Up until the last few decades, massage therapy was primarily utilized by athletes. Even today, almost every professional team in the United States has a massage therapy crew, along with team doctors, to help their players perform to the best levels possible. Because of this, the benefits of receiving massages for those who exercise has been studied a great deal.
Some of the benefits of athletes getting massages are fairly obvious. Massages help reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation. They reduce muscle hypertonicity. This improves the soft tissue function and decreases muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise. No one would be particularly surprised by any of these.
Other benefits however, are a little less obvious. For example, receiving massages helps athletes be able to better monitor their true muscle tone instead of just feeling if a muscle is tight or not. Receiving massage regularly helps those who exercise have less delayed onset muscle soreness and decreases the chance of injuries. It also helps breathing pattern disorders and improves recovery for heart rate variability after high-intensity exercise.
Best of all, regular massage therapy enhances athletic performance.
The good news is you don’t have to be a super-athlete like Michael Phelps of LeBron James to benefit from massage therapy. Even casual exercisers can reap the rewards of receiving massages during training.
Just make sure to let your massage therapist know what your goal is so they can tailor the treatment to your needs.Tags: exercise, massage therapy