Whether you are training for the Olympics or a small athletic goal you’ve set for yourself, massage can help improve your performance. For runners, cyclers, hikers, swimmers, and basically any other activity that uses your body, the attention to health and wellness promoted by the art of massage therapy is key in helping you take leaps and bounds forward with your training routine.
Therapeutic massage has been used around the world to help people achieve their peak performance for many years. How it works is that muscles can easily become overworked through rigorous training schedules and overuse. The benefits of massage come into play by helping to prevent injury by improving muscle elasticity through stretching and lengthening shortened muscles. This can grant any athlete a leg up on the competition or can give you a boost towards accomplishing your own goals.
Massage can also help your body process stored toxins that accumulate in muscles after use. This lactic-acid build-up is what makes you feel sore after activity. By boosting circulation and oxygenating your blood, massage helps facilitate a speedier removal of metabolic waste therefore enabling you to train harder and more frequently.
A recent study from the American Massage Therapy Association found that other benefits of massage are:
- Reduction in pain and muscle tension
- Prevention of injury
- Decreased soreness
- Improved agility
- Enhanced performance
- Improved focus
- Shortened recovery time
- Boosted range of motion
This combination of physiological effects and psychological effects provide a unique mixture to boost your activity of choice. Making massage therapy a regular part of your training regimen also has cumulative benefits. To maximize you potential athleticism, it is recommended to seek out a massage session at least once a week when training for a big competition. If you are looking for routine maintenance for your muscles and to help relieve stress and anxiety, at least one visit to a massage studio a month will help you find balance. At Elements Ken Caryl, we’d love to be on your team. Come in and talk to us today about how we can help you achieve your training goals.