Be Well: Five Post-Marathon Pro Tips

NWHSU | October 11, 2018

Minneapolis.St.Paul Magazine discusses the benefits of massage therapy for marathon runners and athletes with NWHSU’s Joanie Holst in the latest Be Well edition.

Few things compare to the sheer delirium experienced when crossing the finish line on race day. Your mind plays a dizzying montage of your hardest training days. You anxiously survey the crowd for your loved ones, practically blubbering at the pride they wear on their faces. You can even hear the “Chariots of Fire” theme song echoing somewhere in the distance (no, wait, that’s just your Spotify playlist). Whether you’re fresh off of a mud run, triathlon, or last weekend’s Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, it’s important to take a step back and appreciate the time and grit that got you here.

But wait, your (body)work isn’t quite done, as far as your muscles are concerned—they need some TLC, and one way to give it to them is through massage therapy. “So many more people are weekend warriors training for all these races now, so it’s important to understand that you don’t have to be some big-time athlete to benefit from sports massage,” says Joanie Holst, massage therapist and associate professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University. “It’s really about working with the active individual.”

Read the full Be Well article from our partners at Minneapolis.St.Paul Magazine here.