Recovery through Massage

TANYA SELBY
Massage Therapist

THE MOST REWARDING WAY TO KEEP FIT

We all know time is precious and it’s hard enough to find time for exercise. 'Recovery', one of the main ingredients to success somehow seems even harder to fit in!

I am a passionate runner and trained as a massage therapist to help others look after themselves, ensuring they can enjoy the thrill that exercise can give. Exercise can be addictive and one of the hardest things I learnt is slow down and not overdo it. Having a rest day might feel like you’re slacking off, but in reality, recovery gives your body and mind enough energy so you can improve and keep getting stronger.

Soreness or tiredness is a normal part of training but without time to catch up, through overuse and stress, muscles can stay in a contracted state, causing imbalances in the body which can lead to injury or at least a physical and mental plateau.

Massage is a great (and without any effort from you!) way to facilitate this recovery. It encourages your body into homeostasis, a place of balance where the body can repair and renew, enabling you to reach your full potential in sports performance and your daily life. Massage encourages blood circulation, carrying the necessary nutrients to your tissues to repair and re-energise. Sports massage will increase flexibility by stretching and relaxing the muscle and encouraging it to return back to its normal relaxed length. This will help to remove waste, reduce muscle cramps, increase muscle tone and limit the formation of adhesions. Just by relieving stress alone, massage can help to lower blood pressure and anxiety as well as manage pain. Sports Massage can also pin point any areas of tension to focus on further down the line.

If you feel good you will find it much easier to be ready and motivated to return to your next workout. This positivity goes well beyond the gym and massage could be the next step to ensure that you stay fit and healthy!

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