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If you ran the Chicago Marathon yesterday, there's no doubt that you're sore and your body is trying to recover. One way you can help relieve your aches and pains is by getting a massage.
While it's definitely seen as a luxury, massage can actually improve your circulation (reducing inflammation post-race), promote healing of muscle strains and micro-tears, and stretch a multitude of overworked body parts. By learning about your trouble areas from a massage therapist, you may even see benefits in future training and injury prevention.