FRC - how do you find a massage the day after a big race like a marathon? As in, do you like it, can the therapist do much, is it painful? I ask because - we're all different of course - I would be too sore (even if not stiff) for two or three days post. So although a massage is nice the day after, no one woudl be able to do much on me. Others have said the same. So I suggest to people to leave it for two or three days - before having a massage. Then the initial inflammation has subsided, pressure will be less uncomfortable and the therapist can get more done and therefore have a greater effect. Of course if you have the budget, you could have one a couple of days after AND one a few days after that - that'd be great.
I think our bodies are so good at healing and recovery that it's best to to leave them to their own devices after somethign major like a tri or marathon - or half. Or any event actually where you've put your body through the wringer. Bit of a personal thing I suppose.
Would be interested in what others think.
Scott - if you've never had massage, as FRC says, have one a good week before the race. You won't know how you're going to react. However, if you're used to it, you could have one as close as 48 hours before.
artfull, forgive my ignorance, but what do you mean about I wont know how I will react?? I have never had a specific "sports massage", never had an "executive massage" either....
scott sometimes it can bring about aches and pains that will go leaving you feeling better than before but if you felt those aches andpains on race day perhaps not good. NOt sure if thats what ah meant but thats my thoughts. I would never have one too close to a race, but then I had one last night and feel amazing today! I am not running at all right now though so dont go by me...
I will look into it, sounds like a good idea though...
Really is worth it Scott. I'd go for Sat/ Sunday before Chester, Monday at latest. You might be sore for a day or two but wth the knee pains and odd aches you've had, the sports massage person will get kinks out of calfs, hamstrings, achilles and loosen up your legs generally. Tend to find areas you didn't know were sore. You will feel wonderful on the day then, supercharged !
AH, I get sports massage quite regularly (4-5 since Edinburgh May 27th from diary), certainly after any major events planned, or if I feel I've been doing too many hard races/ mileage. Massage the day after a marathon has been fine for me so possibly used to it? I do get straight into compression tights after any long run, ice, bath later and a few other things so do look after myself. Always go for a walk later to stretch legs. I've usually been out for a light run 2 days after marathons.
I am def getting a massage the week before.
What I hate about sports massage is that it isn't all nice and lovely and relaxing like Proper massage! Catches me out every time...
I am having them regular again, I am convinced its why niggles keep turing into injuries for me, the lack of massage! But ouchy ouchy.
Susan I will sponsor you on payday.
Going to attempt "Street Intervals" this evening, can't get to the club tonight so have to improvise...
I need a massage too, must sort that out..
Basey, my 'OH' gives a lubberly massage - the nice kind - being an ex gymnastic coach n all. He says it relaxes HIM can you believe it? I've really landed here!!
26th better be on otherwise another 5 years will pass before I can make it!
And yes.... where is Mr.Umb?
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