The Benefits of Massage for Runners

presented by Massage Envy, the Official Massage Sponsor of the OC Marathon

          It may seem like an indulgence, but massage therapy is important to managing stress and relieving pain before and after a hard workout. Whether you’ve been running for years or you’re new to the sport, getting regular massages can help improve your flexibility, reduce your risk of injury and promote wellness along with many other health benefits. There’s no better time to discover the benefits of massage therapy than while training for an event – and you’ll also find massage extremely beneficial just after running a marathon.

 

Massage therapy applies moving pressure to relax muscles and loosen tissues, which is especially great for runners who want to recover faster, prevent injuries and improve performance. When your body is tired after a race, your therapist can help move the muscles, blood, and tissues around much like light stretching. However, a professional massage therapist has the training and ability to target trouble areas, help restore range of motion and rejuvenate tired muscles and tissues.

 

With 25 convenient locations throughout Orange County, Massage Envy makes it easy for you to add massage therapy to your training regimen. Massage Envy Orange County will also be at this year’s OC Marathon giving away free five to ten minute table massages for participants of all events. So after you finish, be sure to visit Massage Envy for your complimentary post-race massage! 

More Massage Benefits Include:

·         Dilates blood vessels which promotes circulation and lowers blood pressure

·         Reduces muscle soreness and fatigue

·         Improves joint range of motion

·         Reduces cortisol levels and norepinephrine and epinephrine levels 

·         Restores posture and gait

·         Improves connective tissue healing

·         Promotes faster recovery

·         Relieves pain and prevent injury