Massage Therapy: manual manipulation of soft body tissue (muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well being.
Athlete: a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. . .that's you!
If you are an athlete, how often do you get massages? Once a week, month or once every 3 months? Well, I am here to tell you that you should get a massage as often as you can and add it to your fitness routine. If you workout 3-6 times a week, you need to make sure that someone is massaging those muscles once every two weeks OR at least once a month!
Massage therapy has been used by elite athletes for many years. So much so, massage therapists are a specifically hired to be a part of their athletic staff. Even some of your favorite rock stars that live on the road, working concert to concert have their own personal massage therapist to keep their muscles in mobile and prevent future injuries while performing.
Whether you are a runner, multi-sport athlete or a rock star, getting a massage will keep you moving and performing at your best.
Benefits of Massage Therapy:
- Relaxes the muscles
- Provides a better range of motion
- Relaxes clenched muscles
- Helps to prevent future injuries
- Reduces the intensity of DOMS-Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
- Increase the number of white blood cells that help fight off infection
- Decreases the "stress hormone", cortisol
- Increases the balance of your body
Massage therapy should be a part of your regular fitness routine. I would suggest booking an appointment after one of your harder workouts or big event (marathon, 5K or athletic competition). If you can afford a massage every week or two, that is fantastic! I highly recommend that you get a massage 2-4 times a month. It's a great way to get your body moving in it's full range of motion and familiarize yourself with what your body can/can not do!
Please note if you have chronic back pain or imbalances in your body, seek professional help first. Talk to your doctor, physical therapist or personal trainer. They can direct you to a massage therapist that can work for you!