Sports Massage Therapy, Running and Cancer Patients – What’s the connection?

This year’s Oakhaven 10-Mile Run is on Sunday, November 19th, 2023, and the 3km ‘Santa and Festive Friends’ Run around the streets of Lymington is on Sunday 3rd December. These events combine two things that are close to our sports massage therapist, Hannah’s heart.

Followers of our social media pages will know that Hannah is a keep-fit enthusiast and former athlete. She currently competes in CrossFit competitions and enjoys running as part of her own fitness regime.

Less well-known is her passion for caring for cancer patients. Hannah’s personal experience of seeing her sister suffer from cancer and her feelings of helplessness and frustration at not being able to provide any relief for her sister at the time she needed it most motivated her to train in Oncology Massage. Now she can help her sister and others undergoing cancer treatment by providing a relaxing massage. Find out more about Hannah’s Oncology Massage and her Special Offer for November from this link.

Oncology Massage Therapy

Running tips for beginners

Often, people take up running because they are motivated by personal experience to raise funds for a charity or to make lifestyle changes after suffering a chronic illness.

If you’re new to running, check out Hannah’s top 5 tips to protect yourself from running injuries!

For experienced runners, massage can be a great addition to your training regime. We asked Hannah to explain how.

“The main benefit of massage is that it relaxes tense muscles and removes adhesions or minor scar tissue between muscles and fascia. Tension and adhesions can restrict movement and limit your range of motion, potentially leading to abnormal movement patterns that can cause overuse injuries.

“Some studies indicate that massage can reduce inflammation, improve immune function, and reduce stress hormones like cortisol. Stress can negatively impact your training and prevent you from reaching your full potential.”

When is the best time for a massage?

Deep tissue massage can cause muscle soreness, so you don’t want to be doing it too close to your event. 2-3 days before allows your body to reap the benefits without stepping up to the start line with muscle soreness.

When it comes to post-treatment, it’s best to allow your body a day or 2 to settle before getting a massage, which will better assist with recovery.

So, cancer patient, competitor or regular runner, you may well benefit from a massage with Hannah. For appointments, call 01590 679560 or email [email protected].

Photo of Hannah Day.