We’ve all heard about the “runner’s high” that runners experience from a rush of endorphins at the end of good run, but what about a runner’s relief? Running is a great exercise that provides countless benefits for the body but it can also leave your muscles tight and sore. So how do you experience the high without the lows? The answer is massage therapy.
There are many benefits of massage for runners, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5:
1. Massage therapy increases flexibility
Runners must maintain a high degree of flexibility if they want to be at the top of their game. It doesn’t matter if you are running 5Ks or marathons, the flexibility gained through massage therapy will help any runner have an advantage over their competition. Since massage therapy stretches the muscle fibers, flexibility is promoted and maintained.
2. Massage therapy improves circulation
With increased circulation, a runner can breathe easier and move more smoothly. Since the practice of massage helps with blood flow, a runner’s circulation will improve and their performance will be enhanced.
3. Massage therapy alleviates muscle pain
As a runner you know that an injury or pain can hinder your ability to run at the top of your game. With regular massage therapy, muscle pain can be curbed and you will be able to run without being side tracked (or sidelined) by pain issues.
4. Massage therapy promotes better sleep patterns
By getting regular massages, runners can actually improve the quantity and quality of sleep they are getting. By getting more sound sleep, a runner is more able to perform at their best.
5. Massage therapy increases relaxation levels
Many athletes have a type A personality and have a hard time relaxing. When an athlete can’t relax and has no real down time, stress can begin to take a toll on their health. By getting massages, runners can learn to relax their bodies and minds and improve overall wellbeing.
If you are a runner and you are planning on competing in any upcoming races, give us a call and we’ll help you run the best race of your life and recover more quickly from injury and pain.
Here at Structura Body Therapies we are concerned with the overall performance of the body and understand the importance of all areas of health and massage therapy. We treat patients with all types of needs from automobile accident related injuries to sports performance work.
Please contact us today for any information needed related to massage or structural integration. 801-897-8711