Another week and another first for me... my first sports massage! After the calf pain of last week I took the plunge and booked my first massage session in. Deep down I knew what to expect, and had been appropriately warned by others who had a massage before, but I will admit nothing quite prepares you for the pain!
It is a 'good' pain in the sense you know it is benefitting you, and I guess that's what makes it bearable! The tights spots which are firmly manipulated, although make your fists clench in pain, are being loosened for the better. From the massage session I found out that my hamstrings are extremely tight - which I sort of expected as my flexibility is also extremely poor! The sports therapist also found that I had some scar tissue on my left calf which looked like had remained from an impact injury (I have no idea what from!). This meant the fibres were misaligned, and some severe pressure was applied to realign the fibres - which hurt a LOT!
Post massage my legs can only be described as tender. They feel like they are bruised everywhere - and it’s probably because they are – see images on the left! I met my sports therapist later at the gym and she commented how they were the worse bruises she had ever seen post massage! I do bruise easily but must admit I was a little shocked. Despite the pain and the bruising I would definitely go back again and I would like to try and make it part of my running/training routine. I will just make sure I don’t schedule anything in for the next day that involves having my legs on show!