Now that the hibernation is finally over, thousands of runners are hitting the trails to help shed unwanted pounds and/or train for one of the myriad of races that our fair city provides. Regardless of your age or level of fitness, the pounding and repetitive nature of the sport can take quite a toll on your back, hips, legs and feet. It’s essential, whether you’re training for a race or running recreationally, to take the time to care for your body. Massage therapy has a proven track record to do just that. Massage helps alleviate the pain and stiffness that can result from running or any type of strenuous exercise. But what type of massage should you ask for?
For extreme runners or those who are training for a marathon, a sports massage is the best choice. A sports massage is ideal for stretching out muscles before or following an event — to increase flexibility, prevent cramping, reduce recovery time and prevent repetitive motion injuries. Above all, it helps reduce inflammation, which is the primary cause of your pain.
For the occasional runner, a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage should do the trick. A Swedish massage utilizes long, flowing strokes of various pressure to release muscle tension and increase blood flow. Deep Tissue massage focuses on a few specific problem areas, like tight hamstrings or hip flexors. The work can be a little intense at times as deep pressure may be used to help loosen adhesions in the muscles.
Whatever type of massage you choose, you’re repairing and re-energizing your body so you can get back out there tomorrow with renewed vigor. Urban Oasis has 65 massage therapists on staff to help you, 38 of whom specialize in sports massage. So, do your body a favor sometime this summer and stop in for a massage. You won’t even have to thank us once you surpass your personal best.