Trying to gain muscle, lift bigger and maximise your workout? Here’s 5 ways that massage can help you reach your goals.
If you want optimal performance in the gym, in either strength or cardio training, having a high degree of flexibility is an absolute must.
Massage therapy stretches muscle fibres so that flexibility is promoted and maintained. Spending hours in the gym or training for competition can often lead to increased muscle tension and this can lead to development of various adhesions where the muscle, fascia and other tissues stick together. Once this happens you’ll experience a reduction in your overall flexibility and your chance of injury will increase two fold.
Massage Therapy improves circulation and with better circulation you can breathe easier and move better. Strength training causes microscopic damage to muscle and fascial tissue and this damage needs to be repaired. The best way to repair this damage is to increase blood flow and since massage helps blood flow, circulation will be improved and your damaged muscles will be able to repair.
- PAIN REDUCTION
Massage helps alleviate muscular pain, whether caused by overwork, posture or injury. If you are in pain, you will not be able to perform at your best and the less pain you feel, the better you will perform. Pain is your body’s signal that something is wrong, so please don’t ignore it and hope it will go away. Massage will often be part of the required therapy to reduce pain and increase good health.
- SLEEP IMPROVEMENT
Sleep is a big part of the recovery process after your workout. Massage Therapy promotes better sleep by helping your muscles relax. It also improves the quantity and quality of your sleep and if you aren’t getting good quality sleep, it will compromise your recovery from your workouts and ultimately your performance during the workout. Massage will reduce tension and promote deeper and longer sleep.
- DECREASED TENSION
Massage Therapy increases muscle relaxation levels. Most lifters exhibit a Type A personality where relaxing is difficult. Sound like you? Well…with regular massage, you can learn to relax and improve your performance.
Like we needed any more reasons to tell you to get a massage! By having a Deep Tissue Massage at least once a week, you can keep your muscles healthy, improve flexibility, maintain a state of relaxation and have better sleep.
Massage Therapy can also help to identify any potential trouble spots before they progress into something more serious.
So if you are having problems recovering from your workouts, you want to relax more or you want to feel and look great, book in today.
Treat yourself to a massage…your body will thank you for it!