7 Ironman Prep Tips You Don’t Want to Forget

7 Ironman Prep Tips You Don’t Want to Forget

Do your friends call you bonkers for the sports that you do? Sarah is our resident ‘bonkers’ athlete – she has completed an Ironman, and this year ran both the London marathon and an Ultra Marathon, clocking up 50 miles in her ultra. From one ‘bonkers’ athlete to another, here are Sarah’s top tips for prepping for your Ironman (or, for the less adventurous among us, these tips can also be used for other triathlon

Client Profile: How to Train for the Triathlon World Championship with a Full-Time Job

Client Profile: How to Train for the Triathlon World Championship with a Full-Time Job

Here at Leyton Sports Massage, we have some truly amazing and inspiring clients. It’s such a privilege to be able to support people in their training goals or help them be pain-free, and we learn a lot from our clients along the way.  We hope that our new series of client stories and case studies will help or inspire you as you’re working towards your goals, whatever they may be. Our first client story is about

Our Ultimate Guide to Foam Rolling

Our Ultimate Guide to Foam Rolling

Last month we sent out a vote in our newsletter for topics, and the resounding response was ‘how to foam roll!’. Thanks to everyone who sent in their questions via email, on twitter, or on facebook. Here it is – our ultimate guide to foam rolling. It’s a long post, so pull it up on your next elliptical training session or curl up with a nice cuppa and enjoy! If you’ve ever googled foam rolling,

How Are You on One Leg?

How Are You on One Leg?

This month’s question is looking at sacro-iliac joint (SIJ) stability. The SIJ is made up of the bottom of the spine (the little triangly bit before your tailbone) and the inside edge of the pelvic bone (the large, ear-shaped bone in your hip). SIJ instability is in the top three causes for: hip pain, knee pain, lower back pain, over-worked adductors & groin strain and sometimes it can even affect the shoulder or the ankle.

Massage After Exhaustive Exercise May Aid Muscle Repair

Massage After Exhaustive Exercise May Aid Muscle Repair

A study at McMasters University in Hamilton, Ontario, indicates that massage helps reduce inflammation and improve recovery of damaged muscle. The study Eleven young men were asked to cycle to the point of exhaustion (where they couldn’t continue), which was established as 70-minutes of vigorous exercise after having had their physical ability assessed two weeks previously. A massage therapist applied oil lightly to both quadriceps of each participant, then massaged only one quadricep on each

Massage and Blood Flow/Post-Exercise Soreness

A recent study performed at the University of Illinois at Chicago has indicated that massage therapy promotes circulation and healing in people with exercise-induced injuries, even improving blood flow in people who hadn’t exercised. The study: A group of sedentary adults (36) were divided into three groups: exercise with massage, exercise only, and massage only. Soreness and vascular response were measured at 90 minutes, 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours after exercise in the

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