If you are trying to lose weight or increase your overall fitness then diet and exercise is important, yet if you are training often you may find that your muscles are not recovering as quickly as you like.
This is where massage therapy could help. Just a few minutes could help relieve the pain and stress from your muscles.
What types of massage are there?
There are various types of massage, here are a few of the more popular choices:
#1: Swedish massage
This is one of the most common options.
The therapist will use oil and will massage using strokes in the direction of the blood returning to your heart.
This particular type of massage is good for increasing oxygen levels in your blood.
#2: Sports massage
If you are involved in intense exercise or muscle building then you will likely benefit from this form of massage.
The techniques used will help increase flexibility and help to aid muscle recovery.
#3: Deep tissue massage
This particular form of massage is more vigorous than most and will focus more on your tendons and fascia.
The therapist will apply pressure to your deepest layer of muscle, which will help to relieve pressure and chronic pain.
Deep tissue massage will also help to increase the range of motion of your joints.
What are the benefits of massage?
Here are some of the benefits you can experience through the use of massage therapy:
#1: Increase flexibility
If you are lifting weights or performing intense cardio workouts then chances are post-workout your muscles will be tight.
With a massage you can relieve this tension and increase the flexibility of the muscles.
#2: Improve circulation
Intense training can cause significant damage to facial tissues, which can reduce blood flow to your muscles.
A massage can help improve blood circulation, allowing blood and therefore the nutrients needed for repair to arrive.
#3: Pain relief
Muscle strain will cause pain, but luckily this pain can be relieved with a massage.
#4: Faster recovery
As your circulation is improved your muscles will receive the nutrients it needs for repair.
Massage can also help remove scar tissue and help prevent further damage.
#5: Removes toxins
By improving blood flow, toxins like lactic and uric acid can be removed.
#6: Improve sleep
Through massage you can reduce muscle tension, which in turn will help your body to relax.
This will then help improve both the quality and quantity of your sleep.
Remember adequate sleep is important to ensure your muscles heal, and to prevent the overproduction of the hormones that cause you to overeat.
Now that you know the various benefits of massage, perhaps it is time to incorporate it into your own routine.