Benefits of a Massage for Fitness Enthusiasts
Feb 8, 2017
How a massage can be used as a recovery for sports recovery, injury rehabilitation, and even injury prevention.
Getting a massage is not only extremely pleasurable it's a technique that's been used for thousands of years. The first written record of massage therapy was found in China and Egypt dating back to 2700 BCE!
The Benefits of Massage:
Improved circulation: This can be considered to be the most valuable fitness-related benefit. As you're receiving a massage the motions allow for blood circulation, allowing new oxygen to flow into blocked or contested areas. This helps the body rebuild by providing a clear path for nutrient and oxygen delivery.
Improved range of motion: This is a big one since our range of motion is determined by joint flexibility. The risk of injury is greater when joint flexibility is low. Having limited joint flexibility places a greater load on tight joints and muscular tissue thus increasing the possibility of tearing.
Shorter recovery time goes hand in hand with blood circulation. The massage activated the circulatory system allowing for waste such as lactic and carbonic acid build up in muscles after exercise to be eliminated faster.
Prevent and heal injuries: When you get a massage your are helping stretch your connective tissues which help prevent breakdown. Massages also help's influence the excretion of fluids necessary for tissue repair.