The Benefits of Regular Massage
In this blog post we will discuss the benefits of having a regular massage and what it can do for you.
Let’s begin with the benefits you can expect from a massage; how making a massage a part of your regular body maintenance it can help you achieve a better quality of life, better results in the gym and an advantage in your chosen sport.
Studies have shown that Massage can be an effective treatment for relieving muscle tension, pain, gaining more (ROM) Range of Motion, boosting your circulation and reducing the risk of an injury. Other benefits you may experience is a reduction in stress and anxiety within your life.
Why is getting a regular massage important?
Firstly, giving yourself time out to relax is so important. We all live in such a busy world these days that we forget that we need time for ourselves sometimes.
Secondly, having a trained professional monitoring the changes to your body, such as posture and tight muscles, on a regular basis can help identify changes to the body that you may not be aware of.
Thirdly, and above all if massage can assist in reducing your risk of an injury which could take you away from your family/friends, work, and sport, why wait. A favorite saying of mine is, “You don’t wait for your car to breakdown before you get it serviced. You service it so it doesn’t break down.”
So how often should I get a massage?
This depends greatly on the individual but let me give you some questions to ask yourself.
- What type of work that you do? If it’s physical and you lift heavy items throughout the day, or an Office job were you’re sitting for long periods; both of these will have different effects on your body.
- The intensity of your exercise, days per week and rest time; this includes Gym and Sports.
- Do you suffer from an injury? Do you see another professional for this injury?
- How often do you experience stress or anxiety, and do you feel that you carry that with you?
I have clients that book in weekly, fortnightly and monthly but my rule of thumb is you know your body, stress levels and how much you have to spend on keeping personal maintenance in check. My advice is finding what works for you and commit to it. The most important thing is that you feel better for focusing on yourself.