Despite its many benefits, there's no doubt weightlifting is a strenuous activity. Whether you do it to stay in shape, or you lift weights to win titles, the sheer physical nature of the activity taxes your body in many ways. Now, if you're an educated and cautious lifter, you do things such as wear support belts and lift with your legs to help alleviate some of the stress. You might also drink protein shakes to help build lean muscle, or take part in other exercise routines to complement your workouts. These are all excellent things to do, but did you know massage therapy also offers several benefits to you as a weightlifter? Let's take a look.
Massage Therapy Improves Flexibility and Circulation
When you lift weights, you are essentially damaging the muscles you work. It is during the body's repair of this damage that muscle building and strengthening take place. It is also during this time that muscles lose a bit of their flexibility. Decreased flexibility can lead to injury during workouts. Muscles need plenty of oxygen to do their job. After lifting weights, however, they tend to tighten up, which blocks the flow of blood throughout the body. Decreased circulation means your organs and muscles can't work efficiently. By adding massage sessions between weightlifting workouts, you improve the flexibility of your muscles and increase the flow of blood throughout your body to help lower your chances of injury.
Massage Therapy Alleviates Tension and Pain
Let's face it, life is stressful. Stress plays a big role on how our bodies respond to everything we do, including weightlifting. What's more, there's no denying a fair bit of pain accompanies a good workout. Weekly massage therapy sessions help relax your mind, body, and soul. Furthermore, you'll notice with regular massages between gym visits, you'll feel less achy after a rigorous workout.
Massage Therapy Promotes Restful Sleep
You perform better and your body heals faster when you've had plenty of restful sleep. Getting a good deep massage from a licensed massage therapist relaxes your muscles so your mind and body can rest comfortably. You'll sleep for longer stretches at night so you're more focused the next day.
Massage has a plethora of benefits, try one out for yourself today and feel the difference.
To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Ferndale, MI today.