Benefits of a Massage

OK, you have been training hard and are getting great results. Your training program is spot on, your nutritional approach is faultless and your motivation has never been higher. But no matter how well things are going you can always improve. An improvement might be in the form of 1 more kg on the bar, running a little faster or jumping that little bit higher. An improvement might also be in the form of increased recovery. Want to know of a 'secret' technique that only advanced athletes ever seem to use but is available to everyone - Massage Therapy. So what is Massage Therapy and how can it benefit you as an athlete? Massage includes a number of disciplines, which share the use of pressure, friction and strain upon the muscles and joints of the body for therapeutic or affectionate physical responses.

Some of the benefits of a good massage are as follows:

  • Increases and improves circulation
  • Reduces edema due to muscular inactivity
  • Improves skin Maintains flexibility in muscles so they can function at maximum potential
  • Stimulates organs and body systems by reflex stimulation
  • Relaxes the muscles Prevent fibrosis and adhesions in muscles
  • Decreases muscular atrophy
  • Decreases pain, stress, anxiety and tension
  • Improves immune system functions
  • Deepens respiration Enhances body awareness
  • Relieves mental and physical fatigue
  • Reduces hypersensitivity to touch
  • Improves digestion and elimination
  • Promotes the nutrition and health of the skin
  • Enhances circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids
  • Improves range of motion in joints
  • Encourages greater states of relaxation
  • Increases alertness and articleivity
  • Improves energy flow
  • Decreases scar tissue
  • Decreased pain
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Increased circulation
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased recovery speed
  • Eliminated tension headaches
  • Decreased stress tension
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Increased Postural Balance
  • Increased Calmness

To put it bluntly, a massage just plain old makes you feel good. If you feel better and more rested, chances are your performance on the sporting field will improve. So what are you waiting for, check in with your therapist and get relaxed.
 

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