The Benefits of a Good Massage

I went to see a massage therapist last week. I’ve been experiencing a lot of tightness in my calves, and while I have tried rolling them out myself with both my foam roller and my stick, it has reached the point where even walking was painful. Running? Seriously painful.

As well, after running hills last Tuesday, my left knee was slightly off – it’s the underside of my knee, related to a tight IT band, but knowing what the problem is doesn’t make it any better. So I rearranged my schedule a little, and took the first appointment I could get – a one hour session at 8:00 Wednesday morning.

When I went in, the therapist asked me if I was there for anything specific; I told her I was a runner & triathlete and my calves and left IT band were tight. She went to work on those specific areas first. I’ll say this – when you’re tied up in knots, the massage itself is also somewhat painful. I knew what she was doing would help, but wow, some of the lumps and tightness really required a lot of pressure from her.

After working on my legs, she also tackled some of the tightness in my shoulders and back. A combination of exercise (swimming) related and work stress related tightness, I know. I spend too much time hunched over a computer, for sure.

When I left the session, I definitely felt better. My calves were still sore, but less so. By the next day, though, the tightness was almost 100% gone, and now, almost a week later, I feel like new. I know I need to spend more time on taking care of myself – yoga, stretching, foam rolling and icing. But my massage experience drives home the place that therapeutic massage has in a training program. I was a believer before (I’ve gone before when trying to recover from a groin injury), but I’m looking at my schedule and trying to decide if I can squeeze one massage in per month. So worth it!

Thanks, Caroline from Bodhi Therapeutic Bodywork for making me want to run again!

Goals update: I did ok. I made awesome homemade pizza. I worked on 3 blog posts. I read a little bit, but very little. I have my package almost ready to mail. I didn’t get a workout done, but I played board games with my son instead. 🙂

Today’s goals:

1. Run hills
2. Finish prepping package to mail.
3. Write two blog posts

That’s about all I think I can handle for today!

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4 Responses to The Benefits of a Good Massage

  1. Carina says:

    My calves are my problem area and I noticed they were starting to get really tight right before I started the yoga challenge, and like magic, the tightness is gone. I also did a short massage on Sunday after my long run, and I think that combo is working well for me. Glad you found something to help!

    • Kris says:

      I was hoping yoga would do the trick, but going once a week wasn’t enough to fix it. The massage was just what I needed.

  2. PlumPetals says:

    Glad to hear the massage therapy helped. I totally hear you on the pain that it can cause sometimes as the therapist tries to undo those knots, but once it’s done – wow. Such a difference!

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