Massage is highly effective in exercise recovery and these are my top 5 reasons why:
- It improves blood flow so your muscles receive more oxygen and nutrients.
- It relaxes tight/sore muscles.
- Reduces the chance of experiencing DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). You know, when it is hard to stand up from sitting two days after a workout.
- Prevents injury.
- Increases flexibility.
So when is the best time to have a massage when you are training?
Ok, so say you are doing a weight session and 2x cardio sessions a week. The best time to get a massage is after the weight session. A weight session is more likely to give you the DOMS, and when you use weights you are actually building, strengthening and toning the muscle. Cardio is more for cardiovascular health than purely muscle building and toning. When you are planning your workout routine remember to book in a regular massage as an important treatment to help you become stronger, fitter and injury free.