Not only can massage reduce stress and relieve anxiety, but it also has tangible fitness benefits. Massage is now recognized as an important part of a complete physical fitness routine. Here’s how you can incorporate massage into your fitness regimen.

The Fitness Benefits of Massage:

Massage has a number of fitness related benefits. They include:

▪                Increased blood flow to the muscles, so that they’re better nourished. Fatigued muscles need the oxygen and nutrients that increased blood flow supplies, so that your body can build more muscle tissue and make your muscles stronger and denser.

▪                Eliminate lactic acid and other toxins that can build up in the muscles during a workout, so you’ll need less recovery time after a workout.

▪                Improves flexibility and range of motion in muscles and joints. It also strengthens connective tissues and can help your muscles and tissues heal faster.

Adding Massage to Your Fitness Routine:

If you exercise for 3-5 times a week, it’s easy to add massage to your fitness routine. If possible, schedule a professional massage once or twice a week. If you work out for longer than 30 minutes and more often than three to five times a week, or if you’ve just performed a particularly hard workout, you may want to consider a sports massage.

A sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that’s administered within two hours of your workout. Most spas and gyms offer sports massages; take advantage of this service after a particularly hard workout. You can also get a shorter, pre-workout sports massage to help stimulate your muscles and enhance your workout. Pre-workout sports massages are administered no longer than 45 minutes before your workout.

If you have been looking for a way to improve your fitness routine, consider massage therapy. If you have any questions related to structural integration or massage, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 801-897-8711.

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