Some years ago, a project called the Biosphere 2 was created as a research tool for scientists to study the Earth’s living systems in a way that didn’t harm the planet. One of the most profound discoveries made by the scientists had nothing to do with a cure for some new disease, but with the wind’s role in a tree’s life.
The trees inside Biosphere 2 grew more rapidly than they did outside of the dome, but they also fell over before reaching maturation. What they discovered was a lack of stress wood. Without it, a tree can grow quickly, but it cannot withstand normal wear and tear to survive. In other words, the trees needed some stress in order to thrive in the long run.
Just like the trees, our bodies need periodic stress – through working out – to grow strong and capable in order to meet the demands of our lives in a healthy manner. Today we’re sharing 5 types of massages that can aid in recovery following stress.
5 Massage Techniques for Post-Workout Recovery
1. Swedish: This type of massage helps flush metabolic wastes from your muscles, assisting in recovery from training and injury while promoting relaxation and relief from mental and physical stress.
2. Deep Tissue: This is a vigorous, focused massage that targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to break up adhesions and release chronically tight muscles. It’s often used to treat TMJ disorders, sciatica, and repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel or tennis elbow.
3. Reflexology: With this Chinese practice, the therapist targets the reflex areas in the feet thought to be connected to specific body parts and internal organs, helping stimulate endorphins, increase energy, eliminate toxins and boost metabolism.
4. Sports Massage: This type of massage can improve athletic performance, speed recovery and prevent/treat injuries. The therapist manipulates the muscles used most in your sport to break up scar tissue and improve mobility.
5. Thai: This treatment is a blend of assisted yoga, acupressure, passive stretching and vigorous massage with the aim of reducing stress, promoting flexibility and improving range of motion.
The bottom line is that your body needs to stress and recover, often. By incorporating regular massage, you’ll increase your resiliency to the winds of life. Call us today to schedule an appointment so we can determine which type of massage is best for you.