You may wonder why you need runner’s massage. You probably already foam roll, and stretch after runs. Maybe you also use a lacrosse ball on your hips or you ice your knees.
Adding in regular massage takes your self-care and injury prevention to a higher level:
- You help to prevent problems such as ITB Syndrome or low back pain.
- You prevent mild plantar fasciitis from progressing before it stops you from training for your next race.
- You recover more quickly from speed work.
- You focus on healing the pains that you push through during long runs and races.
- You take care of your hard-working calves if you’re a barefoot runner.
Massage helps you increase range of motion and greatly improve overall performance. Your runs become more enjoyable and fulfilling.
The goal of runner’s massage in general is to soothe stressed tissues, increase range of motion, and improve circulation. This is all achieved by activating the body’s innate healing mechanisms.
Your runner’s massage session
I work on many runners – both amateur and elite – and I’m familiar with the challenges and issues that arise.
Each individual runner’s massage session is created to meet your current needs. You’ll receive an assessment, and we’ll form a plan according to your goals, preferences, and stage of injury, if needed.
Runner’s massage almost always focuses on the low back, hips, legs, and feet. We may also incorporate some stretching and range of motion work.
“I am an elite runner and got a massage from Eowyn yesterday. It was a fantastic massage. She could recognize where I was having problems without me even saying. All in all excellent massage, I will definitely be returning!”
Joe G., New Paltz, NY
Techniques may include: Swedish massage, myofascial release, acupressure, friction, IASTM/Graston, active release, deep breathing, PNF techniques, range of motion, stretching, heat packs, cupping, and more.
Often deeper pressure is preferred by those who work their bodies hard. I can apply as much pressure as required, but never to the point of injury.
Learn more about preparing for your massage here.