Oftentimes, we tend to think of getting a massage as an indulgent luxury--something to help us destress and unwind. Besides being good for your mind, however, massage therapy can be an important part of your physical workouts.
When you get a massage, your muscles and tissues are gently stretched, moving fluids in your body, thereby speeding up the elimination of substances and toxins that occur after a workout. Lactic acid is responsible for the soreness of muscles, so having your muscles kneaded and flushing it out can speed up your recovery time. Regular massage therapy restores mobility faster, enabling you to exercise more frequently.
If you incorporate massage therapy into your fitness routine, it may help you stay in shape and speed up the recovery of injured muscles or tendons. Regular massages may also result in improved performance, and you may find it easier to increase your workout time (which is essential if you want to lose weight).
If you work out to lose weight, massage therapy can help you achieve your goals faster. Massage can break down fat cells which will be absorbed in the body. Massage also reduces cellulite and improves its appearance.
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