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http://www.ecobeautica.com/ (Sunday, 27 September 2015 15:24)
There’s a new demographic embracing the benefits of massages: the athletic male.
While professional athletes have long utilized massages as an effective performance aid, their use never seemed to trickle down to the everyday sporty guy. Yet, as recently reported in Men’s Fitness
Magazine, massages are now being more commonly relied on in neighborhood gyms and in amateur sports.
This growing viewpoint into the practical uses of massages has also warmed more and more men to the idea of massages in general, including for relaxation. More men, in fact, now receive gift
certificates for spas than ever before, usually for professional massages. Hopefully the experience will open their minds to perhaps microdermabrasion or Guinot treatments.
Massage for the athlete helps build flexibility, aids with sore muscles and can actually help boost immunity. As MensFitness reported, old injuries that haunt athletes can be significantly reduced
through the proper pressure therapies. A professional applies the appropriate level of pressure to painful trigger points, signaling the brain to relax that area, which immediately begins helping
with blood flow.
Another extremely practical way in which massage helps the athlete and non-athlete alike is by stimulating white blood cell circulation, which boosts immunity but can also be used in a more targeted
therapy. Lymphatic massage to certain nodes, for instance, can help direct the body’s own natural healing property to specific areas.
Too many athletes only massage what they can themselves get their hands on, meaning they’re usually less likely to ask a workout buddy to lend a hand. This of course means some of their muscles
receive the full benefits of massage, while others go entirely neglected. This appears to be changing however, as more team sports programs begin embracing the broader therapeutic benefits.
Men’s Fitness recommends athletes target larger muscles which are used frequently in the individual’s workout routine, often the hamstrings and quads, They suggest 3 times a week as a minimum for
massaging these muscles for those who work out regularly. Doing so has been shown to improve performance, endurance and even attitude.
Beyond just the muscular logic of just how much massages can aid athletes physically, it’s impossible not to notice the other great benefits they offer beyond the ballpark. As athletes also attest,
the ways in which a massage can rejuvenate mind and body can be profound.
So perhaps then the lesson here is reversed. Those who have long enjoyed the calming, soothing aspects of a professional massage were simply overlooking the powerful physical advantages.
Not likely - after all that’s the power of a good massage. Whether you come in for a sore back or just a mind-numbing schedule, you usually leave fully aware of both the physical and mental
transformation it offers.
Maybe jocks will embrace facials next.
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