PROMOTING MUSCLE REPAIR
Although massage therapy induces relaxation and relieves aches and pains, many athletes turn to it to improve performance. Massage after an intense workout causes your muscles to enlarge and grow new mitochondria, the cell control centers responsible for converting nutrients into energy. Mitochondria growth increases faster with massage, improving endurance performance by increasing the rate that muscles use oxygen. Massage therapy increases the range of motion and decreases recovery time between intense workouts.
Massage therapy can help prevent injuries if you take advantage of it before conditioning to warm up your muscles and after to help muscles return to their relaxed state. Improving muscle flexibility can reduce your risk of injury. If you are injured, it can reduce your recovery time.
Massage Therapy offers other benefits to your body
Physical benefits include:
- Increased blood flow throughout the body
- Improved connective tissue healing
- Stabilized cortisol levels
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced heart rate
Psychological benefits include:
- Lower anxiety
- Mood improvement
- Better sleep
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