For the fourth year running Energising Massage was part of a great massage team providing soothing leg massages for all those tired runners that had just completed the 26 mile 385 yard London Marathon in support of Diabetes UK.
Once again the sun was shining and although there was a cool breeze about, the supporters were out in force to cheer the 35,000 runners along the route and help them along to the finish line. This year Diabetes UK had over 165 runners and they are hoping to raise in excess of £225,000 this year.
Family, friends, food, hot drinks and a leg massage were a welcome sight for the weary runners at the after party in the Queen Elizabeth conference centre. Champagne corks were also popped and there was a real buzz of excitement as the athletes celebrated their achievements. Some great feedback was also received:
‘I had a massage from the lady who was a volunteer. She was brilliant and gave me extra advice also. My legs didn’t ache at all afterwards, so a huge thank you to her!’
A light massage after such exertion by your body can help you both physically and psychologically. It can:
- Increase blood and lymph flow, moving toxins out of the body
- Encourage fresh oxygenated blood to the muscles, to aid repair and recovery
- Promote the release of endorphins which will act as natural painkillers while reducing some of the muscle pain associated with your marathon.
- Help you sleep by relaxing your nervous system
- Feel nice and is a great reward for all the sacrifices made and dedication needed to achieve the goal of running a marathon.
Want to run a marathon?
Running this distance takes motivation, dedication, guts and of course stamina to go the whole distance. So make massage a regular part of your training programme. It will help maintain elasticity and flexibility, will help to keep muscle tissues stretched and it will improve circulation.
If you would like to run for Diabetes UK in next year’s Virgin London Marathon or would like try a 10k or half marathon visit their website for more details: www.diabetes.org.uk