With all the research out there proclaiming the health benefits of running, it’s easy to forget that running can be stressful, both physically and mentally. Infinity™ Massage Chairs, however, provide a deep-tissue massage that helps you efficiently prepare for and recover from running. By making this investment in your body at rest, you increase your chance of success when you’re on the move.
There are numerous, interconnected benefits to using an Infinity Massage Chair before and/or after running. Below is a list of our five favorites.
- Improved Circulation and Blood Flow
- Enhanced Flexibility and Range of Motion
- Reduced Stiffness and Soreness
- Quicker Injury Healing
- Improved Mental Health
1. Improved Circulation and Blood Flow
Muscle pain and fatigue are common complaints among runners, especially those who are just getting started in the practice. Massage comes to the rescue by increasing circulation and blood flow which, in turn, reduces tension in the muscular tissue.
Moreover, better blood flow means more oxygen and nutrients traveling to your organs. Your heart and lungs will certainly be grateful for that when they are working harder than usual to get you through those next 100 meters!
2. Enhanced Flexibility and Range of Motion
Flexibility and range of motion are so critical to every physical fitness activity you engage in. When you run, the joints and connective tissues in your lower leg tighten. If they get too tight, you set yourself up for injury. Therefore, a little pre-emptive foot and calf treatment in a massage chair will be to your advantage.
Infinity Massage Chairs contain air compression features for the feet and calves. They also contain rollers that provide reflexology treatment to the soles of the feet. Spend just a few minutes enjoying their soothing pressure before you run, and you’ll stay more supple and stable through every mile.
3. Reduced Stiffness and Soreness
The same features that promote greater flexibility and range of motion also serve your muscles when they’re stiff or sore after running. Take, for instance, the 3D massage rollers built into the chair’s back. These rollers are affixed to either an S-track, which runs from your neck all the way down your spine, or an L-track, which runs from your neck, along your spine, and over your glute and hamstring muscles.
Speaking of spines, runners with lower back issues should check out the recline functions across different Infinity Massage Chair models. These will really come in handy when decompressing your vertebrae after all that high-impact jogging.
4. Quicker Injury Healing
Massages don’t just help relieve muscle pain. They also help flush fatigue-inducing toxins from your body. That means an injury can often heal quicker if you subject it to some TLC from your massage chair.
Just be sure to listen to your body. If your massage is too strong, reduce the pressure. And limit the time you spend in the chair to ten to fifteen minutes to start, increasing the duration as you feel more comfortable.
5. Improved Mental Health
Yes, massage chairs are primarily a tool for your bodily wellness. But make no mistake. Your brain will show progress as well. A massage helps release the “feel good” chemicals serotonin and dopamine in your brain and, in turn, helps keep your stress levels in check. When that happens, you’re more ready to take on a challenge like running that requires high endurance and focus.
Whether you do it once a day, once a week, or some other frequency, be consistent. That way, both your body and mind will be able to remind themselves when it’s time for release and restoration.
Massage Chairs for Your Best Running Days
Prepare your body and mind for your best running days yet with an Infinity Massage Chair from Wellis New England. Contact us today, and we’ll connect you to a new wellness experience that will transform your life.