If you’re planning to run the Stroud Half Marathon on 21st October, you may like to consider a massage to help prepare your muscles.

The main benefit of massage is that it relaxes tense muscles and helps remove adhesions or minor scar tissue. Tension and adhesions can restrict movement and impair your range of motion, potentially leading to abnormal movement patterns that can cause overuse injuries. It can also help improve relaxation and lower stress levels.

If you’re considering a massage before the event, it’s best to have it 2-3 days before.

Massage can also aid your recovery after the run. It can reduce pain and the intensity of muscle soreness and some studies indicate that massage can reduce inflammation, improve immune function, and reduce stress hormones, like cortisol. It will also promote better circulation, improved cell nourishment and help rid the body of toxins.
Wait for 1-2 days after the run to get your recovery massage.

Here at the Garden Room, we use Aqua Oleum pre-blended aromatherapy oils and one in particular is great for pre and post intensive physical activity…….Vitality. The active ingredients are bay and black pepper, which tone and strengthen muscles. This stimulating and fortifying oil can enhance a massage, providing an energising boost before or post intensive exercise, as well as acting as a pick-me-up if you are feeling lethargic, low on energy, or recovering from an injury.

Have a massage pre Stroud Half Marathon and enjoy a post run massage for half price, for example:

Full body pre-blended aromatherapy             £45 pre event and £22.50 post event
Lower back and leg massage:                       £35 pre event and £17.50 post event
Back, neck and shoulder massage:              £30 pre event and £15.00 post event

Information on all massage therapy available at the Garden Room may be found at:


Alternatively, call Sara on 07597 257665 for more information or to book.