When you are getting over a sports injury or you are just sore and tired from a work out, getting a massage might be your last idea to try but massage therapy has great benefits for anyone who’s athletic from yoga practitioners, football players and even marathon runners. Here’s 7 ways massage therapy at Sunrinity can keep you well and fit for your favorite sport.

Massage therapy can help boost the immune system. Massage helps you more than just helping you relax, it helps work not only your muscles other systems in the body, like your lymphatic system, removing toxins from the body. Studies have shown that regular massage not only helps relieve stress but can naturally increase the body’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) but also aids the body to fight against bacteria and infection.

Massage also aids circulation by facilitating circulation of the blood by the pressure created by your therapist. When you have poor blood circulation, you can suffer from many things, including fatigue and achiness thanks to lactic acid in the muscles. Massage helps move the blood through the congested areas of the body. It then causes new blood to move to the area, flushing waste from the body and resulting in lower blood pressure.

It also aids in helping you get a great night’s rest and nothing helps a workout more than the rest. Sleep is important and the helpful benefits of a relaxing massage will get you the rest you need.

Massage therapy can also aid you in relax after a stressful situation. Say you’ve had a rough workout of several sets of weights. Maybe your cardio workout was a little harder than you thought. Maybe you’ve just finished a race or a marathon. Massage is one way to get your body back into a relaxed stated after those situations by helping your muscles loosen up and calming you down. So if you see a massage being offered after that 5k, take it.

Maybe you’ve been away from the gym too long? Are you just getting back to a workout after an injury? Massage therapy can help you work and stretch those weak, tight or even atrophied muscles. It’s used a lot to help monitor muscle tone and help your range of motion. It can also help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly. Work with your therapist at Sunrinity for what’s right for you.

Along with keeping you in the game, it’s important to stretch before and after an exercise and massage therapy can help with that. Moving that lactic acid that you may have built up during your workout through your system by stretching before hand and getting regular massages may even enhance your athletic performance.

Last but not least, it promotes relaxation. All the daily stresses we have to deal with build up over time. Late for work, stuck in traffic or even a hard day at the office can lead to an unhealthy buildup of stress. Massage therapy at Sunrinity can help. Massage has been shown to decrease stress in the body, even after a workout. This allows your body to enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode: an effect that lingers long after the massage is over. In fact, massage triggers a host of brain chemistry responses that can result in lasting feelings of relaxation, lowered stress and improved mood.

Be sure to talk to your therapist at Sunrinity for what massage would keep you at the top of your game.

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