With the BMO Vancouver Marathon just days away, it’s time to think and plan for post-race recovery. According to Matt Thompson, a Registered Massage Therapist and personal training and conditioning expert at PainPro Theraputics, massage therapy should be near the top of your post-race game-plan.
“A post event massage is a very good idea,” Matt said. “The best type of massage for this is a general Swedish style massage with lots of long sweeping strokes that promote circulation back to the heart.”
It is strongly recommended to avoid deep tissue treatments immediately following a race because the tissue is already weak and compromised from the marathon run.
“Long static stretching should also be avoided,” added Matt. “Slow, dynamic stretching is best for post event endurance based sports.”
Any time within the first 48-72 hours after completing a marathon is recommended for a massage treatment to get the blood circulating and to relieve muscle tension.
PainPro Theraputics will be providing free massages to BMO Vancouver Marathon participants during race package pick-up May 3-5 at the Health, Sports and Lifestyle Expo at Canada Place, and receive a $10-off coupon towards a post-race massage to speed up post-race recovery.