Massage therapy has become an important part in the complete workout cycle. More and more people who regularly participate in some form of fitness regiment realize that the workout cycle includes not only the exercise itself, but caring for the wear and tear and minor injuries that occur with strenuous activity.
Anyone who routinely pushes past their body's limits can benefit physically and psychologically from massage therapy. In fact, anyone who stresses their body on a regular basis may benefit. This includes mothers with new borns, physical laborers, and all of you who spend 10 hours a day in front of your computer!!
The benefits of massage therapy are:
-Reduction in the chance of injury
- Improvement in muscle flexibility and range of motion. This leads to improved power and performance.
-Shorten recovery time between workouts.
-Maximizes the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow.
-Enhances elimination of metabolic by products from exercise.
Therapeutic massage helps the body recover from the stresses of strenuous exercise, and facilitates the rebuilding phase of conditioning. The physiological benefits of massage include improved blood and lymph circulation, muscle relaxation, and general relief from stress. These, in turn, lead to removal of waste products and better cell nutrition, normalization and greater elasticity of tissues, deactivation of trigger points, and faster healing of injuries. What does all of this mean? It adds up to RELIEF from stiffness and soreness, better flexibility, and reduced potential of future injury.
Does massage therapy really help? Is it worth the money? YES, YES, YES!!! I'm a true believer in the addition of regular massage work. I have had my share of injuries, imbalances, and flexibility issues. I personally function better physically and psychologically with massage as part of my training regiment. I perform better in my workouts and race events. I have noticed that my body recovers faster from training, and my mood is better! Especially as I get older.
We place a lot of demands on ourselves. Everyone has some form of stress in their life. Try the healthy approach and add a massage into your monthly budget!! You will THANK yourself for it!
I would like to THANK Geri Jones, my massage therapist, for all of her blood, sweat, and tears with keeping me in my ZEN place and my body functioning to it's potential. It makes it easier to get out of bed in the morning! Set your oppointment today with Geri Jones, L.M.T. at 657-0787