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Deep Tissue Massages

Blog Challenge 4: Reasons Why I Always Make Time for Deep Tissue Massages

Should you get a deep tissue massage

It’s not a thought provoking or “change your life” post, but deep tissue massages are something I make time in my schedule as well as the budget for each month. Deep Tissue Massages keep my muscles healthier and my body recovering from workouts, races and training faster.

I’ve been injured several times in my running career. Most of my injuries are bone related but like any runner I’ve suffered from sore or tight muscles.

So why get deep tissue massages?

The scientific answer: A Massage works to lengthen muscles and restore the range of motion, relieve muscle tightness as well as improve circulation.

First, anyone can foam roll and improve circulation, but if you are like me, then you never get deep enough into your muscles.  Deep tissue massages are done by a professional who knows how to find trigger points, adhesions or tight muscles that are specific to you.

Deep tissue massages will leave you sore at first. They break down scar tissue and muscle adhesions and then flush them out of your system. Personally, when I receive a deep tissue massage, I am sorer for 48 hours and then feel significantly better.

It’s important to tell the masseuse what is sore and what gets the most sore.  Every person and runner is different and a massage is tailored to your needs.  You will get the most benefit by being vocal of what you need.

When should you get a deep tissue massage? 

The timing of a deep tissue massage is necessary. Similar to a workout, it’s important not to get a massage right before a goal race. My personal rule is 3-5 days before.  It allows your muscles to recover.

Your message will also not be as beneficial if you get it the same day after a race. The masseuse will not be able to go as deep into your muscles because they are already swollen. My rule of thumb is waiting 1-2 days afterwards.

I am just speaking from personal experience with deep tissue massages. I’ve found they keep the majority of my muscles injury free and keep my running well too.

For anyone in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area, Dr. Kemenosh has just added deep tissue massages back into the list of methods they utilize over there.  (Dr. Kemenosh and his team fixed my glute, hamstring and butt issue injury after my marathon).   I can’t say enough positive things about their team!

Here are more articles I found interesting as well:
When Should Runners Get a Deep Tissue Massage?
The Pros and Cons of Massages for Runners

Questions for you:
Have you ever gotten a deep tissue or any massage?

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Thanksgiving Festivities

For Thanksgiving we ended up going back down to see my family in VA.  Although the drive from NJ to VA is only 6-7 hours I can tell that this drive is already going to be a pain when I have to make it.  Knock on wood, I’ll be driving back on Thursday though. (If I can run there is a road race that I really want to do).  I hope so at least.

For me to do the race depends on whether or not I feel comfortable with my knee.  I’m certainly not in good running shape after a solid month off and a few awkward runs in between. (I need to just gain momentum and test it out).  I really want to see some friends more than actually run (I’m looking at you Kris, Theresa and Kristy) so hopefully it all works out.  I wrote about my future training plans yesterday.

Thanksgiving-

Virginia was nice and relaxing.   We always have a relatively small Thanksgiving and it’s normally just my immediate family since most of my relatives live far away (California, northern Canada and Scotland). In unproper blogging technique I forgot to take photos of our Thanksgiving meal.  By forgot I mean I didn’t feel like it. My mom did a great job cooking and we had turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing (my favorite), some vegetables for good measure and pumpkin and oreo pie.  I think it was a relatively standard meal.

This is from 2 years ago but it was similar.

This is from 2 years ago but it was similar.

On Friday night I was able to schedule a 90 minute deep tissue massage (only on my legs).  It was one of the most painful massages I’ve ever gotten but it was worth it.  Today I’m going to try and run (my first time since) so we will see how that goes.

After a stop at one of my favorite restaurants in my area JoJacks, we left for NJ.  Nothing exciting on the road trip back…I was driving so I needed to focus on not speeding.  The police were everywhere (Holiday weekend) and with my little firebird plus the fact I have a tendency to speed is like a little beacon of speeding.  That being said I stayed in the right lane and made it home without being pulled over.

Here is my car.

Here is my car.

On a side note I have come to realize that in NJ everyone speeds.  I was going 70 (in a 60) in the right hand lane and being passed like I was standing still.  I knew the moment I tried to floor it to 80-90 and hang with the left hand crew my blog would become LOLZinJail so I swallowed my pride of school buses and tractor trailers passing me.

In cliff notes my Thanksgiving was:

Relaxing (family)

Adorable (my cat)

I like to sit on car hoods.

I like to sit on car hoods.

Delicious (food)

painful (deep tissue massage)

 grandma style (driving home)

And now back to the grind of looking for more jobs.

Questions for you:

How was your Thanksgiving?

How many speeding tickets have you gotten?

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