With fitness goals and resolutions at the forefront of our minds this New Year, it is easy to focus on action and less on recovery. Here’s why you should welcome the new decade with massage therapy to keep your body and mind healthy, motivated and prepared to achieve your fitness goals.
IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR BEGINNERS
Whether you are fresh at the gym, taking your first rock climbing class or learning to cycle, massage therapy is essential for your new fitness endeavors. Engaging unfamiliar muscle groups can lead to discomfort, which can, unfortunately, result in a lack of motivation to continue forging forward. Dr. Melissa Leber of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai puts an emphasis on an athlete’s recovery. She shares that “when you’re training really hard — for example, like a U.S. Open athlete — you’re trying not only to stay motivated and driven, but you’re also trying to recover in between these hard workouts.” Massage therapy gives your body the opportunity for a quicker recovery by decreasing muscle tension, reducing inflammation and increasing the percentage of regenerating muscle fibers.
IT IS A MENTAL GAME
The common saying ‘Mind over Matter’ is relevant for new and seasoned athletes alike. Though it takes focus, the willpower of a human is a force to be reckoned with. Massage therapy activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which results in stress relief, reduced anxiety and allows for relaxation. Because of reduced cortisol levels and an increase in dopamine and serotonin, one is able to have a clearer sense of focus on their goals.
IT IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO PREVENT INJURY
While massage therapy is an excellent way to unwind and alleviate pain, it is also a highly effective way to help prevent against injury. Increased blood flow allows the body to better circulate oxygen and nutrients, all while removing carbon dioxide and other waste products. Massage therapy relaxes muscles, which results in better flexibility and a lesser likelihood of suffering an injury during your workout.
Massage Therapy of Boston would like to wish you a happy new year, full of ambition, determination and healing!
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