Massage for Marathon Runners
From the desk of Sarah Thomas, LCMT, OTR/L ... So it's March 15th already and Marathon Monday is only a month away! As you are challenging your body to new heights I am certain you are welcoming the warmer weather that the sun promises to bring later in the week. The long runs are exhausting enough without the soggy sneakers. As you work through your routine I invite you to consider the benefits of massage in your marathon training.
Massage has long been considered a beneficial treatment aiding in general relaxation and improving overall health and wellbeing. People often consider massage a luxury, but today I challenge you to consider it as a necessary part of your marathon training routine. Regular massage for runners can help with the following:
Massage increases circulation of blood and lymph throughout the muscles to help in the healing process.
Massage improves range of motion and flexibility, thus reducing risk of injury.
Massage decreases lactic acid build up, reducing cramping and spasms.
Massage assists with muscle regeneration, improving the recovery process after long distance runs .
In a typical twelve-week marathon training program you may now be running as many as 22 miles on your long runs. This is about the time your hips, knees, and low back are beginning to talk to you - if not scream. Your feet are just deciding if they like the orthotics you put in your running sneakers at the beginning of this training season. You are pushing your body to new levels. This is the perfect time to include massage in your marathon routine. It is best to optimize your training and maximize your endurance by being mindful of the positive energy your body needs right now. Nourish it with healthy unprocessed foods high in nutrients. Get proper rest so your body can heal after each run. It is important to also rid your body of toxins that build up in the body. Keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water to wash away metabolic waste products that can build up in your muscles. Consider the benefits of massage in your marathon training program. With the marathon only a month away, it is important to take care of your body. Including regular massages as a part of your marathon preparation will help make the most of your efforts towards the finish line.
We at OMBE support you and are here to help you achieve your goals. Good luck runners! We will be cheering for you on Marathon Monday!
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Sarah Thomas is a licensed massage therapist and occupational therapist who has been treating patients in a variety of rehabilitation settings since 2002. Sarah received her Bachelor's of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Having always been driven to promote wellness through a preventative and holistic treatment approach, she immediately pursued her Massage Therapy Certification and her Usui Method Master Level Reiki Certification. Sarah trained with several Physical Therapists through Mount Wachusett Community College where her massage studies focused on therapeutic rehabilitation, kinesiology, and complementary health care.
Sarah's massage practice specializes in a comprehensive approach to create an individualized session for her clients. She incorporates Swedish relaxation massage, basic lomi lomi and craniosacral principles, and deep tissue work. She uses additional techniques such as neuromuscular reeducation, myofascial release, range of motion work, and stretching to create a personalized massage treatment. By integrating Reiki energy work into her sessions, she is also able to optimize and balance the systems of the body to allow for self healing.
Sarah has extensive experience with clients not only seeking to restore balance through relaxation but those with specialized needs. She works to address tone issues for those with neurological disorders. She often receives patient referrals from orthopedic surgeons for patients recovering from low back surgery and joint replacements, as well as triathletes with orthopedic challenges. Sarah also specializes in sensory integrative techniques for those dealing with sensory processing disorders. Sarah welcomes you to share your challenges with her so she can help you create the ideal massage treatment.