Massage and exercise, reach your goals faster
Updated: Sep 15
By Mark Kelly
The effects of massage post workout have been researched over decades and some of the benefits are listed below. Your Mels Massage therapists are always happy to be a part of your training and recovery program!
Enhanced post-workout recovery
A professional, therapeutic massage by one of our qualified Mels Massage therapists helps to loosen muscles and remove toxins after an intense workout, which will reduce the time needed to recover better and faster than you would without a treatment. This means the possibility of more frequent workouts and quicker more noticeable results from your workouts.
Reduction of DOM’s - sore muscles
Your muscles, if you are pushing your body hard enough, can really ache after your workout. Massaging and stretching them can help return the muscle fibers to their neutral position, flush out toxins and get your blood flowing optimally again
Help your muscles work better by restoring fascia
During exercise more than just your muscles are worked. The connective fibers under the your skin and wrapped around the muscles known as your fascia are also put under immense strain. Your fascia can get clogged up/twisted up with repeated exercise, making it hard for muscles to slide past each other easily as intended. Myofascial release massage helps by loosening up those fibers so the muscles are doing what they're supposed to with much less effort.
Massage can increase flexibility
From the age of around 12 the human body starts to loose flexibility, exercise and frequent strain on muscles further reduces your flexibility, unless you regularly stretch or massage them back to a more neutral position.
Massage can make you feel happy. During a massage endorphins are released into the blood stream and cortisol is reduced, together this will be a great stress reliever.
The short answer is get a massage or do it yourself, if you can't get a professional treatment after every workout you can include regular self massage using a foam roller and massage ball. Researching correct stretching techniques is also a good idea so you get the best results from your stretching (and also you won’t end up on youtube on a “gym fails” clip).
A few other post workout tips to fast track your results:
Load up on magnesium
Magnesium helps in most processes related to building muscle and exercise in general. Muscle function, protein synthesis, nerve function, controlling blood glucose and production of energy. Cramping muscles are usually a sign that your magnesium levels are too low.
Eat protein and fats 30 to 60 minutes after a workout
After you have finished exercising, your muscles are ripe to absorb nutrients to start the repair process. Make sure to consult a nutritional expert to determine the correct proportions you should be consuming.
Sleep! Meditate! Relax! Whatever you have to do to de-stress, do it because it will help your body recover and repair after the gym.