Massage Therapy is defined as the manual manipulation of soft body tissues to enhance a person's health and well being. When most think of getting a massage, they only think of relaxation. Anytime we can relax is good right? Did you know that in addition to relaxation, massage therapy has several other benefits?
Including massage therapy in your fitness journey could help enhance exercise performance, reduce muscle tension and increase range of motion by keeping your muscles relaxed and stretched. (Not to mention helping to work through the aches and stiffness)
Here are a few more benefits of massage therapy:
• Relieves stress
• Relieves postoperative pain
• Reduces anxiety
• Manages low back pain
• Relieves tension headaches
• Helps with sleep
• Lowers blood pressure
• Helps to rehabilitate sports injuries
Remember to always use a licensed massage therapist that you trust. It is okay and often encouraged to ask questions until you find a massage therapist that is right for you. Also, consult your doctor if you have a medical condition and is unsure if massage would be appropriate for you.