I am a confirmed massage addict.
So this week I am thankful for a fantastic sports massage.
A couple of weeks ago my long run was sidelined by nagging hip pain. I rested. I foam-rolled. I stretched. I iced. But still, those treatments only dulled the ache, they didn't eliminate it.
I've got a half marathon coming up, so it was time to call in reinforcements. I booked a sports massage.
And after 50 minutes of prodding and stretching, my hip feels nearly normal.
I'll admit, I winced at least once during the hour session. Sports massage is not usually gentle and relaxing. (If you're looking for a gentle, relaxing, stress-relieving massage, find a Swedish massage therapist.) Sports massage is intended to stretch tight spots, improve circulation, and break up scar tissue. Sometimes it can be uncomfortable, but ohh... my legs feel so much better afterward!
Thank you massage gods!
Have you ever had a massage?
If so, do you get massages regularly?
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