If you just started the year off with a new goal to hit the gym and get more workouts in, or if you have a set exercise routine, do frequent workouts, are an athlete and training, or an occasional weekend warrior crusader, you will notice some very sore and tight muscles after a workout or event. This feeling of being sore and tight may even last for several days afterwards, hindering you from moving freely about your day or through your next training or workout session. These sore muscles can hold you back from pushing yourself further to making progress in your workout and training goals. Soreness can slow you down from your workout goals.
Most people know that after exercising and training, that they should drink plenty of water and eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Proper hydration and nutrition will help your body recover and rebuild muscle by providing your body with the fuel that it needs. As with what you put inside your body, what you do externally plays are large roll too. Adding massage therapy into your workout and training routines will help aid you in feeling less sore and help increase your overall performance.
Massage therapy not only feels good, but it is good for you, especially if you exercise regularly or are an athlete. Receiving regular massages for exercisers and athletes will help with recovery and performance by allowing your body to rest, heal, and rebuild. Here are some of the key benefits to adding massage therapy into your workout routines.
If you are starting a new workout program, or if you are someone who regularly exercises or is an athlete, receiving frequent and regular massages is a key component in reaping the benefits. Just like your workouts, the more often and frequently you work out, the greater and quicker the results become. Massage therapy is the same way. The more often and consistently you receive massages, the greater and faster you will see improvements and the longer lasting these effects will have on the body. Ideally, if you are doing intense training, that involves working out about 5 days a week, you should get massages once or twice a week, preferably on your rest and recovery days. If you are just working out consistently 3 or 4 days a week with mid to high intensity workouts, once a week or every other week may help you reach your goals faster. If your workouts are more focused on health and fitness and vary between low to high intensity levels about 3 times a week, you may be fine with a monthly or bi-monthly maintenance massage. Everybody’s body is different. Learn to listen to your body. If it is telling you that it is sore and tired, take the time for recovery and allow it to heal through massage therapy. You will see better results in the long run and you will see an increase in your overall health and wellness as a result too.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.