So, you’ve done all the preparation and you’ve run the race. Now what? If you know the benefits of post-race sports massage, that will be your next step!
Not only is sports massage great for your body before a race, there are also extensive benefits of sports massage after your race. The main benefit is that post-race sports massage helps your recovery. Massage improves the blood flow to your muscles which helps to move along any by-products of exercise that are sitting there. This increased blood flow also brings oxygen and nutrients to the muscles which aids in their recovery after a race.
On the topic of recovery, I’m sure we have all experienced DOMS at some point in our fitness lives. DOMS means Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, and this is the name for the pain and discomfort you may feel in your muscles after strenuous exercise. Another benefit of post-race sports massage is that it can help to reduce the severity of DOMS and decrease how long you experience DOMS. This is important because it can help you feel physically better quicker post-race, so you can get back to doing the exercise or sport you love, or even just be able to tackle the stairs without pain!
Another benefit of post-race sports massage is improved flexibility and reduced muscle tension. After a long run we can often feel tension in our legs, backs, and shoulders. Sports massage therapists employ a range of techniques which can help reduce these symptoms. This can also help to prevent injury because your therapist can pinpoint any problem areas and tailor your treatment around easing them.
After putting all the effort into running your race, you deserve to relax! A post-race sports massage is an excellent way to relax and unwind after your big race and can be a great reward for you to look forward to. Although we tend to think of the physical benefits of a post-race sports massage, there are fantastic psychological benefits too.
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