30 Mar '17, 5pm

14 Things to Know Before You Get a Sports Massage

14 Things to Know Before You Get a Sports Massage

There are many different styles of massage, and it’s important to understand the nuances so you know exactly what you’re signing up for. Some massages may sound exotic, but do little to improve running performance. For example, the Swedish massage is “just skin moisturizing at best,” and a hot stone massage is “soothing but does nothing in terms of releasing tight muscle,” explains Leslie Goldblatt Denunzio, a marathoner and Brooklyn-based massage therapist. So what should runners book instead? Anna Gammal, a massage therapist who works with elite runners at the Boston Marathon each year and also massaged athletes at the 2004 and 2012 Olympics, recommends either a sports massage (i.e. targeted therapeutic treatment for the unique physical and biomechanical needs of athletes) or a myofascial release massage (i.e. the application of gentle, sustained pressure on soft tissue ...

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