Unfortunately, running ultras, 10 miles of trail and doing triathlon are about the least harmonious physical acts this side of Barnum and Bailey. Running naturally aids the body’s lymphatic system (which is built like our cardiovascular system without a “heart” to act as pump,) by releasing toxins and flushing lymph via the mechanical pump of flexion and extension. However, the cumulative production and build-up of metabolic waste involved with a rigorous training cycle is too much for our bodies to move for processing, especially from the lower legs and feet, hence, the swollen feet, calves and ankles (Sugars, Kosher foods, nitrates and pork breakfast meats can more than double natural inflammation,). Inflammation and edema are part of the body’s healing process (Chemical Feedback Loop in response to trauma: 1. Initial trauma, 2. Chemical mediators of inflammation, 3. Vasodilation, 4. Edema, 5. Chemical build-up, 6. muscle spasm, 7. Reactive Ischemia, which body perceives as trauma, beginning loop again,), but stagnated lactic acid, dead RBCs and free-radical-scavenger waste can contribute to discoloring, crepitus and tissue restriction. Light-to-moderate massage easily assists in moving waste to lymph nodes where natural cleansing occurs.
The full article, which provides an extensive and thorough explanation on how massage can benefit runners, has been posted as a document on our WOOT Facebook page; it will remain there as a permanent resource for those of you who wish to read more on the topic.If you're looking for the short scoop though, here's what I found on a health and wellness site called tandurust.com:
Massage therapy is used actively for runners. There are three types of massage programs for runners and other athletes:
- Maintenance Massage: The aim of this massage is to regularly stimulate and massage select muscles in the body so as to aid in ensuring optimal performance without injury
- Pre-event massage: A more vigorous form of massage, this massage is provided prior to an event.It is meant to supplement warm up and thereby increases blood circulation and reduces stress on the muscles. It also has profound benefits on reducing mental tension and mental stress prior to a competition
- Post-event massage: This massaged is aimed at reducing muscle spasm and aids in removal of metabolic toxins built up after the vigorous exercise. This also helps in reducing the risk of injuries among athletes.
- Robert Regnier - works independently from home, off-base near Kadena gate 5 (you can search for him on Facebook). Robert is able to do sports massage and really get deep into any problem areas. Robert was charging $35 an hour but you should check with him first for confirmation.
- MCCS Semper Fit gyms - you can call your nearest MCCS fitness center to make an appointment; a one hour appointment costs $30. You may have to try several different therapists before you find one you like.
- Risner Fitness Center (Kadena) - appointments with a massage therapist at Risner must be made at the customer service desk and paid for in advance; they will not accept phone reservations. A one hour massage costs $45.
- Jasmine Thai Massage - If you've never tried a thai massage I most definitely recommend it. This type of massage is a dry massage, meaning no oil is used and the massage is performed on top of clothing, not skin. The pressure is very deep and intense, and lots of deep stretching is included. A 90 minute massage costs Y6000, or a 2 hour massage costs Y8000. Jasmine is about 1.7k south along the pipeline from MCAAS Futenma main gate. Call 090-2969-4744 for an appointment. They are also able to do "couples" appointments.
- Life Chiropractic - Both dry and oil massages are available at Life Chiropractic Center, as well as Thai Yoga massages. A one hour seitai massage (dry) or one hour thai yoga massage costs Y4500; a one hour relaxation oil massage or one hour lymphatic detox massage costs Y6000; also available is a 75 minute lymphatic detox massage for Y7500. Online appointments can be scheduled by visiting http://www.okinawa-chiropractic.com/