The Benefits of Massage after Exercise

Oct 9, 2019 | Explained

Updated 15/10/2023

Not sure if you should get a massage after you exercise?  In this article we explain why we recommend it.


The Top Three Benefits of a massage after exercise

New Year, new me, this phrase may sound all too familiar, if you, like many of us have overindulged this Christmas! Don’t worry you’re not alone, as many of our masseurs are also back on the New Year health drive too! Sticking to your weight loss and exercise resolution is easy at the beginning, especially with the amount of discounts gyms are offering in Leeds city centre. However, we are now nearly towards the end of January, the cold weather has definitely arrived, and the aches after a workout is making it much harder to stick to our resolutions. So, we decided that we’d write a short article to explore the three benefits of having a professional massage after exercising to keep you on track to achieve your resolution, but more importantly to look after your body.

Well, as we are a professional massage practice in Leeds, we felt that it’d be really selfish if we didn’t share our top 3 benefits of a massage after a workout. Although, there is a common (and slightly incorrect) perception, that booking a massage is an indulgent luxury, rather than the many health benefits that this age-old practice provides. Now, we are not saying that you will not feel relaxed and revitalised, especially when you select a professional when booking a massage in Leeds. If you frequently workout we recommend that you book an occasional deep tissue massage or sports massage, as a trained masseur will be able to identify the trigger areas in your body to remove stress and tension.

So, let’s take a look at the three benefits.


Three Major Benefits of a post-workout massage

There are several reasons as to why you should occasionally incorporate a massage into your exercise regime. However, we thought that we’d focus on the top three.


1. Reduce Inflammation

Whether you’re an experienced gym goer or casual exerciser when you have a strenuous or solid exercise session, then your muscles will be more prone to inflammation. Some of you may have already experienced inflammation once or twice, a post-exercise massage will help to relieve inflammation in the long run, compared to taking an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. But, you don’t just have to take our word for it, as Men’s Fitness have included a post-work massage as part of their “must do’s” after exercising.


2. Decreases the Risk of Sports Injuries

It’s common knowledge that stretching and warming up before exercising is essential to prevent sports injuries. However, many people forget to look after their bodies after a workout, which is why a lot of us are left feeling stiff. Besides, a post work out massage leaving you to feel relaxed and refreshed, it’s a great way to heal and loosen your muscles and increase flexibility. When you’re muscles are flexible and supple, you will massively reduce the risk of experiencing a painful sports injury. So, if you have experienced severe pain or continuous discomfort after your exercise session, then seek the help of a trained therapist.


3. Faster Recovery

Did you know that a deep tissue, back or sports massage can help your muscles heal quickly? Honestly, we’re not biased, as a study conducted at the Ohio State University showed that having a massage after a workout reduces muscle scarring, and increases the formation of muscle. After an exercise session, particularly if you frequently workout, your body and muscles need time to repair. So if you’re eager to get straight back to it, then you seriously need to consider regular massages after exercising. A post-exercise massage will increase the blood flow and circulation, which will help your muscles to heel much faster, and, of course, feel refreshed, relaxed and revitalised.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone benefit from post-exercise massages?

Absolutely! Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or someone who enjoys casual workouts, the benefits of post-exercise massages are accessible to everyone.

How soon after exercise should I get a massage?

The timing of your massage is essential. It’s generally recommended to get a massage within a few hours to a day after your workout for maximum benefits.

Are there different types of post-exercise massages?

Yes, there are various massage techniques, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massages, each catering to different needs. Choosing the right one depends on your goals and preferences.

How long should a post-exercise massage last?

The duration of a massage can vary, but most sessions last between 30 minutes to an hour. Discuss your preferences with your massage therapist.

Can self-massage provide similar benefits?

Self-massage techniques can offer some relief, but professional massages tend to be more effective due to the expertise of the therapist.

Are there any contraindications for post-exercise massages?

While massages are generally safe, individuals with certain medical conditions should consult with a healthcare professional before getting a post-exercise massage to ensure it’s suitable for them.

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