The benefits of massage after exercise
After an intense workout many of us are left feeling aches and pains that last for what seems like an eternity. We know that this is our body doing its job, healing and repairing comes at the cost of our comfort. Unfortunately the side effects of exercise can last for days. But, it really doesn't have to! Massage therapy can assist in minimising the length and quality of pain. The biggest deterrant for many however, is the perceived cost involved. While many masseuse businesses do charge significant fees, we would like to remind you (and ourselves) of the potential fees which could come if we leave these minuscule tears in our body unattended over the duration of years we will be training.
Vigorous exercise causes minuscule tears in our muscle fibres, which in most cases leads to an immune response: inflammation, as the body starts to repair the injured cells.
It can be difficult to carry on with daily tasks the day after exercise due to the aches and pains – it can even be a challenge to walk up the stairs to our office. As we age, the time it takes for our body to heal also increases. Instead of 2-3 days, it's upwards of 4 days that we are recovering for. If we don't leave the appropriate time for recovery, we can cause long-term injury to our muscles. This is what we wish to avoid by having regular massage treatments.
Many people may believe that the only way to recover from exercise is time – however, this article explain how massage works to minimize down time!
Having a massage after exercise doesn’t just make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. There are a also alot more benefits you may not know about benefits:
Pain relief You’ll find that after a workout or intense exercise that your muscles become tight- this will lead to pain in different parts of your body. These aches and pain will increase overtime and can even lead to serious injury.A post workout massage will help you prevent post workout pain and injury by decreasing the soreness of your muscles.
Speedy recovery Research has proven that having a massage after exercise can speed up recovery time twice as fast as regular rest, this is due to the improved blood flow and nutrients to the body. When your bodily fluids are circulating readily, nutrients and oxygen are able to reach your muscles and other tissues.A post workout massage can unlock your muscles – this means your original range of motion is restored. This is important if you want to perform your exercises more efficiently. For example if running is your exercise of choice, then a greater range of motion in your ankles and legs will increase your speed and agility.
Release tension and improve flexibility After an intense workout you’ll find that your muscles can feel tight and constricted, which can muscle tension. By having a post workout massage you’ll help your muscles release this tension and fast track your muscle recovery – as a result of this you’ll have improved flexibility.After a while you’ll find it easier to perform everyday tasks that require extra flexibility.For those of you that run a lot make sure you request a massage that targets your hamstrings. Loosening your hamstring muscles will help you gain more endurance and speed while you run.
Eliminates toxins During exercise the body accumulates lactic acid – this is a contributor to muscle soreness and early fatigue during a workout. Getting a massage will help break up the lactic acid in your body and remove it from your muscles.
Relaxation You should not only seek a massage for a faster recovery – but you also deserve a reward after a hard and strenuous workout. Having a reward at the end of exercise will keep you motivated to do exercise more regularly.A massage also helps you improve the quality of your sleep. A good night’s sleep prevents fatigue and gives you the extra energy you need for another day of physical activity
Give our in-house massage therapist a go and see for yourself! Make your booking today by calling: 8783-8083.