Do you ever find yourself in the position of wanting to workout but you struggle to bring yourself to do it when you’re still sore from yesterdays workout ?
It can be very hard to get the motivation to go for that run or go to the gym when your body feels tight and stiff and you feel more like you’re in your 80’s!
Massage might be an answer for you, and help you get back out there sooner without the stiffness and pain.
Here is why it helps.
Massage can ease pain
Massage seems to ease pain in several different ways. For starters, it can increase blood flow to sore, stiff joints and muscles, which are warmed by the extra circulation. Massage can also speed up the flow of oxycontin, a hormone that results in relaxation and improved mood. Massage may also change the way the brain senses pain and the short, sharp sensations of a good massage can temporarily make the brain forget about the aches.
Easing muscle stiffness
Massage can help to relieve stiffness and is an effective way of increasing your range of motion. It increases the supply of fresh blood to your muscles, providing them with oxygen-rich nutrients to aid in the recovery process. Deep tissue massage especially releases not only the fascia, but improves flexibility of muscles and relaxes muscles that are tensed up.
Massage can aid with muscle recovery
A massage after vigorous exercise not only feels good but it seems to reduce pain and help aid with muscle recovery. Besides the physical benefits listed already, having decreased pain and stiffness can improve motivation levels for returning to exercise.
Massage can release toxins
Massage also causes chemicals to be released within the body which brings toxins out from your body tissues and muscles, through your blood and through the lymphatic system. After a massage, most massage therapists will advise you to drink plenty of water in order to help clear the released toxins out of your body.
Massage can prevent injuries
Massage is a highly effective way to reduce your chance of injury by improving your muscle flexibility and range of motion. It also helps shorten the recovery time needed between each session, allowing you to minimise downtime and maximise your workout schedule without succumbing to that dreaded overtraining effect. It can improve connective tissue healing and lending greater elasticity, which means you are capable of more dynamic movements or those requiring greater flexibility without risking injury.
Massage has so many benefits, not in the least that it just feels good! Why not try a massage after your next strenuous workout and see the difference it can make to how your body, and you feel?