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Massage after the marathon: How to recharge your batteries?

25/11/2022
Whether you're a professional athlete or a recreational long-distance runner, there are recovery techniques that will interest you.

In recent years, we have seen an increased preference of road athletes for marathons, multi-kilometer walks and outdoor sports.

If you share the spirit of the category above, then you must know how you can make your body recover and "heal” after such activities.

Stretch&Relax's massage techniques are specially designed and adapted to the athlete, and will relieve and stimulate you from the very first session.

See below how you can strengthen your body's health after such strenuous exercise as the Athens Classic Marathon.

Massage and sports

Before talking specifically about long distance running, it’s worth saying a few words about the role of massaging in sports in general.

It’s widely known, scientifically documented and accepted, that as professional or recreational athletes, massage can benefit you in many ways.

After a successful sports massage session, you will feel your muscles relax and your body "open".

The stimulation and revitalization of the muscles, combined with the mental well-being you obtain, are essential elements to continue smoothly with your sporting duties.

In addition, we must emphasize the important role of massage for the recovery of any injuries that occurred during exercise.

A very large percentage of the physiotherapy rehabilitation from injuries, like sprains and bruises, can be exclusively consisted of massage.

The special circumstances of the marathon

As far as the marathon is concerned, there is something to comment on.

 Whether we are referring to the official professional route of 42 or so kilometers, or simply to very long distances, the strain on the muscles is excessive.

Working the muscles continuously for such a long period of time under great tension, very often leads to muscle destruction and breakdown.

This is the reason why a large number of athletes, even professionals, report that after the marathon they suffer from muscle pain, dyskinesia and stiffness for several days.

In fact, according to scientists, such great strain can lead to irreversible damage.

So, you need to be aware of all this when you are running long distances and know how to protect yourself from these unpleasant phenomena.

Post-marathon massage: when and why?

After completing such an exhausting activity, your body "shouts" that it needs support

With the unique services of Stretch&Relax performed by highly qualified staff, you will feel the relief and relaxation from the very first moment.

So, you can offer your body the necessary breaths of rest and stimulation.

Regarding the post-marathon massage, the truth is that it will take a little more work to restore the muscles.

Given the extreme strain on your body, a single session right after the marathon will certainly be able to relax and tone you up, but it won't be enough to get the maximum benefits.

For this purpose, it is necessary to create a personalized plan with certain sessions at predetermined intervals so that you get top results.

Our advice is if you are interested in the post-marathon massage (but also any type of massage in general) to contact us for details.

This way, our expert massage therapists will be able to recommend you the right solution at the best prices, and will inform you about everything you need to know, even about any contraindications for post-marathon massage.

Stretch&Relax — listen to your body!