A massage is one of the most relaxing and restorative things you can do for your body with several health benefits that justify indulging in them regularly. Whether you’re a dedicated athlete or maintain an active lifestyle for fun and fitness, your body responds to massage therapy in a variety of positive ways like helping to rejuvenate muscles, to increasing the levels of stress-reducing serotonin and everything in between. In fact, investing in regular massages ensures that your body can function at its optimal level and the best part is that you can improve yourself while laying down.
Exercising is all about getting the most out of your body but it’s impossible to do so if you don’t also let it recuperate. By the simple act of getting a massage, the body responds in two ways that will have long lasting effects to improve your overall performance. One benefit of massage therapy is what’s called a “mechanical response” which occurs when pressure is placed on the body’s soft tissues. This can stop muscle stiffness caused by exercise, improve the motion of joints that will help when both lifting weights and running distances and even aid in the desirable movement known as flexibility. The other benefit is “reflex response”. This is all about improving blood flow and body temperature which translates to a reduced heart rate, enhanced circulation and expelling the toxins that serve no positive purpose. It may even make the next work out feel a little bit easier.
But that’s not all. Massage can target genes within the muscles cells, which decreases inflammation, increases oxygen, and unleashes the energy needed to rejuvenate those cells. Rather than blocking pain with medication, massage gives natural pain relief by accessing your body’s own healing mechanisms. It does this by generating energy the cells need to recover and does it quickly.
While exercise is all about releasing endorphins, there is nothing more depressing than when an injury puts you out of action. If done regularly and properly, massage can reduce the risk of injury. While it isn’t magic, it does ignite the connective tissue and drive out fluids such as nitrogen, phosphorous and sulfur which like to hang around when an injury has occurred. Massage is a great friend to the recommended rest and relaxation when you need to fix any problems brought on by physical exertion.
With so many benefits, it’s hard to believe that some fitness enthusiasts don’t put in the effort to lay down and let an expert help the body. Often finding the time not onto to book, but also to get to a professional massage therapist can be stressful enough that it can cancel out some of the benefits. At Committed 2 Fitness we believe so strongly in offering mobile massage services to our clients all around Perth.