Sports massage experts prepare FMG runners for action
Massage therapists Alison Wilkins and Joe Walls from Oak Tree Therapies worked wonders on the aching limbs of our Brighton Marathon and BM10k runners this week, when they visited our offices in Sayers Common.
The pair used their skills in sports massage, and deep tissue massage to target tight muscles, joint aches and tension, all of which gave our runners a much needed boost as the big day approaches.
“My calves and thighs felt so relaxed after the sports therapy massage, and when I trained that evening it really helped – definitely less leg ache the next day,” said Adam Cox, FMG Product Manager for Infinity who is running the 10k race.
Emilie Whitmore, Product Manager said: “I have been suffering from knee pain in recent weeks and was sure to point this out to Alison for her advice. Not only did she give me a lovely (somewhat painful at times!) massage to my legs she gave me some great advice for my future running exploits! Legs feeling brand new ready for the marathon on Sunday!”
“Joe gave me some great tips on how to cope with weaknesses around the knees which is a bit of a problem area for me,” said Russell Winterburn, Ad Operations Manager, at FMG. “He worked on the muscle groups that will help me get through the 10k, and I certainly felt the benefit immediately after the treatment.”
Why do massages help runners?
“In any sustained training programme, particularly marathon training, the muscles are required to contract repetitively,” said Alison. “The greater the contraction, the greater the force generated. This leads to a shortening of the muscle fibres, which in turn decreases flexibility and circulation within the body of the compressed muscle tissue.”
She explained that massage focuses on restoring flexibility of the muscle by lengthening muscle fibres, improving circulation and helping to remove metabolic by products and waste. “Runners who incorporate a regular sports or deep tissue massage into their training programme effectively help to prevent injuries before they arise.”
Seated chair massage
Alison Wilkins also demonstrated the benefits of a seated chair massage during the visit – something that is proving increasingly popular in businesses across Sussex, helping stressed out workers find a moment of calm in their hectic, high tech lives. Employers are seeing the benefit of incorporating this into their wider wellbeing programmes.
“With so many people now working long hours at computers, and largely desk bound, this is a great way to reduce work stress during the day. Regular massage can be carried out in a quiet room in the workplace, with recipients fully clothed, seated leaning forward on a special chair. We’re seeing amazing results in reducing workplace anxiety and helping relieve and reduce headaches, neck and back pain and RSI.”
Alison Clements, PR and Communications Manager certainly found the benefits. “In 15 minutes the seated chair massage eased tension in my neck and shoulders and left me feeling relaxed and refreshed, ready for the rest of the day. Alison was excellent at explaining the benefits of the treatment, and worked on knotted muscle areas that definitely needed attention.”