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Exercise and Massage Therapy



Exercise and Massage Therapy

 

Massage therapy is not just for athletes! If you are serious about your strength and conditioning program, massage therapy should be a part of your routine. Find a massage therapist suitable for your tastes and needs.

You can perform self massage every day using self myofascial release with foam rolls. You can increase the elasticity in your muscles by improving your flexibility. The foam roller is one of the most effective techniques for releasing tension while improving mobility. Foam rolling exercises will release and organize your muscles, as well as release and align your skeletal system. Muscle injuries such as strains and tears and broken bones can be avoided with proper flexibility and skeletal alignment. You'll immediately feel the effectiveness of SMFR.

Benefits of massage therapy include improved flexibility, improved circulation, relief of muscle tension and soreness (relaxation) and decreased fatigue/improved recovery. Massage therapy between workouts will definitely shorten your recovery time and improve exercise performance.

If you treat your soft tissues (muscles, skin, tendons, etc.) better, you will find that your workouts will be more efficient. You will also be less susceptible to injuries. A tight, rigid and fatigued body is a precursor to certain injury.

You should not do hard exercise after a massage. Wait until the following day to do cardio and weight lifting sessions. In part 2 of this series, I will discuss some the the massage therapies that are good for serious exercisers.

If you treat your soft tissues (muscles, skin, tendons, etc.) better, you will find that your workouts will be more efficient. You will also be less susceptible to injuries. A tight, rigid and fatigued body is a precursor to certain injury. Find a massage therapist (type) that works for you and your exercise goals.

There are hundreds of types of massage therapies. I will discuss a few just to give you an idea of what to look for.

Swedish Massage - Its purpose is to increase circulation and blood flow. The massage strokes are often in the direction of the heart. Oil or other lotions are used to allow for smooth massage strokes.

Deep Tissue Massage - This type of massage is a favorite among exercisers because it focuses on joints and muscle groups. The massage therapist pinpoints deep layers of the soft tissues to relieve pain or stress.

Neuromuscular Therapy - This type of massage is used to address postural imbalances. The massage is used to reduce pain/tension and strengthen the soft tissues.

Myoskeletal Alignment Technique - Postural distortions are identified and corrected using Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and myofascial techniques are used to lengthen tight muscles and tone weak or inhibited muscles.

Structural Muscular Balancing - Chronic contraction in the muscles are released through gentle massage techniques.

Use massage therapy as a tool to help you reach your fitness goals with as little pain and injury as possible.




About the Author:

Mark Dilworth, Performance Enhancement Specialist and Former NCAA Division I Athlete

General Fitness: http://www.myfitnesshut.blogspot.com/

Women’s Fitness: http://www.herfitnesshut.com/

Sports Fitness: http://www.sportsfitnesshut.blogspot.com/

Take some time and visit these sites to learn more about health and fitness. Also, take advantage of a free fitness assessment and nutrition assessment. You can contact Mark at (512) 289-8879 or email him at info@markdilworthfitness.com



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