Including massage in your fitness regimen can benefit any athlete
Through rigorous training and exercise, athletes can overexert their muscles, decreasing their performance and increasing their risk of injury. You should heal your body between strenuous workouts.
After workouts, massage supports the relaxation and recovery process, which reduces muscle stiffness, swelling, and fatigue, and aids in peak performance. There are also numerous other benefits that are conducive to your overall health and well-being. In addition to improving muscle flexibility (which prevents injuries such as muscle pulls and tears), massage therapy helps to relieve muscle tension and pain, a common cause of delayed-onset muscle soreness.
Massage therapy also helps athletes by…
- Lowering anxiety
- Increasing range of motion
- Improving mood
- Lowering blood pressure
- Enhancing alertness and blood flow
After, before, and during athletic events, massage is good for the body. Massage for sports includes Swedish (for improved blood flow) as well as deep tissue techniques. Those who regularly engage in strenuous exercises, such as athletes, should speak with a massage therapist about specific needs and concerns in order to determine how often massages are needed and the best techniques to use.