o you like to walk or run? Do you get pain or niggles in
your knees, feet, ankles or hips?
improving the recovery of soft tissue injuries. Massage even
helps to improve skin tone too, what are we waiting for?
If so, the issue is most likely caused by a problem elsewhere!
With many of us making full use of our allotted time of exercise
in lockdown, taking up new forms of exercise and or generally
putting more effort into moving our bodies, we find that we may
be experiencing some new forms of muscular tension too.
There’s nothing more annoying than something like a niggling
knee pain that stops you from giving your full performance. It
can mentally hold you back too, due to fear of pushing harder
and causing an injury or further pain.
Tight muscles in and around your hips can also cause pain when
exercising in any part of your leg or foot. Keeping your muscles
and tendons loose, flexible and strong will help keep that pain
Top tips for self-massage:
Firstly and most importantly, go slowly and
breathe! Self-massage should never be
excruciating. You should try to hold stretches
for around 20 seconds and breathe into them.
Use your hands or try a hard, smooth ball like
a tennis ball. Foam rollers are helpful for
accessing the deeper muscles too and you can
use smooth or knobbly ones, the choice is
Take a look at Amy’s short demonstration videos to make
sure your self-massage techniques are right on point.
So what’s the best thing to do to help our aches and pains? We
must invest time in looking after the muscles we’re using with
regular massage and always note the importance of stretching
both before and after training. Believe it or not, plenty of rest is
Apt for our recent pandemic lifestyles, studies of the benefits of
massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for
reducing stress as well as helping to eradicate pain and muscle
tension. The benefits don’t just stop there though; it promotes
relaxation, improves circulation and stimulates the lymphatic
system, increases joint mobility and flexibility alongside