Not only is your massage in Cape Town beneficial after your workout, fitness activities and exercise, but there are also many benefits of massage after your yoga class, pilates session or sports activity. Weekend Warriors can especially benefit from post-exercise massage.
Massage is the skilled application of the correct pressure to soft tissues. The type of massage is determined by the location and pressures involved. For example, Swedish massage and Hot Stone massage are full body, cleansing and relaxing approaches to massage while deep tissue, sports, and remedial massage are area, treatment or injury specific approaches.
The Benefits Of Massage
To review the many health benefits of massage:
- Massage reduces low-back pain and improves your range of motion.
- Relaxes injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Massage improves your overall circulation and vascular health.
- Reduces pain and swelling while reducing your dependence on pain medication.
- Increases immunity by stimulating your lymphatic flow.
- Stretches and lengthens your weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Sports massage prepares athletes for, or helps recover from strenuous workouts.
- Massage improves skin elasticity and the condition of your skin.
- Increases joint flexibility and your range of motion.
- Reduces anxiety and depression while relieving headaches or migraine pain.
- Reduces scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Releases your body’s natural painkillers, called endorphins.
Benefits Of Sports Massage
Both amateur and professional athletes have found pre-workout and post-training massage beneficial in their athletic training. As a warm-up, massage increases blood flow, warming the muscles and carrying higher levels of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles tissues. Massage prepares your body for training, on the track, in the gym or on the court.
After training, your Cape Town massage can be an excellent cool-down method, maintaining your increased blood flow to remove waste products and toxins from your muscles. Sports massage, deep muscle massage after a workout, can help your muscles grow new mitochondria improving endurance and performance. These mitochondria are major power sources for your body, and an increased number means an increased rate at which your muscles utilize oxygen. Sports massage also relieves muscle tension, muscle spasms, reduces Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and reduces the formation of scar tissue, all allowing the athlete to enjoy quicker recovery time and a greater ability to train harder.
Improved Athletic Performance
World class athletes get massages because it improves their performance and speeds recovery. Sports massage before an athletic event will warm up and stimulate the muscles and afterwards, bring your body back to your pre-stressed “normal” state.
Massage can also be used to maintain flexibility and range of motion. Thai yoga massage, for example, focuses on passive stretching performed by the massage therapist which keeps you flexible, limber and helps to prevent injury.
Yoga develops your spirit, mind, and body. Once you practice yoga over an extended period of time, you may find “enlightenment” a deep contentment through flexibility exercise, breathing techniques and meditation. Yoga in Cape Town helps to improve your circulatory system, digestive system, skeletal bones, metabolic rate, respiratory system, muscular strength and flexibility, plus your nervous and lymphatic systems. When combined with massage, Yoga not only focuses on your physical being, but also your mental and spiritual growth. Yoga and massage are ideally suited and complement each other.
Thai Yoga massage does in fact combine yoga with massage and can be traced back thousands of years to India. Thai Yoga Massage consists of gentle movements performed by a trained therapist using the hands, feet, knees, and legs, combined with a therapeutic massage that releases your inner energy and helps it to flow freely. This free-flow of energy helps to prevent or relieve lower back pain, menstrual pain and cramps, migraine headaches, all while relieving stress. Thai Yoga massage also increases energy and naturally improves your circulation as both the practitioner and the receiver are “blessed” by this massage and each receives benefits.
Additional Benefits Of Massage
Massage and sports massage in Cape Town are remarkably relaxing and provide mood enhancement, better sleep patterns and helps you handle stress. Massage also improves your overall health, corrects poor circulation and improves cardiac response and vascular health. Massage reduces recovery times after injury or intense training and reduces scar tissue, skin elasticity and reduces the occurrence of stretch marks.
Massage Benefits Increase With Frequency
The benefits of your massage increase with the frequency you receive from a massage. Frequent and regular massage therapy can improve your health and mood today and may also improve the quality of your life as you age. Allowing both time and money for massage therapy should be considered an investment in your health and part of your lifelong natural health care plan. Though you may feel as though you are pampering yourself, keep in mind that massage is also therapy that also feels good!
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