Over the weekend, I stopped by one of the many Cross Fit Boxes in our area to see some friends compete in an all-day event. I always find them to be fun to check out. I only caught the last event this time, but I have seen many in the past and have even competed in a couple of these events myself. I know the hard work and training the athletes put into prepping for these competitions, and even more so, how physically and mentally draining they can be the day of. All the physical activities and the intense trainings often leads to sore muscles and puts us at a higher risk for injuries. With the summer months in full affect, our activity levels seem to increase. From hitting the trails, to partaking in events, races, or competitions, we tend to put more physical stress and strain on our bodies during this time of year than the rest of the year. I know I am guilty of this myself. Whether it is going on a hike and exploring waterfalls, partaking a in a 5K run/walk, or even a couple of the “mud” obstacle races, I know my friends and I love to get outside and be more active when the weather is nice out.
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:
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
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.