Whether you are a weekend warrior, serious athlete, or somewhere in between the two, regular massage therapy is becoming an important part of wellness programs. New and exciting research in this area is also now providing evidence of the effectiveness of massage.
While the benefits of using massage for stress relief, improving post-workout recovery, or treating soft tissue injuries are well known. Perhaps one of its greatest benefits, other than feeling really, really nice, is that massage can help in preventing injuries. Gone is the mentality of pushing through aches and pain and now the trend is showing that fitness enthusiasts are taking preventative measures before the injury happens.
Heavily exercised muscles are prone to being chronically tight (hypertonic) and unable to relax. This lack of flexibility can predispose a muscle to soreness, tears and pulls. Your massage therapist can help you reduce your chance of injury by improving the range of motion at your joints and increasing muscle flexibility.
The overall objective of regular, sports-related massage therapy is to help clients reach optimal performance through injury-free training. Regular massage gives your massage therapist the opportunity to find the areas unique to YOU that need to be addressed.
Make registered massage therapy a part of your regular wellness and fitness routine!
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it's also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies.
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The quadratus lumborum, or QL, is a common source of lower back pain. Stretching this muscle is an excellent way to help relieve the pain and discomfort from long hours seated in front of computer or at a desk.
|Stretch:||Seated Quadratus Lumborum Stretch|
Chair, preferebly one NOT on wheels
• Lean forward from hips and grab hold of opposite ankle
• Stretch to the point of tension and hold for 30 seconds
• Sitting on the edge of the chair may increase the stretch
|Helpful for:||Low back pain or discomfort|
Start a journal.
This can be a simple notebook or a computer document. Use it to track your progress, record your successes and learn from your mistakes. When you
have a bad day, use it to remember why you chose these goals and how far you've come.
Journaling about your resolution goes nicely with a goal towards losing weight or exercising more. In fact, it has been shown that study participants who keep a food diary have better success than those who don't. Here are some tips from the experts:
Food Diary Tip No. 1: Know Your Reasons
Food Diary Tip No. 2: Choose Your Format
Food Diary Tip No. 3: Decide How Often to Update
Food Diary Tip No. 4: Decide How Detailed You Want to Be
Food Diary Tip No. 5: Be Accurate About Portion Sizes
Food Diary Tip No. 6: Include the 'Extras' that Add Up
Food Diary Tip No. 7: Beware of Common Obstacles
Food Diary Tip No. 8: Review What You Wrote