All this activity takes a toll on our bodies, because physical activity is well, physical. Regardless if it is a weekend warrior event, some fun sightseeing hikes, or a sporting event, you are putting your muscles to work. Feeling too sore, tired, or even in pain after these activities is not the after effect you want. That’s where massage can be extremely beneficial. Incorporating massage as part of your conditioning and maintenance will keep you moving with less stiffness and soreness. Some key components to receiving massages are:
- Promotes relaxation by relieving stress and tension, allowing your mind and body to recoup, since the body is only as strong as the mind, you want your mind to be relaxed and focused.
- Improves circulation and general nutrition of muscles by maximizing the oxygen through increased blood flow to help the body rebuild itself.
- Improves range of motion and flexibility, which in turn, will increase power and performance, allowing your body to work efficiently and properly, and decreases your risk of strains and other types of injuries.
- Helps shorten recovery time between workouts, so that you can get back to your activities faster by reducing inflammation and lessening scar tissue caused by an injury.
- Can help prevent over-training, by relaxing the muscles, as well as calming the nervous system, to allow your body to rebuild muscles.
- Helps prevent, and even aids in healing of injuries by stretching the connective tissues and improving the circulation to help prevent or break down adhesions that may occur.
- Reduces pain by decreasing excessive tissue tension, relaxing muscle spasms, and calming the nervous system.
When you go in for your massage, make sure you let your therapist know what muscles are sore, what movements you find difficult to do, and what activities you did that may have promoted these sore or injured areas. A good massage therapist will be able to do some focused work on the key muscle groups to help alleviate your symptoms, and get you back out living your life, at a quicker pace.
You don’t have to be an athlete, to receive the benefits of massage. Any physical activity can cause sore muscles, pain, or discomfort. Let’s get you back in motion. The goal is always to help you regain balance in order to function at your best.
“Massage therapy should be a part of your tool box for recovery. It can help to play a pivotal role in recovering and staying injury free – allowing more training time. There is no bigger annoyance for an athlete than to be out on the treatment couch.” - Blog post from Craig Hardingham, December 5, 2014