3 Ways Massages Can Give Your Workouts a Boost
Massages are commonly thought of as a way of relaxing, and don’t get us wrong—they certainly are relaxing. However, massages can boost your workouts, making them even better for your body. Our workout culture in the United States is very go, go, go, with little relaxation and recovery. This is great and has given people the results they want, but there is always a price your body pays when it does not get to properly recover. Even taking a few minutes to stretch after the gym will help your body and muscles recover.
For the ultimate recovery though, with a sprinkle of relaxation, massages are what you are going to want to do, and here’s why!
Helps with Recovery
Encouraging recovery is one of the biggest ways a massage can boost your workouts in the gym. If it takes scented candles and oils, a relaxing spa experience, and a fancy bathrobe to get people to consider recovery vital in their exercises, so be it. One of the reasons recoveries are so important after a long, hard workout is because of your muscles. Your muscles get ripped and torn when you work them out, which is great because that’s how they get stronger. Although, they do need to be loosened up and stretch out to properly recover. Getting a massage allows your muscles to recover at a faster rate than usual. This is due to the methods and handy work our masseuses do.
Flexibility is often looked over when working out; nonetheless, it plays an important role in how you work out. When you are lifting weights in the gym flexibility is playing a key role in how deep you can squat, or how far you can bend. Without flexibility in motion, your body would not be able to go as deep into the movements you do to gain muscle. While you do not need to be able to put your legs behind your head, or anything crazy, having a foundation of basic flexibility can be a game-changer. Flexibility is also important for avoiding injuries. When your body is more flexible you have a wider range of movement. The stiffer you are, the more likely you are to overdo it and strain a muscle. This can result in your being out of the gym for days and even weeks. Getting massages regularly can help your body stretch out and increase flexibility.
Have you ever heard of the phrase mind over matter? It’s a commonly used phrase people say when they are trying to motivate themselves or others to hit the gym. There is some truth to the phrase too. Going to the gym is as hard physically as it is mentally, especially when you are just starting. Once you begin to see results and find a routine you may even find the gym to be a fun stress relief; however, no one starts off their relationship with fitness that way. Pushing yourself to go to the gym every single day, even when you do not want to is not always as healthy as it sounds. Instead, going as much as you can and sticking to a routine that works for you is best. And throwing in a little massage recovery session now and again is a perfect motivation and mental boost you need. Massages can relax your body and your mind. Sometimes we get drained and need a little relaxation and me time before we find that willpower and strength to hit the gym again. The mind over matter phrase needs recharging from time to time, and what better way to do it than a massage with fitness benefits.
Whether you are seeking a massage for relaxation benefits or fitness benefits or both, Coastal Wellness Center is here for you. Our licensed massage therapists have been giving massages for years and know all of the tricks to make you feel your best. Have any concerns or goals in mind? Let our team know and we can even make sure your massage feels personalized to your needs. When you step into Coastal Wellness Center your relaxation is our priority. To learn more about our massages or to book an appointment, give us a call today at (954) 752-2950.