Daniel Whiley on Minimalist Running

Daniel Whiley is a movement specialist who has run all over the world, completing a number of long-distance races, including an 80km route in the Netherlands. He particularly enjoys fell running and uses running as a means to explore. In this interview, he discusses minimalist running - what it is, why it can be useful, and where to start.   So you mentioned in a previous blog post that you do minimalist running. Can you explain a little more about...

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Meet the Soma Therapists Doing the Ealing Half Marathon!

At The Soma Room, we're used to helping runners stay injury-free whilst training for races, but this year Sophie, Donna, Emily, Ann and Daniel have decided to put the (running) shoe on the other foot, and dust off our trainers to take part in the Ealing Half Marathon on the 26th September. Between us, we have a wide range of running experience - from complete beginners who have never worn a pair of running shoes before, to experienced runners who...

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5 Great Ways To Recover After A Marathon

You did it! Those months of training and effort have finally paid off, and now you're looking forward to some well deserved recovery. But how do you give your body the best chance of repairing itself with as little discomfort and stiffness as possible? These five tips from owner and massage therapist Sophie Rose should help... Raise those legs You’ve probably heard of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) for the treatment of injuries, but did you know that it applies...

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How To Prepare The Day Before The Marathon

Running a marathon requires many things - grit, patience, sacrifice, and a determination to carry on even when your body is exhausted and aching. The months leading up to the race will require you to spend hours of your free time pounding the pavements, missing drinks out with friends because you have your long run the next morning, and heading out when it's cold, dark, raining, or all three during the winter months. So with just 24 hours to go,...

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How To Run A Marathon Without Breaking Your Body

oday's guest post is from Soma Room therapist Naomi Johns - a mum of three, avid runner, qualified personal trainer and massage tutor at St Mary's University in Twickenham. She offers Sports, Deep Tissue and Pregnancy massage every Wednesday at The Soma Room. I really love to run. For me it’s not just about the physical challenge but also about the amazing benefits it gives to the mind.  To date I have run four marathons (one of those up a...

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Ask a Massage Therapist – Running Injuries and Marathon Training

Welcome to our regular new 'Ask a Massage Therapist' feature, where each week the therapists of The Soma Room will be answering a questions on everything to do with health, injury prevention, well-being and more. If you have a question that you'd like answering by our team, then let us know by emailing info@thesomaroom.com. This weeks question... With the London Marathon coming up, what are the most common injuries that you see in your running clients, and how do you...

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