Sore muscles are no longer unfamiliar to a dedicated runner. Those who are into the sport have to endure this again and again. Even if it’s a common occurrence, it’s not a pleasant one, and we all need to find ways to take away the pain. As for me, a good massage is always the best therapy for sore muscles.
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While it isn’t yet proven that having a massage can push toxins away from the body, recent studies show that it can reduce inflammation and improve immunity. When one part of your body is feeling unwell, it is highly possible for the other parts to follow. Having a massage helps ease the pain and contains it so that the rest of the body won’t get sick. It also reduces delayed onset muscle soreness or that numbness you feel on your legs after running a marathon.
Aside from helping the body relax after a long day of training or competing, having a massage also helps runners endure more training. Instead of making the body weaker after helping it calm down, it actually prepares it for the days ahead.
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Now that you know the importance of a good massage after a long run, why don’t you book an appointment scheduled after a tiring run? Tell me if the positive effects are also true for you.
Tracy Luttrell here. One more thing that relaxes me after a long run is watching my favorite film, ‘The Spirit of St. Louis.’ What about you? Let me know on Twitter.