The Chicago Marathon is right around the corner! Are you ready for it? As we up our mileage and start training like every run is the actual marathon, stress, aches, and pains can start to build up. One of our favorite ways to alleviate these things, is a sports massage!

Aligned Modern Health offers a team of massage therapists who are able to target any specific issues you may be feeling leading up to your big race! However, the main goal is get you feeling your best for the big race day. While runners can often fear a massage so close to their race, there are many benefits that come with a massage tailored to runners.

Some of the key benefits are:

  1. Massage will shed stress from your body. Research has shown that stress affects more than just your mind — it affects your entire body. When you carry too much tension, it can often lead to muscle stiffness and pain, but more severe stress can even lead to headaches, fatigue, stomach problems, and difficulty sleeping. When the body is massaged, it will begin to relax and remove stress from the mind and body.
  2. Improve your heart health. Massage therapy can help lower blood pressure and heart rate by reducing the strain on your heart as well as maintaining a healthy circulatory system.
  3. Targets specific muscles. If you have one body part that bothers you during your training, massage can help target that. Massaging certain muscle groups will help release trigger points, loosen those tight muscles, and increase range of motion.

Aligned Modern Health is providing (T2/ACS) athletes with a special 10% off recovery massages! All you have to do is bring your card to your appointment to be eligible. To set up your massage appointment, click here or call 773-598-4387!