GET READY FOR THE
BELFAST CITY MARATHON
Early preparation, carb-loading, pre-race breakfast, during the race and post race... as well as training, nutrition is the most important factor for determining performance on race day. Most runners spend many hours per week training, planning and preparing their training sessions... but how much time is spent on nutrition? Often nutrition is taken for granted and this could jeopardise all the hours and days of hard training.
Reflexology helps the body maintain health, balance and equilibrium by enhancing the flow of energy, encouraging the body to heal itself and for the body systems to work again in unison. Reflexology treatments also aim to restore good circulation of blood, lymph and energy, encouraging all systems to return to a state of balance and harmony. The relaxing effects of reflexology can help to combat the negative impact of stress.
Sports massage is a deep massage that focuses on problem areas and trigger points. It is vital for optimum recovery from sports injuries as well as being instrumental for injury prevention. Sports massage increases the blood circultaion in the muscles and relaxes the muscle fibres resulting in moe energy and stamina during physical activity. Many thletes see a sports massage therapist regularly to keep their body in shape and to stay injury free.
The Bowen Technique is a gentle therapy that is applied to areas of the body, using thumbs and fingers in a specific process or order, designed to stimulate nerve pathways which allow a ‘conversation’ to take place between different nervous systems of the body. For running, Bowen can help with improved flexibility and recovery from an injury or repetitive strain as well as preventative maintenance. Treatments help the body to heal more quickly and reduce inflammation to speed up the healing process, supporting such complaints as pelvic and hip pain, hamstrings, knee/calf/ankle, and low back pain to name a few.
MAGNESIUM: This essential mineral plays an important role in muscle health. During exercise magnesium helps prevent the build-up of lactic acid that can cause a burning sensation in the muscles. Applying magnesium spray or gel is a quick way to increase magnesium levels in the muscles.
VITAMIN D: The sunshine vitamin pays an essential role in supporting immune health and preventing colds and flus. Intensive exercise can suppress immune function resulting in infections that can interfere with training schedules. Supplementing with vitamin D during the winter and early spring may be essential to keep immune system working optimally.
WHEY PROTEIN: A protein shake is a great way to support muscle recovery following exercise. Whey protein provides the optimal balance of amino acids that will support muscle health during marathon training.
TART CHERRY JUICE: The juice of bitter cherries has been clinically proven to prevent muscle weakness and muscle soreness (known as DOMS) following intensive exercise. Consider having a glass of the juice following a training session.
TURMERIC: This famous Indian spice has both anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties and it can be used to help prevent and treat injury during marathon training.
MULTI GUARD SPORT: The most comprehensive multi vitamin and mineral product available for athletes and for anyone undertaking rigorous training. Includes full RDA of Magnesium, 375mg per daily dose, recognised as contributing to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
SPORTS ELECTROLYTE FIX: Electrolytes are mineral salts dissolved in the body’s blood and fluid, they carry an electric charge and therefore can affect the blood’s pH and muscle function. Mineral salts include sodium, chloride, magnesium and potassium and these are involved in balancing the fluid throughout the body including the volume of fluid within the blood.
L-CARNITINE: L-Carnitine is important for fat metabolism, especially in heart and muscle cells. It helps to transport long chain fatty acids into cell mitochondria where they can be burned up and used as fuel.
ARNICA: Arnica applied on the skin or taken internally can help control inflammation, reduce bruising, accelerate healing, prevent fatigue and reduce muscle pain.
Always check with your GP or a qualified professional before using any nutritional supplements.
Also available at the Framar Complementary Health Clinic:
- Food Sensitivity Testing
- Herbal Medicine
- Health Screening Analysis
- Maternity Reflexology
- Maternity Massage
- Indian Head Massage
- Natural Lift Facial Massage
- Holistic Labour Preparation