massage course and do not deal with injuries etc....
if you have one after the long run it should only be a gentle flushing one.....if you have a pull or an injury then no massage at all for at least 48 hrs.....
best time depends on your schedule but a couple of days after your long run would probably be the best.
if i could afford one i would have then done at least once a week.....
Just out of curiosity, when you say 'it releases stuff thats stuck in your muscles'
What stuff is it releasing?
Mr I there are folks better than me who can anwser that question I can talk you through it at a race if we meet up but that dyslexic I would mis spell most of the tecnical stuff and would end up looking like nonsence.
I've started having a sports massage once a month at my local uni's physio department. Had 2 so far, not sure if they are miracle cures for anything but I'm enjoying them.
Once a month is a good idea. Just to warn you, unless you have the perfect legs/glutes, it will probably hurt or at least be uncomfortable. You can also use a foam roller to help iron out muscle soreness. Probably best to put foam massage roller in to you tube and see if you can find some tips (you might find some dodgy stuff too with the word massage in there!)
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