Include functional massage therapy into your training program to help improve performance, enhance recovery and stave off injuries.
For most people, getting a massage falls into the “nice to have” category. It’s something you might do once or twice a year because mom gave you a gift certificate for your birthday. But when it comes to training for a distance event, consider thinking about soft tissue work as one tool in your toolbox when you look at your overall health and overall training plan.
Massage that emphasizes functional soft tissue therapy helps to release the soft tissue restrictions that often cause pain and inhibit movement. In tandem with regular stretching, foam rolling and mobility work, massage can promote better blood flow to help reverse the repetitive movements and daily stresses of training.
It will support your recovery, improve your performance and decrease delayed onset muscle soreness. When received regularly, it may also help prevent injury. **
Prepare your body for race day by scheduling a massage five to seven days before the race. Or help expedite your body’s recovery with a post-race massage two to three days after you cross the finish line.
For enhanced performance, pair performance-based private yoga with functional massage therapy to maximize body awareness, facilitate recovery and enhance overall mobility.
Finish Line PT’s Massage Therapy Rates:
(gratuity not included)
- $125 for a 60-minute session
- $200 for a 90-minute session
** According to the American Association of Massage Therapists, research has shown that, in relation to exercise and athletic participation, massage can:
- Support recovery from the transient immunosuppression state (6)
- Support the recovery of heart rate variability and diastolic blood pressure after high-intensity exercise (7)
- Improve exercise performance (8, 9, 18, 19)
- Enhance athletic performance (4, 18, 19)
- May help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly (18, 19)
- Be the most efficient intervention for maintaining maximal performance time in subsequent exercise tests when combined with active recovery from maximal exercise (1)
- Reduce muscle tension (4, 18, 19)
- Help athletes monitor muscle tone (4, 19)
- Promote relaxation (4, 18, 19)
- Reduce muscle hypertonicity (4, 18, 19)
- Increase range of motion (4, 14, 18, 19)
- Improve soft tissue function (4, 18)
- Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise (8, 18, 19)
- Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness (10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)
- Reduce serum creatine kinase post exercise (13)
- Reduce swelling (17, 19)
- Reduce breathing pattern disorders (18)
It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that those who participate in exercise programs, as well as athletes in training, can benefit from massage therapy.