Massage 101

EASE PAIN/RECOVER QUICKER

In the saddle, in the gym, on the pitch – sore muscles are proof that you’ve pushed your body to the absolute limits. Massage is great for easing tired muscles after intense exercise. Designed to relax aching body parts post-workout, Athlete Performance Warming Massage Oil is perfect for working away knots and strains that have been picked up during exercise.

Massaging aching joints and muscles helps increase blood flow to the area and reduce the chances of injuries and strains in the future. Pick a massage oil that contains natural ingredients like ginger extract, which will help to ease tension and make the skin feel suppler. Incorporating massage into your training schedule can reduce and remove lactic acid build up in muscles and has been used to treat fibromyalgia, tennis elbow and lower back pain.

SLEEP

In addition to the physical benefits to your muscles, massage can have massive benefits when it comes to improving your sleep regime, allowing you to relax more easily. Studies suggest a regular rub down can go a long way in stopping broken sleep or disturbances throughout the night. Harnessing a regular and regimented sleeping pattern is important for any serious or amateur athlete.

STAY HEALTHY

Small research studies have found that a forty-five minute massage can increase white blood cell count and decrease the number of stress related hormones in the body, which have been found to lower immunity. Also, massage, incorporated correctly can reduce the number of headaches and limit how painful a headache feels.

MOODS AND STRESS

Helping to boost the levels of dopamine and serotonin in your body, massage is great for allowing you to feel great and tackle stress and anxiety. After a long massage, you’ll often be left with a renewed sense of clarity and perspective; massages close relation to the release of oxytocin, helps to revitalise the body.

Deep tissue massage has also been proven to lower high blood pressure and reduce the heart rate, two symptoms often associated with anxiety. Massage is perfect not only post-race but also pre-race build-up in relieving worries and nerves. Combine your massage regime with the sensual and soothing essential oil, lavender, perfect for lifting stress right off your shoulders.

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