Benefits of Massage:
The benefits of massage are numerous, often times impacting a person’s awareness of their own self in ways never imagined. When done on a regular basis, massage can help a person begin to learn their own “place in space”, enhancing their proprioceptive awareness. Once we begin to identify what our muscles should feel like at their proper resting length, we can begin to find our own “home base” to build upon. It is from this awareness that we can strengthen our bodies from inside-out, deepening the relationship between mind-and-body that is so often talked about these days. We are the best advocates for our own bodies! No one knows our limitations and potential better than ourself, and massage is a wonderful, effective, safe way to discover both these limits and possibilities!
“Massage has been shown to have numerous health benefits (physical and mental) in addition to its positive impact on sports performance. Massage can be used not just to treat injuries, but ideally it can be incorporated into your regular routine for injury prevention. What makes Experience Massage unique is not just their skill and knowledge level, but that their therapists are accomplished endurance athletes. They understand your goals and motivation. This holistic approach is invaluable to the athlete from my perspective.” – Dr Steven E. Mayer.
- Massage can help break any inefficient muscular patterns we develop throughout the day, and reinforce the good patterns.
- Massage can help increase range-of-motion and flexibility within healthy joints.
- Massage helps reset muscle length for more effective muscular contraction—ideal for athletes who are looking to optimize performance!
- Massage works to break down adhesions that form within muscles and surrounding tissue and joints. This helps optimize muscle performance, and also helps with injury prevention.
- Massage is the perfect complement for those using Physical Therapy and Chiropractic modalities to help with structural and functional maintenance and recovery from injury.
I’ve personally used massage for over a decade to reduce injuries, get ready to race and to recover faster after my events! If you’re an endurance athlete and you’re not using massage to improve your game, you should add it to your training program! – Joe LoPresto. Founder, Head Coach & Race Director. Experience Triathlon
- Massage has been scientifically shown to help with numerous physiological functions of the body. It has been shown to improve lymphatic flow, and reduce edema and pain assosicated with edema.
- It can lower the chance of scar tissue formation, and help remove metabolic wastes that are left behind from edema and inflammation.
- Several studies have demonstrated that massage can reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
- Massage can positively affect the central, peripheral and autonomic systems in the body, helping address sources of pain, and stopping the nociceptive (painful) nerve firing. (Fiona Rattray & Linda Ludwig, “Clinical Massage Therapy” 2001)
- Massage can help deliver oxygen and nutrition to tissue cells through an increase in blood flow through the capillaries. (Fiona Rattray & Linda Ludwig, “Clinical Massage Therapy” 2001)
- Relaxation and an increased sense of well-being are two of the most sought-after reasons that people seek out massage. In today’s fast-paced society, this benefit alone gives much credence to the positive effect massage can have on the human body and the human soul.
- As one relaxes during their treatment, diaphragmatic breathing is easier to employ in oneself. This method of breathing helps deliver more oxygen through the body, and helps to increase our parasympathetic (or “rest & digest”) awareness.