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Should I Get a Massage Before or After Working Out?

Oct 24, 2013

Ashley H.
Elements Chandler West

"I would say to work out first, then get a massage. With the workout, you contract your muscles and get your lymphatic and circulatory systems moving; massage can help to "iron out" or evenly distribute these fluids and toxins."

Gladys G.
Elements Medford

"I would say you can get a sports massage prior, which will help with flexibility as well as durability. After, I would recommend Swedish massage which should help with recovery and relax your body."

Trina S.
Elements Centennial

"Getting a massage after working out is more beneficial to your body. It helps flush lactic acid buildup out of muscle fiber and reduce recovery time. It also depends on whether you are competing, in which case an invigorating pre-competition massage is great to get you ready.  Then a post-event massage to flush toxins and help relax and recover is beneficial."

Hillary W.
Elements Westford

"I think both before and after are good times to get a massage; both offer different benefits. Getting a massage before working out allows the muscles to get warmed up and stretched out. Receiving a massage after lets the body and muscles help relax a bit smoother and help with not being so sore."

Brittany H.
Elements Glendale

"I would work out first, then get your massage. When you work out, your body releases lactic acid. Getting a massage after will help move that out of your body faster. If you tense up during your workout and had gotten your massage before, you may feel that you need another to loosen you back up. And remember to always shower between your workout and your massage."

Michelle J.
Elements Marlborough

"I think you should get a massage before you go to the gym because it relaxes your muscles to be in a more natural state so that when you do work out they are functioning properly and you are getting the best results."

Sheila B.
Elements Lake Conroe

"Before a workout to help with warming up and after a workout to help with soreness."

Angel W.
Elements Florence

"I say massage after, so I can help with flushing, stretching and cooldown and any issues they have.  I recommend taking it easy and letting the massage work the rest of the day.  I explain to the client that working out or doing a lot of activity after the massage can undo the massage, especially if they came in for some serious work because they came in with issues.  You can always ask before the massage what the rest of their day entails to give the proper massage and advice."

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Comments (5)

ASIF NADUKJKANDY on Mar 10, 2016
I think Massage has different types. Normal Superficial massage, deep tissue massage and just myofacial release. After work outs Deep tissue massage is not advicable.

mama shania on Jun 27, 2016
Is better and advisable to have workouit first then after that you go for massage just coz it can help you to take out toxicants and at the same time relax your muscles that contract during work out so you can feel more better after workout then massage

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Eduardo on Aug 07, 2016
Want ed to ask if Massage is recommended after a boxing fight

deepak on Aug 31, 2016
advantages of work out same advantagea of massage