How often should I have massage during my sports training?
Because the strain on your body from regular training, training in a new sports discipline or for the first time, is not confined just to the area you think you are working hardest (e.g. the legs in the case of a runner), a series of full body therapeutic massages can be beneficial during your training. You and your therapist can discuss what frequency of treatment is best for you and which areas to concentrate on most during these. As a general rule, for marathon training over a protracted period, massage at least fortnightly would be beneficial. The longer you leave it between treatments, the more there is to be undone by your therapist the next time you see them. Your last massage should be approximately 3-5 days before your race, in your rest period, to give your body sufficient time to recover from the deep tissue work before the race. Similarly, for a couple of days after the race, your muscles are likely to be too sore to work deeply on, but a therapeutic massage 3-5 days after the event can help loosen and relax the muscles again and be a very necessary and well deserved treat for all your hard work!
Good luck to everyone in north Devon currently training for running or other sporting events. Make regular massage part of your training regime.
For more information or for appointments, please contact Lindsay at NuBody Massage Devon on 07787 251118