Massage is one of the tools you can utilize in your quest for health, exercise is another. So how does massage fit into your training regimen?
Massage keeps the muscle tissue healthier, allows you to push farther and keeps you limber enough to avoid injuries. If you want to keep in top shape you must look after your muscle's resilience and massage will allow you to connect with your body in ways that are vital if you are pushing it to it's limit. Everyone wants to be healthy, nobody enjoys the inevitable injury that comes from overworking the body past it's tolerance.
It is suggested that you wait 24 hours after a massage to exercise to avoid injury. Massage works on the body very similarly to exercise and you certainly don't want to overdo it. If you absolutely MUST work out that day, do it before your massage and then take the rest of the day to let the bodywork 'sink into' the muscle tissue. Massage will affect your body for hours after the hands on portion is done. Give your body time to process the shift in fluids and tension and you will be much happier with the results.