I’m looking forward to providing pre and post event massage at the Grittleton 10k, Race 9 of the WRRL, this weekend. Hosted by www.cadence-events.co.uk it’s a fast course and many of the 500 racing will be looking to PB.
Ever wondered what pre and post event massage does? Pre event massages prepares the body for high intensity activity and is generally considered any time from 2 days to directly prior to the event. The closer to the event the lighter the treatment should be. Massage can increase blood circulation to the muscles, which will help keep the muscles in optimum condition and oxygenated. The purpose is also to loosen the muscles without causing any significant physiological changes to the body and so is not the time for a deep treatment, nor making any correctional changes or improving dysfunction.
Post event massage is considered from immediately after to a couple of days after the event. Essentially it is used to speed up the rate of recovery and to reduce the pain of the stress that the event has placed upon the soft tissues. It can help to re-establish range of motion and improve circulation to tight, over worked muscles. It can also be the first assessment of post event injuries.
If you think, like me, that event massage can aid running performance then come by the tent and say hello or contact me beforehand.