Physical Fitness and Massage: A Match Made in Heaven
May 2, 2016
With spring weather comes increased physical activity. It’s no secret that physical fitness has many positive benefits for a person’s mind and body, and that massage therapy can help improve overall health and wellness. Combining massage with physical activity can push individuals even further in reaching their wellness goals.
“Millions of people are hitting the gym and pushing their bodies to new limits; they may be unaware that adding massage therapy to their health and fitness routine can supercharge their workouts and improve all aspects of life,” says Monica Hahn, owner of Elements Massage. “Massage helps with muscle strength and can greatly improve recovery time, improving an individual’s ability to train.”
Physical activity is known to lower the risk for disease, relieve stress and release happy hormones, called endorphins, which put people in a generally better mood. Studies show strong evidence that physical activity in adults can lower the risk of early death, coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, adverse blood lipid profiles, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and colon cancer. Physical activity can improve cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness, as well as cognitive function, and help prevent weight gain and falls.
Marry that to massage therapy, which, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), helps to improve activity and efficiency by reducing pain, prevents injury, encourages mental focus and shortens recovery time between workouts; and the match is naturally beneficial.
“We have clients of all ages, backgrounds and activity levels. Many are shocked by how much of a difference a targeted massage makes in their athletic performance and mindset," says Marc Rochman, franchise owner of Orangetheory Fitness Greenbrae-Marin, whose new 3,600 square foot studio in Bon Air Center recently opened in early 2016. “After a 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness workout, recovery is certainly needed. Massage is a great option before your next workout as it not only improves conditioning, but it can help you maintain peak performance. Additionally, reducing stress can help the body recover faster from injury and relax tight muscles that can cause injuries.”
These benefits do not discriminate by age or physical fitness level. High school athletes can benefit from massage just as much as a retiree who hits the golf course a few days a week. Individuals who participate in exercise and are looking to gain that extra edge and overall well-being need to relax a little ... on the massage table.
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