Why Massage Post-Workout?
To achieve the results we want we push our bodies to the limit and just accept that aches and pains are just part and parcel of exercising. This doesn’t have to be the case. Athletes swear by post-workout massages to aid recovery after an intense session. It’s time we all take advantage of the post work out massage too. Massaging muscles after exercise doesn’t just feel good, it has a number of benefits you might not even know about.
After a workout or intense exercise your muscles become tight, causing pain in different parts of your body which increase overtime and can lead to serious injury. A simple short massage can help prevent pain by decreasing the soreness of your muscles.
Massaging after exercise can speed up recovery time by almost double compared to regular rest, this is due to the improved blood flow and increased nutrients and oxygen being spread to the muscles and other tissues. The massage can also help to unlock your muscles meaning the original range of motion is restored, which is important if you want to perform regular exercises regularly and more efficiently.
During exercise your body accumulates Lactic Acid which is one of the main contributors to muscle soreness after early fatigue during a workout. The massage can help to break up the deposits of Lactic Acid in your body and remove it from your muscles.
Not only is a massage important for faster recovery but after a strenuous workout it can be a great way of relaxing your mind as well as your body. This can help to achieve a good nights sleep, prevent fatigue and give you the extra energy you need for another day of physical activity.
How to Massage Effectively
To get started simply apply a small amount of FIT Massage Miracle to your fingers and rub into the desired area following these handy tips.
Start with your thumbs together and place behind the center of your calf, pull them apart towards the outside of your muscle and rub firmly in a circular motion.
Apply the Massage Miracle, take a tennis ball and sit right on it keeping it under one side of your gluten. Roll around to break up the knots and pause at extra sore spots for 15-30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.
Wrap one hand around your arm and firmly stroke from your elbow to your shoulder. Make sure to spend extra time on biceps and forearms which tend to be the most sore due to overuse. Use fingertip pads, rub in a circular motion.
Lightly hold your head with both hands, fingers up, and place your thumbs at the bottom of your skull. Rub small circles with your thumbs across the base. Next, take your fingertips and place both hands alongside the top of your spine, firmly pull them down towards your shoulders and away from each other. Apply pressure using small, firm strokes with three fingers.
Place your thumbs on either side of your spine and pull down toward your hips with long, even strokes. Next focus on specific sore spots, deeply circling your fingertips for 15-30 second. To finish place thumbs on hips, fingers down, and rub fingers upwards in a circular motion, pulling back your muscles away from your spine.
FIT Massage Miracle is formulated to enhance performance and speed recovery times. It contains menthyl to cool tired muscles and deliver instant pain relief, witch hazel to accelerate the healing process and OXY-FIT-10 fuels skin cell regeneration. Ginger extract gives it a refreshing ginger aroma and also helps to reduce pain & inflammation.