Massage would be great, but you could also try an Epsom Salts bath - before you go to bed, run a hot bath and stir in a couple of mugs of Epsom Salts (you can get these from any chemist), lie in the bath for up to 20 min, the wrap up warm and get into bed. You should sleep well and wake up with relaxed and soothed muscles. http://www.trishahills.com
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Lavender oil definitely a very strong candidate for aching and painful muscles, i have known many macho rugby players to rush home for their Lavender baths after the game !
I did the London Marathon last April so I can relate to your situation. I found that a blend of black pepper, rosemary, ginger and lavender helped immensely. You will need to put 4 drops to every 20ml of a base oil such as grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil. Lavender is great as an analgesic and black pepper is indicated for athletes for relaxing and softening the muscles. If you have any medical conditions then check with your doctor before you use the oils or phone an IFA or IFPA trained aromatherapist. Good luck and best wishes Mia
Hi Well done on the running the marathon btw! im hoping your muscles are starting to recover now, just a quick note on essential oils to use for the muscles if they are still aching at this stage. Eucalyptus is a really good oil for getting the circulation back and speeding up that process (sometimes the muscles swell a little form the shock of such a harsh workout and block the circulation a little), and ginger is a very good oil for improving the motion of the muscles and stop that ache or pain when you stretch them to reach something or make a large step. Lavender is a good natural pain relief to use on a specific area.
Sure, a deep tissue massage on your legs would help to alleiviate the DOMS, (delayed onset muscle soreness) and help warm and stretch those tired muscles that have been pushed to thier limits! Find a qualified sports massage therapist and tell them of any particular areas of tenderness. It won't be a very pleasurable treatment but will go a long way to aid the recovery of your leg muscles. best of luck and WELL DONE on your marathon run
Well done for completing your marathon. The advice you have been given is fantastic and should help your recovery process. A suggestion would be that when you are preparing for your next event that you have pre and post sports massage. This can assist with recovery and minimise the possibility of injury. If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me 07916 135 122 Many thanks Antoinette Nimblet BSc. Natural Therapeutics (Health Science)
Hi Claire, Well done to you. I agree with majority of the therapists here that a post event massage by a sports massage therapists should help release the tension. I am a sports massage therapist and am working in London Bridge, Clapham Junction and Heither Green. If none of the locations are good for you I suggest to check out also the following websites http://www.theisrm.com/ and http://www.cnhc.org.uk/pages/index.cfm you might be able to find somebody there. Good Luck
Try Myofascial Release - it releases restrictions in the fascia that feel like 'tightness' it will also rehydrate the muscles as it allows the blood flow and oxygen etc to get to the areas most needed. I'm a sports massage therapist and completely hooked by this wonderful technique - Im in East sheen and have done my training in USA with John Barnes and IMFT in UK. Try it out - 07905376632 Best wishes and good luck Lyn
Epsom baths with essential oils of: juniper, cinnamon, black pepper, lavender, rosemary, geranium, eucalyptus. Light active recovery (walking, bicycling, swimming), gentle massage, raw cherry juice, diet of healthy carbs with protein can help. Basically there is muscle damage from prolonged endurance events, so your body needs time to repair them.
Generally it is the 2nd day that you would feel the most muscle pain, if you are still uncomfortable tomorrow you should try and have a sports massage or if not an Elemis Deep Tissue massage is execellent for over worked muscles. Also you could try Elemis Musclease bath sachets, amazingly relaxing and so beneficial! Congratulations on completing the run. Emma
well done !!! great achievement - it is normal to feel stiff - a massage would do you good and you deserve one - drink plenty of fluids and eat a lot - your body has worked hard. have a look at http://www.embodyforyou.com you will be able to find a therapist near you
Two weeks ago, I had an athlete come to me for a deep tissue massage before his competition because he has tension and tight muscles in the back and in his legs. Initially, I stretched his muscles out. Then I did a Deep Tissue Thai massage that release tension in his muscles, tendons and ligaments. At the end of the treatment, I showed him some Yoga stretching exercises to loosen his muscles a bit more. Consequently, in getting his mind to relax, I found out that he was also tense in his mind and so I showed him Tai Chi Biofeedback exercise to relax his mind as well. To maximize performance, athletes should consider relaxing not just the physical body the mind as well. Combining Biofeedback Relaxation exercises, stretching and deep tissue massaging, can really benefit athletes before and after cardio work out such as a marathon.
Hello Claire, firstly congratulations on your achievement!! Deep Tissue massage would definitely be beneficial to help relieve the aches and pains caused by a build up of lactic acid. It looks as though you have been provided with various helpful recommendations, if you did want additional information on the advantages of Deep Tissue massage then please feel free to visit my website at http://www.bodywork-therapies.yolasite.com which will provide the benefits of this treatment. Being a mobile therapist I would be more than happy to visit you in London and am currently offering a 15% discount to all new clients. If on the other hand you would just like a few pointers in the right direction then please do get in touch and I would be more than happy to help! Good Luck! Charlie x
Epsom salts bath tends to help post running to reduce the tension, but probably is too late now to have as beneficial an effect. Keep moving, warm baths and massage all help. Well done you!
contact an osteopath who specialises in sports injuries.
Hi, you need deep tissue massage with plenty of stretching. I deal with many sport persons and martial artist. If you are interested I based in Canary Wharf 07843060825
if you lately train and got less preperation for Brighton half marathon it is normal to have not recover in a week. so what you could do ? 1st ) plenty of drinks ( specially pint of Milk a day at least ) that will provide good nutritions to muscle and joints 2nd ) sports massage & stretching ( it will be painfull but does work ) 3rd) Foam roller ( use for stiff areas and other locations ) if you already in pain which you already be late for recovery time but you should have done really good 1hr stretches or massage after your run and get plenty of nutritions by drinking milk , eating carbs and proteins. bath also help to as well as Turkish bath ( I am not talking about sauna , you do not wanna sweat more you need to lie down on hot stone and feel hot on your bones :) ps: My clients always take me with their event so I can support them before and after running which help them their quick and no -pain running, more fun no pain .... you can always get extra help from me by following facebook and our web site link below thanks Murat Gecmen Bsc, sports science Master personal trainer http://www.fitinfitness,co.uk
Well done you. Any therapeutic massage will help remove lactic acid that has built up in the muscle. Massage before and after a long run helps. Communicate with your therapist to tell him/her what is comfortable and feels effective.
Far-Infrared Jade Massage works well on muscle strain or any other sports type injury used in other countries as a recovery treatment for post op surgery, car accidents and burns victims.
Hi go for a sports massage they can help stretch the muscles out, lymph drainage and trigger points done on the body can help with recovery, as well regular sauna or steam. Hope this helps well done on your half marathon.
Well done Claire. A deep tissue massage will help move the lactic acid build up in the muscles. Simple repetitive strokes across the muscles without too much pressure will assist breaking down the stiffness, do some gentle stretching and drink water, all together these will help bring your body back to normal. What was your time? Kind regards ... John
Dear Claire In all honesty, the body is technically in trauma for at least 48 hours after the event so to go diving in with a deep tissue massage may be particularly uncomfortable in unskilled hands and the jury is out as to whether this is beneficial. You will be able to help your body by hydrating yourself sufficiently and then a Therapist should then work in "layers" so that they can rehabilitate the muscles effectively. On this basis, why not book 2 shorter massages over the next week rather than 1 long one, as the first will help drain the body and offer some stimulation, whilst the second will be able to penetrate further once the recovery process has been encouraged by the first! Hope this helps and hope you get back into training as soon as possible for the next challenge! regards http://www.richardtregarthen.co.uk
Dear Claire, good question. Sports massage therapy tackles individual muscles, releasing tension and aiding recovery. I am currently treated many marathon runners and cyclists. For sports massage therapy in North West London please contact me on 07740 407 109. Regards Alexis - http://www.body-logicfitness.co.uk
Hi Claire Deep tissue / sports massage and lots of stretching is the way forward. It will take a little time for the body to heal but if you can get out for a short gentle run that will also help. If you log on to the http://www.thesma.org or http://www.fht.org.uk you should be able to find a sports massage therapist in your area. Try and avoid beauty salons as most beauty therapist won't be able to get in deep enough. Adrienne
Hi Claire! I am not surprised you must be quite sore lol but well done :-) I would highly reccomend massage. I would have a deep tissue massage to ease the tightness and realese any tension. After a week or so I would have a relaxing Swedish massage as this will keep the muscles relaxed and will drain toxins from your muscles. If you have access to a sauna and steam room as well this will help soften the muscle tissue before a massage. Hope this helps. I am based in potters bar Hertfordshire so not sure how far you are from here. Good luck x
Hi Claire Massage will indeed be a great idea post your half marathon ( well done btw!) You might also find getting hold of some arnica, Rhus tox and Ruta which are homeopathic remedies to help your body repair (muscles tendons and ligaments). You can get these sent to you as one combined remedy from Helios pharmacy in Covent garden. Also plenty of foods with vit c to mop up those oxidants produced, and protein to build and repair the muscle . Anna
well I'd be more than happy to give you a massage Claire, I am a sports/remedial/deep tissue massage therapist based in Croydon....variety of techniques available, MET (stretching), STR plus deep tissue and NMT along with the pain free positional release...... all the best Sean
hello Claire, well done! I would suggest you have a massage, it will help repair the minor muscle tears which you will no doubt have suffered. I live in Burgess Hill but i could travel to you if you in Brighton or surrounding area I am qualified in massage and Sport Massage and have a portable massage couch
You should get a deep tissue massage, before and after your marathon to recovery your muscles of injuries.
Firstly, congratulations! A Deep Tissue would do you the world of good. The Therapist works with different techniques to a normal relaxation massage do relieve tension and adhesions in the muscles. Have a look on http://www.greenspacesalons.co.uk for our full treatment menu and to read a little more about Deep Tissue Massage.